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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games
Team Docs

Medical Department Staff

Jaron Santelli – Director of Sports Medicine


Jen Kimball – Medical Rehabilitation Specialist

Hometown - Ogden Utah

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: 
College began not too far from my roots in Ft. Collins, Colo., at Colorado State University studying Animal Science (driven by my love of animals) with the hopes of becoming a Veterinarian. After some time volunteering at the Veterinary Medicine Hospital, it didn't take long for me to decide that things would be a lot easier if my patients could talk. Feeling a bit lost after Freshman year, I returned to Utah and worked as a physical therapy aide in a skilled nursing facility. What do you know...I enjoyed helping sometimes cranky or inappropriate seniors make functional gains to improve their independence. Decidedly changing to a Pre-Physical Therapy major at the University of Utah I continued my education. In 2002, I graduated with my Master's in Physical Therapy, also six months pregnant with my oldest child. After some time working as an Early Intervention and School District physical therapist, and then with Wasatch Therapy half-time inpatient and half-time outpatient physical therapist, I found myself accepting a position at Intermountain McKay Dee Sports Medicine shortly after having our second child in 2005. It was while working for Intermountain that I met Dr. Jeff Harrison (a great Ogden area Orthopedic Surgeon, Women's Alpine Team Physician, and all-around good guy) and was connected with US Ski & Snowboard (USSA at the time). I began traveling a few weeks out of the year as a rotational therapist with a variety of teams (SBX, SX, SB Pipe, AE, and MO). I was also fortunate to have wonderful physical therapy colleagues who encouraged me, that even in my sleep-deprived working mom state, I was capable of getting my transitional doctorate degree (2010) and Sports (2012) and Orthopedic (2011) Specialist Certification. In November of 2011, my husband made a job change that brought him to Park City, and I began searching for work in the area as well. During my rotational travels with U.S. Ski & Snowboard, I had the opportunity to work with a variety of athletes, coaches, and team trainers/physical therapists and made a good impression with most. In March of 2012, I interviewed and accepted the position of Clinical Specialist at the Center of Excellence. With a lot of hard work and a little luck I found myself working with professional athletes, a far cry from the skilled nursing center that had first spawned my interest in physical therapy. Ultimately when the Sports Medicine department at USSA sustained budget cuts, the University of Utah Sports Medicine stepped up in a big way to continue to fund my position. I currently work 3/4 time US Ski and Snowboard, and 1/4 time at Alpine Sports Medicine (part of the University of Utah Health) in Park City.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: It's challenging to choose just one. I work with some amazing colleagues and athletes. We experience the highest of highs and the lowest of lows together. We are a weird dysfunctional family that must be flexible to our ever-changing environment, own up, apologize, and move on when we mess up (because we all do). We challenge each other professionally and personally to be the best of the best.

Q: What makes you happiest when you are not working?
A: Disconnecting from electronic devices and social media, usually doing something that most people would consider "hard" - i.e. challenging bike rides, backpacking or hiking/running, and watching/supporting my kid's passions. Two diverse outdoor settings give me the greatest happiness - the mountains, and coastal areas.

Q: When I was 10, I was pretty sure I'd be ______ when I grew up.
A: When I was about 10 I wanted to be an astronaut. I went to Space Camp when I was in 5th grade and was the pilot of our mission. Our team was team Uranus (you can't make this stuff up guys), but we kicked ass and won the best mission. Astronaut then morphed to fighter pilot when Top Gun came out :)
 


Bennett Quigley – Athletic Trainer - Snowboard Slope

Hometown - Rome, New York

Q: How did you come to be who you are? 
A: After many years of being a professional ski and snowboard instructor, I always wanted to find a way to bridge my medical background with the winter and snow sports. After receiving my Athletic Training degree from Canisius College and my master's in Exercise Science from Syracuse University, I received a college hockey position. This allowed me to work with many national-level athletes preparing for World Championship and Olympic events. These experiences enabled me to accept a position with U.S. Ski & Snowboard where we continue our goal of being the best in the world.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Watching athletes return to competition following injuries.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Hiking and climbing peaks with friends and family.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: "Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength." – Theodore Roosevelt

 

