Former national champion becomes newest SSWSC Nordic coach
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has officially added former U.S. cross country skiing national champion David Norris as one of the club’s new Nordic coaches.
Norris, a former NCAA All-American, retired from full-time racing in the spring and will be working with the high school athletes at the SSWSC.
“I have fortunately been coached by some of the best coaches in the country, so I can take some of those ideas and hopefully bring them into the club,” Norris said. “Being able to train with the kids and push them to their limits and being able to relate to them and their goals and struggles on race day is totally fresh and current in my mind so hopefully, I can be an asset to them.”
Norris grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and went on to be a Junior National Champion. He also competed at Junior World Championships, the NCAA level, was U.S. National Champion at the senior level, raced on the World Cup for many years, and has some of the top results in cross country skiing over the last 20 years for American males at the international level.
SSWSC Athletic Director Dave Stewart called the hire of Norris “a no-brainer.” He sees the recency of Norris’ accomplishments and believes it will help tremendously for the confidence of SSWSC athletes.
“He’s one of the top cross country athletes in the country over the last 10 years,” Stewart said. “Somebody with that type of racing experience over that many years, the knowledge that they have to transfer to younger athletes is tremendous.”
Norris first found his love for cross country skiing back home in Alaska. He picked it up from his older siblings and that is where the inspiration came from.
“I just kind of copied what they were doing but then the passion totally became my own,” Norris said. “Whether I am training for a race or not, I am skiing and running every day just because I love it.”
The SSWSC had big shoes to fill with one of its former cross country coaches, Brenna Egan, leaving for graduate school. Stewart and the club are extremely confident in Norris and are eager to see the wisdom he provides and the impact it will have on the athletes.
Norris began the job on Sept. 6, and says it has been an incredible start. He loves the Nordic ski community, the beauty of the town with a mountainous backdrop and the reliability of the snow. He especially cannot wait for the height of ski season.
“It has been awesome so far,” Norris said. “The kids are opening up and getting to meet each one of them individually has been super fun. I’m looking forward to seeing how they progress through the ski season and how I can help them with that. I’m stoked to start racing and taking advantage of the ski trails.”
To reach Tom Skulski, call 970-871-4240, email tskulski@SteamboatPilot.com.
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