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Coaches

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

Bobby Aldighieri, Freestyle Program Director

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“I am excited to work with the coaches and athletes in all Freestyle disciplines,” Aldighieri said. “It’s important to build up the grass roots level, help build the sport, and maintain the professionalism of the SSWSC programs. This program has a history of excellence; my goal is to keep that excellence going at the highest levels from proper technical coaching for the youngest kids right up through our potential Olympians. I have enjoyed this sport for so long and really feel fortunate to have found a passion that I can pass on to others.”

Aldighieri has a long history of success as an athlete and a coach. He spent 7 years on the US Ski Team where he attained #5 ranking in the World Status. He won a World Cup Gold Medal in 1988 and was part of the 1991 World Championship Team, and then attended the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. After retiring from the US Ski Team, Aldighieri joined the Professional Ski Tour and became the first mogul skier in history to win a World Cup and a Professional Event. Post tour, Aldighieri worked for SSWSC as head coach of the Mogul Program before coaching the Canadian National Ski Team/Olympic Team and then with the Canadian Sport Institute in Whistler, British Columbia, as their Moguls Talent Development Coach. SSWSC is thrilled to see the return of Aldighieri to a position of leadership where his successes can influence the club’s program.

Ann Battelle, Junior Freestyle Coach

Ann Battelle, Junior Freestyle Coach

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Ann Battelle is relieved to finally be back in the Yampa Valley. Having moved away for 12 years, she returns with her family and a renewed excitement for mogul skiing. A long time mogul competitor for SSWSC, Ann is Steamboat’s first 4-Time Olympian, a World Champion and 6-Time National Champion.

Ann brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the U12 skiers. Ann spent most of her summers while on the US Ski Team coaching competitive mogul skiers. Upon retiring, she changed her focus to off snow training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, helping aspiring skiers be properly prepared for the ski season. As well, she coached women’s clinics at Eldora and Steamboat.

With a new appreciation for using flat skiing to improve mogul skiing, Ann is is excited to bring her perspective and skills to the SSWSC athletes.

Kate Blamey, Head Coach High Performance Group

Kate Blamey, Head Coach High Performance Group

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Kate comes from Melbourne, Australia and grew up skiing in at Mt. Buller from the age of two!  Throughout her childhood she competed in a variety of winter sports including alpine racing, cross country skiing and snowboarding; she began to focus on freestyle mogul skiing at the age of 15. The following year Kate qualified for the Australian Mogul Development Team where she remained a scholarship holder for three years until she injured herself in 2008 and decided to concentrate on her academic pursuits.

Over the following six years Kate obtained a variety of qualifications, including:

- Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
- Master of Human Nutrition (2016)
- FIS Freestyle Judge –A/B License
- Level 3 APSI Ski Instructor Certificate
- Level 2 Freestyle Skiing Coach Certificate
- Level 1 Trampoline Certificate
- Australian First Aid Certificate

Prior to joining the SSWSC team Kate was coaching on the Nor-Am tour since 2012 and has assisted athletes to achieve impressive results in large part due to her attention to detail and her commitment to quality.

“I’m really excited to make the move from Australia to the U.S. to work with the Steamboat Springs high performance mogul athletes. There are several rising stars in the team and I am confident that with hard work and dedication there’s no limit to what we can achieve together.”

 

Lars Johnson, Jr. Ability Head Coach

Lars Johnson, Jr. Ability Head Coach

Lindsey Eckhoff, U13 and U10 Moguls Coach

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Growing up as a competitive mogul skier, Lindsey has spent a lifetime on the slopes. She was born and raised in Breckenridge CO, and spent some time competing for Team Vail. Lindsey began skiing at the age of two, and when she was old enough, knew that she had a true passion for the bumps, and started competing at the age of 10. Lindsey attended Summit High School, and was on the elite athlete program. She competed at Nor-Ams, Nationals, and was the 2016 Rocky Mountain Divisional champion.

After her adventure in mogul skiing, she decided to move to Steamboat Springs, and begin a new adventure consisting of school at Colorado Mountain College, and becoming a part of SSWSC; and also discovered country swing dancing! “Steamboat truly is the best place on Earth and I couldn’t possibly be happier to live here, as well as coach for such a strong team!” says Lindsey. During the summer, she is either crashing through the waves in her kayak, or rock climbing.

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