Jill Radzinski - Athletic Training - Freeski Halfpipe

Hometown - Dallas, PA

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I played field hockey at Penn State and I tore my ACL skiing when I was home for the holidays during my freshman year. When I returned to Penn State after the holiday break, I had to spend the next 10 months in the athletic training room doing my knee rehabilitation. My time spent in there opened my eyes to the world of sports medicine. Fortunately, Penn State had an athletic training major and I was able to continue to play field hockey and fulfill my athletic training requirements. After graduate school, I spent a year at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs as a sports medicine fellow. Following this opportunity, I worked with a variety of Olympic teams. One of my career goals was to work an Olympic games. I was fortunate to work two Olympic games as the head athletic trainer for the US Women's Ice Hockey team in 2010 & 2014. Concurrently, I was working in the collegiate setting and spent over 30 years in that capacity. My long term career goal was to work in the Olympic or professional setting full-time. I met Gillian, Kyle and Dave during my time with the women's hockey team and it has been my privilege to have the opportunity to work side by side with them for the past 2 years!

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: I'm passionate about learning and hungry for knowledge. I love being part of the high performance staff because EVERYONE is a "high performer" and there is ongoing and constant collaboration and growth. I'm humbled by the vast amount of expertise that encompasses our staff. It is also incredibly enriching to work with Olympic level athletes and be part of their journey. They challenge me everyday to be a better clinician. I really enjoy being able to travel with the U.S. Freeski Halfpipe Team and compliment that with my time spent in the COE facilitating rehabilitation.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Mountain biking, snowboarding, going to the movies, eating really good food, seeking adventure and exploring the great outdoors!

Q: What do you think are the best skills you bring to the job?
A: I attend a lot of seminars and I value the content that allows me to blend many of these techniques as a clinician. I feel it's important to be open minded and remain hungry for current strategies, yet embrace the basics.

Q: When I was 10, I was pretty sure I'd be ______ when I grew up.
A: A veterinarian!



Emilie Whittemore - Physical Therapist - Snowboard Halfpipe

Hometown - Toronto, Canada

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I was born Canadian and became American. I always followed in the footsteps of my older brother when it came to sports. From skiing, to surfing, to mountain biking, I wanted to catch up to him all except for catching up to his injury accumulation. Through seeing his surgeries and rehabilitations, I knew I wanted to be part of that process and make a difference in people's outcomes in returning to activities. After finishing my Master's in Physical Therapy in Vancouver, BC I began practicing in Whistler. I have pursued my passion for working in snow sports ever since. Now living in the US and in my second season with the U.S. Snowboard Halfpipe team, I am excited to continue my growth as a therapist and continue to support the progression of the athletes, sport, and the organization.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Traveling the world and watching athletes fly through the air, and land safely.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Touring around on skis or a bike looking for some good lines

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: The best posture is the next one.

 

 

Timothy Andrews - Athletic Trainer - Mens Alpine Europa Cup

Hometown -Farmington, ME

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: While growing up in the foothills of Maine as an alpine and nordic ski racer, I watched my brother receive excellent care by a physical therapist. I knew that I wanted to serve a similar role in helping others. I took a gap year between high school and college as an exchange student in Sweden, which taught me to appreciate different cultures and perspectives. While in athletic training school at Springfield College in Massachusetts, I fell in love with providing care to different populations and was able to continue my passion as a ski racer in USCSA. I knew that combining the two would make me extremely happy and I was surprised how perfect the combination was when I worked at Gould Academy as an athletic trainer. At Gould, I saw the challenge of providing care and incorporating injury prevention strategies for skiers and snowboarding athletes. I knew that I needed to elevate my knowledge if I was going to help improve the health and quality of life of skiers and snowboarders. I graduated from Indiana State University's Doctorate in Athletic Training program in May of 2020 after learning about how to use quality improvement strategies, leadership and administration skills, and practice based research to provide patient centered and holistic evidence based care. I am grateful for all of my experiences and the people that have helped me get to where I am and try to give back by serving others.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Patient care along with the therapeutic relationship I have with patients and helping them achieve their goals. I also love the constant challenge and problem solving.

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not working?
A: Backpacking or backcountry canoe/kayak trips. Great to escape and get off the grid.

Q: What are some of the causes you care about?
A: Climate change, alternative energy, and conservation efforts.

