Women's Speed Head Coach Chip White (second from right, top row), has been named a final candidate for the USOC's Coach of the Year Award (Roger White)
PARK CITY, UT (March 28) – Chip White, Head Coach of the Best in the World women's alpine speed team, has been selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee as finalist for National Coach of Year – the organizations most prestigious coaching honor. During the 2013 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season White led all six of his athletes to the World Cup podium, four of them for the first time in their career. The Team captured the nations standings for downhill by a massive 457 point margin, Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) earned a record sixth straight downhill title and Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) was in the hunt for the super G title when the final race was canceled, regulating her to second. The award will be presented June 21st in Colorado Springs, CO.
Chip White is a finalist for the U.S. Olympic Committee National Coach of the Year Award – the organizations most prestigious coaching honor.
White has also won the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's International Alpine Coach of the Year honor in 2012 and 2009.
White is the Head Coach of the Best in the World women's alpine speed team, who placed all six World Cup athletes on the podium this season to win the nations standings for downhill by 457 points over Switzerland.
He has been with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association coaching program for the past 17 years and in the speed Head Coach position for the last three seasons.
During the 2013 season Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) recorded a record sixth straight World Cup downhill title, Julia Mancuso (Squaw Valley, CA) finished second in the super G standings and Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) won the St. Anton downhill for the first podium of her career.
Stacey Cook (Mammoth, CA) recorded two downhill podiums and finished fourth in the downhill standings.
Leanne Smith (N. Conway, NH) landed two downhill podiums and Laurenne Ross (Bend, OR) earned the first downhill podium of her career with a second place in the last staged race of the season.
In total, White and his staff helped boost four athletes into the top 10 of the final downhill standings and all six in the top 16.
During the 2012 season, of which the award recognizes, White's team scored 2,428 World Cup points and far exceeding second place Austria with 1,807 in the events of downhill and super G in the Nations Cup.
The award winner will be announced June 21 in Colorado Springs, CO.
QUOTES Lindsey Vonn How much does he care? Well, he cut his finger off last September with a table saw and he was still out on the mountain in October with is hand all taped up, but he was carrying gates around and wrenching them in. He was working just as hard as he always does even though he was in excruciating pain. He's a big reason we're successful as a group.
Leanne Smith Chip is one of the nicest guys that I know. He puts in so much hard work and tries to give us the right things that we need to be successful. He tries to get us training at the best places with the best conditions and to make the best plan possible.
If we miss a day of skiing, he is so bummed. He is just sad and inconsolable and feels like it's his fault. That shows how much he cares. He knows all of us on a personal level and that's important because this is an individual sport that needs a team to be successful.