Two time Olympian Tiger Shaw has assumed leadership of the USSA as its new president and CEO, transitioning after retiring Bill Marolt who led the organization to its greatest heights since 1996.
PARK CITY, UT (Feb. 28) – Olympian Tiger Shaw will take over as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association effective March 3 as part of a long-planned transition, USSA Chairman Dexter Paine announced. Shaw was named chief operating officer last fall. Marolt led the organization to its greatest athletic achievements in history. He will continue as an advisor to the chairman, working specifically as a board member of the International Ski Federation, U.S. Olympic Committee and 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, as well as supporting the USSA in a fundraising role.
Olympian Tiger Shaw will begin his new role as president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association March 3, according to USSA Chairman Dexter Paine. The move was part of a long-planned leadership transition for the national governing body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding.
Shaw succeeds Bill Marolt, who led the USSA to its greatest athletic success in history, with 17 individual medalists, including eight champions, at the recent Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, as well as 17 athletes winning 21 medals at Vancouver in 2010.
Marolt has led the USSA since 1996 and also served as U.S. Ski Team alpine director in the 1980s. In his two tenures with the organization, he oversaw 70 of the 95 medals won by U.S. skiers and snowboarders since the start of the Winter Games in 1924.
Shaw, a native of Stowe, VT and a two-time Olympic alpine ski racer, was named chief operating August 28 and started in that role October 1. He has spent the last five months working closely with Marolt in learning the organization and building the network of stakeholders.
Marolt will continue in an advisory position with the USSA in four key areas. He will remain as U.S. representative to the International Ski Federation’s Council, board member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, executive board member of the 2015 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek, and will play a role in support in the USSA’s fundraising efforts.
Shaw, along with his wife Kristin and family, moved to Park City this past fall.
QUOTES Dexter Paine, Chairman, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Bill Marolt is the most successful leader in the long history of the USSA. He not only helped U.S. athletes achieve Olympic success, but built an organization that is strong, stable and poised for the future. Projects such as the USSA Center of Excellence, U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper and our endowment will positively affect generations of ski and snowboard athletes. Bill and his wife Connie, who was always at his side, have earned our deepest respect for what they have done for the USSA.
Tiger Shaw will capitalize on that as he takes command of the most diverse organization in Olympic sport. He has taken great advantage of the last five months to learn and we look forward to his leadership.
Tiger Shaw The Best in the World vision established under Bill Marolt’s leadership has aided our athletes in achieving their dreams. It’s an honor to follow in Bill’s footsteps and continue that vision into the future. My last five months working with Bill have been inspirational and educational, getting to know the organization and each of its sport programs. We have an amazing management team and staff in place and I look forward to the challenge of leading the USSA.
Bill Marolt When I began my role as president and CEO in 1996, I emphasized a complete focus on athletes. I’m most proud of the fact that we’ve maintained that focus – from parents to clubs to our elite teams. The athletic achievements in Vancouver and Sochi are a testament to our entire USSA family never losing sight of our primary purpose – to support athletes.
The five months working with Tiger on the transition has been very productive. He has worked diligently to learn the organization and each of our sports, as well as establishing his network of stakeholders. I feel confident that the USSA is in great leadership hands. I look forward to continuing my contributions through roles in FIS, USOC, 2015 World Championships and fundraising.
About the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, established in 1905, is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding, and the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. Its vision is to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, and to provide leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA operates out of it’s national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.