 

 

Sara Chavez - Physical Therapist - Freeski Slopestyle

Hometown - Westbrook, CT

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I have been a lifelong athlete playing soccer, field hockey, basketball and softball with multiple injuries. I knew at a young age I wanted to be a physical therapist.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Working with amazingly talented athletes, using my skills and traveling the world

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Skiing or cycling

Q: What would be your personal motto?
A: You can sleep when you're dead

Q: What do you think are the best skills you bring to the job?
A: Manual therapy skills

Q: If you went to happy hour, what would you order?
A: Gin and Tonic

Q: What is your morning routine?
A: Roll out of bed, make eggs, plan a cycle or ski day

Q: What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?
A: Ski Japan


 

Name - Peter Toohey

Hometown - Denver, Colorado

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: Focus and discipline

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: International travel

Q: On the weekends you can usually find me...?
A: Outside with my family

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not working?
A: Being with my family

Q: What would be your personal motto?
A: 
Failing to plan is planning to fail - BF

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: You never get a second chance to make a first impression

Q: What is your morning routine?
A: Check COVID-19 daily checks on Smartabase

Q: What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?
A: Travel to Africa

 

Name - Caitlin Dios

Hometown - Salinas, California

Q: How did you come to be who you are? 
A: I have the most supportive team of family and friends around me who continually encourage me to pursue the path I want. I had a clear idea of what I wanted to achieve from a young age and was able to put my full effort into creating the life I imagined. With a combination of hard work and great timing, I've been a Hornet, a Volunteer, a Banana Slug, and I ran away to join the circus before coming to Park City to join the best team in the world!

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The FUN! Creating connections, trust, and respect in a positive environment to help people through difficult situations. 

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: If at first you don't succeed, order pizza.

Q: When I was 10, I was pretty sure I’d be ______ when I grew up?
A: A Broadway actress
 

 

Athletic Development

 

Calin Butterfield - High Performance Coordinator

Hometown - San Diego, CA and Jacksonville, OR

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I've always been curious about most things, and I think that my engine is fueled by learning. This is with unimportant stuff (physical shape of the universe, Thai curry recipes, who does the voice for that character in that one movie)...but sometimes, when I'm lucky, my curiosity aligns with my work/career.

Growing up on the west coast, I got used to being outside and in nature. In the formative years of my youth we had one television station (old school rabbit ears), so we were outside...a lot. I was exposed to "activity" more through manual labor (chores) and playing outside in the woods than I was through sport(s). As much as I hated bucking hay, replacing fences, cleaning irrigation ditches, laying cinder blocks, clearing undergrowth, chopping wood, weed-whacking, etc., it gave me plenty of time to be contemplative, a skill that has served me well. Eventually, I became really interested in the human machine and it's versatility - which led me to study it in college.

I am still amazed with the human machine, but my initial curiosity about the "machine" has grown to encapsulate the whole system - why and how we are the way we are; why and how we move the way we move; how can we "be" better; and how can we learn better? Having lived all over the country over the past decade and worked in many different environments (pro/elite sport, military, corporate wellness, youth development), I have more questions than answers.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The freedom to explore and investigate things that I am passionate about, to take a crack at something and see how it turns out (spoiler: usually blowing up in a massive dumpster-bonfire), while being surrounded with a team of people who support and challenge you to be your best!

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not working?
A: Well, obviously, spending time with my beautiful wife and our geriatric dog, but secondary to that - lifting freaking weight. A few more things that make me happy are; reading, cooking and eating (and sometimes not eating...) food, investing and trading, playing video games, attempting to write fiction and poetry, and doing nothing, or very little at all.

Q: What do you think are the best skills you bring to the job?
A: Compassion, open-mindedness, analysis, creativity, and humility. See what I did there...?

Q: When I was 10, I was pretty sure I'd be _______ when I grew up.
A: Taller…


 

Tschana Schiller - Athletic Development Manager 

Hometown - Las Vegas, Nevada

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: Most of my childhood was spent exploring the desert southwest and playing any sport I could try. I eventually found a love for the game of soccer and that shaped my path through college. Flagstaff, AZ became my next home while simultaneously earning a degree and chasing the soccer ball around for 4 more years. Flag and the surrounding areas continued to ignite my love of the outdoors, exploration, and adventure. Eventually, one of my coaches suggested I try out coaching as well, and thats where I found a love of human performance. In 2006, I took a chance and packed up my life to move to Park City, UT for an internship with US Ski and Snowboard and to race snowboards with the Park City Snowboard Team. I didn't quite make my goal of racing snowboards professionally, but after nearly 2 years of an applied internship at US Ski and Snowboard, I was offered a job and I was smart enough to not pass that up! So here I am, still working with some of the raddest athletes on Earth, as well as some of the most inspirational and bright colleagues in the game, and for that I am extremely grateful.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: I can honestly say that most days don't feel like 'work'. I get to collaborate, challenge, question, learn and laugh with some of my closest friends.  We have the opportunity to be creative, try new things think outside the box, fail, and try again. It certainly doesn't hurt that many days our 'work' also involves hitting the trails, riding the slopes, or heading to the skate park with our athletes.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Exploring the outdoors with my husband and daughter, having many memorable 'misadventures'. Whether it’s breaking down on our motos in the middle of the desert, trying to hang onto our dory on the wild rivers of Utah, backcountry skiing into some faraway yurt, or patching numerous mountain bike tires, the journey is always worth it. It's a blast watching my daughter grow and learn new skills in her environment. Plus, all the misadventures make for some great stories to share around the campfire down the road!

