Marolt stepping down from USSA post Monday

BY foxsports • February 28, 2014

Bill Marolt will step down as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association on Monday, to be replaced by former Alpine skier Tiger Shaw, who competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.

Marolt had been planning to step down after the Olympics, and the timing of the move was announced Friday. The USSA won 17 medals at the Sochi Games, and 21 four years ago in Vancouver.

When Marolt came to USSA in 1996, the federation had won four Alpine medals at the previous Olympics.

Under his guidance, the USSA lobbied to have several action sports added to the Olympic program. The United States took 12 medals in snowboarding and freestyle skiing at the Sochi Games.

Those successes, plus improvements across the board in athlete training and funding, have turned the United States skiing program into a double-digit winner the last four Olympics.

''Bill Marolt has it all,'' said Scott Blackmun of the U.S. Olympic Committee. ''He was a stellar athlete, coach, athletic administrator and executive. He established a model for philanthropy that we all seek to emulate. We look forward to his continued involvement as a USOC board member.''

Marolt, a 1964 Olympian who skied at the University of Colorado and also served as the school's athletic director for 12 seasons, will remain a USOC board member and will also stay in an advisory position with USSA, as its representative to the International Ski Federation and in other roles.

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