Like most Americans, I was glued to coverage of the London Olympics this summer. Last week, at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s annual Olympic Assembly, the organization celebrated the success that brought 104 medals to Team USA, sending 208 individuals home to their communities with gold, silver or bronze and the spirit of Olympism.
As I listened to presentations from great Olympic champions like Dan O’Brien and Steve Holcomb, I was reminded of the amazing opportunity that athletes have in our country. As an Olympic sports organization, the USSA strongly values our partnership with the USOC. More than any time in our history, we are aligned on principles and working hand-in-hand to support the Olympic success of our skiing and snowboarding athletes.
Americans are inspired by athletic success. Our role at the USSA, through local clubs across the country, is to provide opportunities for athletes to achieve their Olympic dreams and goals. We are a Best in the World Olympic sports organization!
Similarly, the USOC employs a mission focused on sustained competitive excellence. That was the message from Chairman Larry Probst, President and CEO Scott Blackmun and High Performance Director Alan Ashley as they spoke to us last week. It was inspiring to celebrate the success of London, as well as understanding the commitment of the USOC towards Sochi.
The success of ski and snowboarding athletes is dependent on all of us working together. It takes collaboration between the USOC and USSA, along with each of the more than 400 local USSA clubs, for those athletes to stand atop that Olympic podium.
Thanks for your partnership!
Bill Marolt President and CEO U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
USSA VISION The Vision of the USSA is to make the United States of America the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding.
USSA MISSION The Mission of the USSA is to provide strong leadership that establishes and supports athletic excellence in accordance with USSA core values.
USOC MISSION To support U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes in achieving sustained competitive excellence and to preserve the Olympic Ideals, thereby inspiring all Americans.
USOC OPERATING PRINCIPLES 1. We will invest our high performance resources in programs that drive the achievement of sustained competitive excellence at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. That means we will: • Invest in the best opportunities for medals. • Fully integrate all resources. • Customize the allocation of resources. • Ensure consistency and continuity of resources.
2. We will grow and protect the Olympic and Paralympic brands in the United States in order to ensure long term support for our NGBs and athletes.
3. We will operate in a spirit of partnership with, and service to, our NGBs, athletes, business partners and donors.
4. We will be an active and engaged partner in the worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Movements.