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The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, which governs Olympic freeskiing and snowboarding in the U.S., announced today that former Olympic alpine ski racer Tiger Shaw has been selected to succeed longtime president and CEO Bill Marolt effective next spring.
Shaw was named chief operating officer through the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, at which point he will take Marolt's job. Marolt, who announced his intention to retire last fall, will leave after 18 years at the helm of America's national governing body for competitive skiing and snowboarding, including the newly minted Olympic freeskiing disciplines of halfpipe and slopestyle and the same two Olympic snowboarding disciplines.
USSA vice president of communications Tom Kelly told ESPN that Marolt decided five years ago that he would retire after the 2014 Olympics. Marolt is a former Olympic alpine racer, University of Colorado athletic director and Olympic alpine coach who coached Shaw at the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo.
Shaw was hired after an extensive search that involved both an internal search committee as well as an outside search firm. USSA hasn't had a COO for at least a year, Kelly said, but the seven-month span between now and when Shaw will take over as CEO provided an ideal period of indoctrination. "He's a (USSA athlete alumni) trustee, he works with this organization and he knows it very well," Kelly said.
In a press release, Marolt said of Shaw: "He brings an exceptional combination of leadership skills, knowledge and experience gained as an Olympian, USSA club coach, athlete parent and successful entrepreneur and business executive."
Shaw has most recently been employed as the senior director of response services at Global Rescue LLC, a crisis-response firm in Boston that handles USSA medevac services. He graduated from Dartmouth and skied in both the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics.
He said in the release that he would continue to chase the USSA's long-term vision of becoming the best in the world in all its disciplines and increasing the sports' visibility in the U.S., while also providing world-class education opportunities to USSA's athletes.
It remains undetermined whether Shaw will ultimately hire someone to fill the COO role when he moves up to Marolt's job. "That'll be Tiger's decision," Kelly said.