Maintaining a focus on elite teams but also pushing broader sport participation was a key message of USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw in his opening address to around 200 delegates at USSA Congress 2014 in Park CIty, UT.
PARK CITY, UT (May 16) – U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw opened USSA Congress 2014 Friday, conveying a message about the importance of keeping a focus on elite athletic success while fostering growth through broader participation in the sport. Shaw’s conversation with over 200 delegates kicked off the organization’s annual meeting in Park City around a theme of Best in the World: What does it mean? In his address he centered his storylines and messages on the vital role that every athlete, coach, parent, judge, official and club plays in the overall success of the sport.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Tiger Shaw opened USSA Congress 2014 with a message of keeping a focus on elite athletic success while fostering growth through broader participation in the sport.
Around 200 delegates gathered for the opening conversation with the new leader of the National Governing Body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding.
Shaw spoke from the perspective of a successful alpine racer and Olympian himself, as well as a coach, parent, competition official and club leader.
Shaw’s conversation with sport leaders from clubs nationwide focused on the role everyone plays in the ultimate success of athletes and the organization.
Under a theme of Best in the World: What does it mean?, he emphasized the vital role everyone plays in the success of the sport.
The USSA established a Best in the World vision in 1997, leading to a period of sweeping athletic success. At the 2010 Olympics, U.S. skiers and snowboarders won 21 medals to become Best in the World. At Sochi this past February, 17 athletes won medals including a record eight gold.
This spring, Shaw has led a broadening of the organization with new membership categories, services and club programs.
USSA Congress 2014 is the annual meeting of the National Governing Body for Olympic skiing and snowboarding held in Park City, UT.
Shaw joined the USSA management team last fall as chief operating officer and took over as president and CEO in March.
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
We need to continue to focus on winning medals – that will always be important. But, at the same time, we need to embrace participation, foster growth and bring new kids into the sport. Everyone plays a role.
The major, unwavering focus of our national teams is and always will be to be the Best in the World. So what does that vision mean to you as a club director, judge or official, parent, coach or administrator? The elite pipeline seems distant. Well, it is not as distant as you might think. It is no disconnect. Rather it is a tight connection to a dream that only some might realize, but with mere pursuit, you become an intrinsic and even critical part of it.
Every club, school and academy supports the few who make it to Best in the World. Some clubs have a portion of their members shooting for the top. Some have very few. Nonetheless, the few who ascend into that elite track are supported by all. It takes camaraderie, companionship, shared experiences, special times and pure joy to keep all the athletes going. It is the love of one’s own sport that drives the world’s best to high achievement.