|Grover, Vordenberg Named US Coaches|
PARK CITY, UT – Chris Grover is the new development coach for cross country skiing and Finnish native Riku Ayri the new World Cup coach for jumping while two-time Olympian Dave Jarrett has been selected development coach for the nordic combined team, U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner said Friday in announcing new coaching assignments.
Grover, 31, replaces Miles Minson, who resigned after five seasons as development head coach. Grover, originally from Anchorage, AK, raced for Dartmouth College but turned to coaching after graduation and coached at Vermont’s Stratton Mountain School, the Sun Valley (ID) Ski Education Foundation and Mount Bachelor (OR) Ski Education Foundation before joining the U.S. coaching staff as assistant coach with the 2000 season. He and his wife Svea live in Heber City with their two-month-old daughter, Eva Katerina.
Ayri (ay-OO-ree), 28, is a former Finnish national team jumper – when U.S. Head Coach Kari Ylianttila was Finland’s head coach through the early Nineties – who turned to coaching. He has worked with the powerful Lahti Ski Club jumping program and, for the past four seasons, was a Continental Cup coach for Finland. He is moving to Park City.
Jarrett, also 31, had the best U.S. nordic combined result at the 1993 World Championships in Sweden and, after six seasons of World Cup competition, retired following the 1998 season. He came out of Steamboat Springs, CO, and competed in two Olympics and three World Championships, and has been athletic director and head coach for the past two seasons at Soldier Hollow, the 2002 Olympic cross country venue. He and his wife Kelly also live in Heber City.
In addition, Bodensteiner said Pete Vordenberg, another two-time Olympian, would be the new assistant cross country coach under Head Coach Trond Nystad while Corby Fisher had been named jumping coach under Head Coach Bard Jorgen Elden for nordic combined.
Vordenberg, 30, originally from Boulder, CO, raced in the 1992 and ’94 Olympics. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he was the 1992 NCAA 20-km freestyle champion. He coached at the University of New Mexico for two seasons and has coached with The Factory Team, which competes primarily and runs clinics at long-distance races. He will move to Park City this summer.
Fisher, 26, grew up in Steamboat Springs, CO, and was a U.S. team jumper in the mid-Nineties until a severe concussion from a training crash ended his competitive career. He has been the program director and jumping head coach for the Utah Olympic Park-based National Sports Foundation at Bear Hollow, on the outskirts of Park City, for the past four seasons.
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