Q: What are some of the causes you care about?
A: Environment, climate, human rights

Q: What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?
A: Travel and 'road school' our daughter for a year.


 

Bob Poehling - Athletic Development Coordinator - Womens Alpine

Hometown - La Crosse, WI

Q: How did you come to be who you are?

A: Growing up and to this day, my family either watches or attends just about any Wisconsin sporting event possible. If we weren't going to the games, we would find random 5k races somewhere just before our own soccer games. I guess that's how you make kids tired so they sleep! Needless to say, my life has always revolved around sport. I've also always been fascinated with science and finding organization and answers. Unfortunately, after a BA in Biology and an MSc in Kinesiology, all I have figured out is that it's about quantifying uncertainty. So now I'm living my dream of using science to help sport performances in a small way.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The constant problem-solving; whether it is balancing concurrent training demands in the gym, finding a bike wheel in Europe, or an excel formula that will help the ski coaches.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: 
I've recently taken up carpentry and woodworking. As a new homeowner, I have a never-ending list of project ideas. My first pleasantly surprised my wife, so I think I'll be allowed a second.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: 
It is in giving that we receive - Saint Francis of Assisi

 

Josh Bullock - Athletic Development Coach - Freestyle Moguls

Hometown - Salt Lake City

Q: How did you come to be who you are? 
A: As a kid, I grew up playing every sport imaginable. That was formally trimmed to three in high school and eventually to one in college. In college, I sought to become a teacher and physical educator until the University hired a strength and conditioning coach. I immediately changed career paths, or so I thought. It wasn't until I entered the workforce that I realized I was, in fact, a teacher and physical educator. My career of 17 years has taken me to four states and I have fulfilled a myriad of roles - including director, manager, educator, advisor, coach, and friend.

In sum, I have had the great fortune of working with some truly inspiring people on some really challenging, enjoyable, and innovative projects. I have worked alongside, and become friends with, many influential and creative individuals along the way. I believe in the power of collaboration to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Far and away the best part of my job is working with trusted and highly motivated colleagues.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: 
Playing in the literal or proverbial backyard that is Utah with my family.

Q: What is your morning routine?
A: At 5 am I have my first cup of coffee and get some work done or workout. At 6:30 am, I begin the sprint to get my now 5 year old ready and out the door while we play, imagine, and debate if the clothing selection for the day has the right deets.

 

Matt Voss - Athletic Development Coach - Freeski/Snowboard

Hometown - Orlando, FL

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: Growing up, athletics were always a big part of my identity. From youth city league to collegiate sports, it’s been my outlet and my favorite way to express myself. I started my career as a K-5 P.E. educator and fell in love with teaching movement. From there, I continued to receive opportunities to work with athletes at all different levels. Along the way, I was able to pick up two degrees from the University of Central Florida (2017 national champs) and a graduate degree from the University of Oregon. 10 years later, I now find myself as the Athletic Development Coach for the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski- Halfpipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air teams.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: Building relationships and unlimited pretzels

Q: What are some of the causes you care about?
A: Creating space where people feel seen and valued, empowering minoritized communities, and dismantling the patriarchy

Q: What would be your personal motto?
A: Always say no to mayo
 

Farzad Jalilvand

Hometown - Los Angeles

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I think a lot of it has to do with me being a former competitive soccer player. My drive of finding ways to separate myself from other players has really shaped my career and ultimately, how I ended up being involved with athletic development. After my career ended, I wanted to continue to be involved with training and helping other players to become better, and to avoid the training pitfalls that I experienced. In this pursuit, I ended up moving to the United States in 2004 for an education in kinesiology. I currently hold a bachelors degree in kinesiology and a masters degree in exercise physiology. I am also currently in pursuit of a professional doctoral degree in sport and exercise. Fast forwarding to the present day, the last decade has included countless of hours spent inside and outside the weight-room training athletes form the high-school, collegiate, and elite levels. I am grateful for these experiences as they have prepared me for my current role as an Athletic Development Coach for U.S Ski & Snowboard.

