Local Sports Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Lindh hired as ski coach at Whistler Mountain, B.C.

Former Juneau resident Hilary Lindh has been hired as a ski coach for the Whistler Mountain Ski Club in British Columbia, the Whistler Question reported last week.

Lindh won the downhill race at the 1997 World Championships in Italy, was the silver medal winner in the downhill in the 1992 Albertville Olympics, and was a three-time World Cup event winner. Lindh competed for 13 years on the U.S. Ski Team (1985-97), and now makes her home in Sqamish, Bristish Columbia.

In her new job, Lindh will replace Canadian ski legend Rob Boyd, who has been hired to work with the Canadian women's World Cup ski team. She will work with the first-year FIS (Federation Internationale de Ski) team, a group of predominately 15-year-olds that she took to a ski camp in Australia in August.

"We can't measure the competitive advantage that Hilary gives us as a ski racing club, but I can tell you that each day she inspires one of the athletes or coaches to become a world champion," program director Nigel Cooper told the Question. "You can't teach, train or buy that kind of stuff."

Lindh will work with head coach Sead Causevic to train the young skiers. Over the last few months, Lindh and Causevic have been working on getting equipment ready and preparing the skiers for the upcoming season. Their season starts in mid-December.

"Since returning from Australia, we've had a really good block of conditioning training," Lindh told the Question. "Everyone that Sead and I have been working with has shown improvements in overall strength, balance and coordination."

Savikko, Skrzynski win Eaglecrest scholarships

The Eaglecrest Ski Area Board of Directors announced Tuesday that Juneau students Amanda Savikko and Dylan Skrzynski are the 2004 recipients of the Hilary Lindh Season Pass Scholarships.

Savikko, a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School, and Skrzynski, a fifth grader at Gastineau Elementary School, were chosen from a field of applicants based on their competitive spirit and academic achievement. Savikko has been skiing with the ORCA program for three years, while Skrzynski likes to snowboard.

The scholarship program, now in its seventh year, was started in recognition of the accomplishments of Lindh, who started her decorated skiing career on the Eaglecrest slopes.

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