Last June, US Ski & Snowboard announcement the hiring of Greta Anderson as development team coach, Cross-Country Program Manager Bryan Fish in “all aspects of leadership and logistics surrounding the United States’ development path, including National Training Squad Camps, U.S. National and Junior/U23 Championships, Europa Cup, select SuperTours and other national level competitions, as well as work on Coach Education and Attestation.” (Read an in-depth interview with Anderson following the announcement here.)
As she described it, joining the staff of the U.S. Ski Team for an Olympic year as the COVID-19 pandemic raged was a bit of a “trial by fire.” Nonetheless, Anderson thrived in his new role, approaching the position with humility and an open mind while learning the ropes. With a holistic view of athlete development, which emphasizes the importance of creating an environment where the athlete can be both happy and supported, Anderson has had the opportunity to support athletes at the U16 level at U23 level across the spectrum of international and national clubs and races. She played key roles during the 2022 FIS Junior/U23 World Ski Championships in Lygna, Norway and had his first experience as a Senior Tour Leader during the Opa Cup Final pre-camp and competitions in Sappada, Italy.
In this conversation, you’ll learn more about Anderson’s contributions to the development program thus far, and she shares insight into the philosophy, projects, and initiatives that US Ski & Snowboard staff are working on to continue the growth and support for athletes moving up the course from junior race to senior race. We also discuss outstanding performances from the U23/Junior World Championships, and some of the athletes who have recently been named to the 2022-23 United States Cross Country Team.
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To note: One of Anderson’s talks is Finn O’Connell, who skis for the Bridger Ski Foundation Pro team in Bozeman, MT. While he was backed by the development team coaches in the Opa Cup final, his appointment was in the B team, not the D team.