U.S. Freestyle Ski Team Announces Coaching Staff Changes
PARK CITY, UT (July 8, 2016) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) announced today that recently retired U.S. Freestyle Ski Team athlete Emily Cook will be re-joining the team as the aerials C team coach.
Cook, who retired from the national team after the 2013-14 season, comes in with a strong knowledge of the sport of aerials through competition and coaching experience. She was an athlete for over 15 years, landing 9 World Cup podiums and competing at seven FIS World Championships. Cook also competed in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games, posting her best finish of eighth place in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
During her time as an athlete and after her retirement, Cook helped coach athletes on the national team as well as athletes in Fly Freestyle, a local club in Park City. For the past two years, Cook has also been working at Skullcandy as manager of sport and human potential, where she and her team have been investigating music’s relationship with performance. In her new role with the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, Cook will coach the Team’s six C team athletes while providing support to coaches Todd Ossian and Matt Saunders on the World Cup.
“I could not be more excited to rejoin the aerials team as the athletes prepare for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea,” said Cook. “I have prepared for many Olympic Games in my career, but I am especially excited to support the team for this one. I am completely blown away by the hard work and talent on this team and the impressive pipeline of development athletes we have. I was supported by this organization for so long, and I am really looking forward to being a part of the amazing team that stands behind the athletes every day.”
Former Fly Freestyle coach Jack Boyczuk will also be joining the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team staff this season as an assistant coach for USSA’s Elite Aerial Development Program. Based at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, NY, EADP is one of the USSA’s most successful development programs and has produced many great athletes, including World Cup champions Ashley Caldwell, Kiley McKinnon and Mac Bohonnon.
“Emily and Jack have a great knowledge of the sport and the ability to work with our athletes to bring them to the next level,” said USSA Freestyle Program Director Todd Schirman. “Our aerials program has seen a lot of success in the past few years and, with a strong coaching team in place, we expect that success to continue leading in to 2018 and beyond.”
For more information on USSA’s freestyle programs, visit freestyle.usskiteam.com.