What is the best part of your job?
A: 
Being part of something bigger than myself, the collaborative environment, random banter with my colleagues, and of course being able to wear comfortable athletic gear year around as part of my work.

Q: What would be your personal motto?
A: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity- Seneca 

Q: What is the next thing you want to accomplish on your bucket list?
A: 
Become a beer Brewmaster


 

High Performance Staff

Gus Kaeding - Performance Data Manager

Hometown - Worcester, VT

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: 
I grew up running around the backwoods of Vermont. We were a very active family, but our favorite activity was always cross country skiing. Though I skied in college and briefly as a professional, I found much more success as a coach, eventually coaching several U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes. I always had a parallel interest in numbers, so after a few years of coaching I decided to return grad school in hopes of helping U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes on a more macro level. Luckily, after school I was able to find my way into our High Performance department!

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: The athletes of course! Watching an athlete accomplish one of their major goals and knowing that you were a (small) part of that is incredibly rewarding.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Out on the trails, whether they be snow or dirt!

Q: What are some of the causes you care about?
A: Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion

Q: Best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: If you want to advance quickly, find a problem that someone else has and solve it!


 

Alexander Cohen - USOPC Senior Sport Psychologist

Hometown -Houston, TX

Q: How did you come to be who you are? 
A: In my freshman year of college, my lacrosse coach told me that I'd be moved up to varsity as soon as I got out of my own way. I remember nodding in agreement, but I wasn't really sure what my coach meant...then I took a sport psychology class and realized not only what I needed to work on myself, but also that I wanted to create a career helping athletes with the psychological aspects of performance excellence.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: 
I'm grateful to honestly be able to say that I have the best career I can imagine. As a Senior Sport Psychologist with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, my goal is to help athletes focus on the right thing, at the right time, every time. I'm fortunate to be able to support amazing athletes and coaches while working alongside interdisciplinary teams of dedicated sport scientists, athlete development/S&C coaches, sports medicine professionals, sport nutritionists, and high performance directors. As someone who identifies as a white male, I'm also keenly aware that injustice is the status quo in our culture. It's important that I use any privilege I might have to speak out against injustice, working to create equity and inclusion within systems and organizations across the Olympic and Paralympic movement.

Q: On weekends, you can usually find me...?
A: Traveling with teams for camps/competitions, spending time with my wife and son, skiing, golfing, and running with our golden retriever.

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not working?
A: Watching my son crush moguls!

Q: What are some of the causes you care about?
A: Social justice; Sustainable climate/environment (#ProtectOurWinters, @ProtectWinters)

Q: What would be your personal motto?

A: 1. "Performance Readiness is the ability to focus on the right thing, at the right time, every time."

2. "Measure twice, cut once."

 

 

Ricki Walker - Sport Psychologist

Hometown - Aurora, CO

Q: How did you come to be who you are?
A: I believe sport played a large role in shaping the person I am today. Through sport I learned how to be accountable, resilient, trustworthy, and flexible.

Q: What is the best part of your job?
A: I love being able to be part of an athlete's growth and identity development that not only allows them to be successful in sport, but also successful in life.

Q: What are you happiest doing when you are not working?
A: 
Petting all the dogs

Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: 
Motivation starts with action, not the other way around

 

U.S. Ski & Snowboard High Performance Philosophy

WHY:

“To inspire, train, and educate U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes and teams to maximize their physical and mental preparedness because we care about people, and the pursuit of personal and athletic greatness.”

 

PROCESS:

Foster a culture of strong, diverse leaders by: 

·  Nurturing an inclusive, physically and psychologically Safe environment.

·  Championing continuous competitive improvement by pushing the limits of human performance and personal and professional Excellence.

·  Collaborating through open discussion, having fun, and creating solutions that cultivate a strong Team.

 

OUTCOME:

Develop competent, confident, and connected athletes and teams of strong character that are physically and mentally prepared to be the best in the world in skiing and snowboarding.

 

ASPIRATIONAL VISION:

Be the best in the world at Olympic Skiing and Snowboarding.