Steamboat’s Jack Reich earns Athlete of the Year |

Steamboat’s Jack Reich earns Athlete of the Year

Steamboat Springs skier Jack Reich races in the 2018 Future Ski Champions event in Åre, Sweden.
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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Sixteen-year-old Jack Reich, a Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athlete, was named the Spencer Nelson All-Star Athlete of the Year during the Colorado Ski Country USA’s 55th annual Double Diamond Award Ceremony.

“Jack is both a dedicated skier and teammate,” said Adam Chadbourne, Alpine director of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. “Not only does he push himself to excel within his sport, but he strives for success in school and within his community, dedicating his time to both classwork and as a volunteer.

“Jack is an exceptional role model for the other athletes, working to bring up his fellow teammates through his enthusiasm, encouragement and camaraderie,” Chadbourne added.

Reich is the fifth-straight skier from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club to earn the prestigious honor. He follows in the footsteps of Nordic combined skiers Ben Berend, who won in 2014, and Logan Sankey, who won in 2015. Cole Puckett, who was honored in 2016, was the first of three Alpine skiers to earn the honor. He was followed by Jett Seymour in 2017 and now Reich.

Reich is currently ranked No. 1 in the country for his age group and placed fourth in the 2018 Longines Future Ski Champions race in Are, Sweden, against a top international field.

The Winter Sports Club has served tens of thousands of young athletes over its history, making it one of the most successful winter sports clubs in North America, producing 95 Olympic athletes who have made 165 Olympic appearances.

To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.

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