Snowbowl’s Olympic Ties
The Winter Olympics are just around the corner and everyone is getting excited! With participants from all around the world competing, it’s interesting to see just how many Flagstaff and Snowbowl connections there are in the Olympic community.
Did you know the current U.S. Freeskiing Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Head Coach, Mike Jankowski, started in snow sports at Snowbowl? And Phil McNichol, a former head coach of U.S. Men’s Olympic Alpine Team, started out as an instructor at Snowbowl? Under McNichol’s guidance, U.S. skiers had four World Championship titles and eight medals, 42 World Cup victories, plus an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Games. He’s worked with infamous skiers such as Ted Ligety and Bode Miller.
Mark Lamberson, a Flagstaff local, was the Chief of Course at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics for snowboarding and ski events.
Susan Gaylord Goldsmith, a 1986 graduate of Flagstaff High School, learned to ski at Snowbowl and is the Managing Director of Partnership Marketing at United States Olympic Committee. She has held this position since 2003 and is responsible for strategic marketing, contact management, relationship marketing and overall client servicing. From 1991 to 1998, Susan was Account Manager for the US Ski Team.
Susan’s father is Dr. Bill Gaylord, winner of 2012 U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association West Family Award (USSA certified official). Goldsmith’s brother, Bill Gaylord, Jr., was a member of Great Britain’s Olympic Alpine Skiing Team in 1992 Winter Olympics and in the 1994 Winter Olympics. Bill Jr. also learned to ski at Arizona Snowbowl. Both Susan and Bill Jr. were born in England before moving to Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Ski Club continues to improve the skills and abilities of young skiers throughout Flagstaff. Who will be our next Olympic connect?