|USA Nordic Sport, the national sport leadership organization for ski jumping and nordic combined, has welcomed five new members to its board of directors. In addition, Tom Bickner (Park City, Utah) was named board chair, succeeding longtime leader Rex Bell (Cape Elizabeth, Maine).
Bell began his service as chairman with the formation of USA Nordic’s predecessor, USA Ski Jumping, in 2010. The organization changed to USA Nordic Sport in 2016 when nordic combined was added.
“We’ve come far as an organization and we’ve accomplished much since the spring of 2010,” said Bell. “Over the last decade we’ve developed a very impressive organization that provides a very comprehensive scope of services and programs from the club level to the national team.”
The fledgling organization was born out of an ad hoc meeting of a small group of jumping advocates ‘To create and implement a plan that will bring U.S. ski jumping back to life from the grassroots to the Olympic level.’
“There is much work yet to do to increase the level of our programs and our performance on the trails and hills,” added Bell. “But we’re committed to have USA Nordic Sport athletes finishing consistently in the top 10 in international competitions. With thoughtful planning and hard work we’re confident we can get there.”
Bickner, who has served on the board for eight years including two as secretary and the last two as vice president, has spent years supporting the sport in his home near the Norge Ski Club outside Chicago prior to moving to Park City.
“Rex and others were great pioneers for USA Nordic,” said Bickner. “Now, our board and our staff need to continue their work to enable a strong network of grassroots clubs and to support our national team athletes in achieving their goals.”
Five new members were added to the USA Nordic board including business leaders Curtis Dowd (Park City, Utah), Liz Holbrook (Naples, Fla.), David Noteware (Park City, Utah) and Tom Petro (Malvern, Penn.). Robin Outwater (Bennington, Vt.) rejoins the board after a two-year absence. Each of the new board members brings a lengthy career of business leadership and a passion for helping athletes.
USA Nordic is the national leadership organization for nordic combined and ski jumping in the United States, providing support and guidance to the nations' clubs and coaches while overseeing the national elite teams.
USA NORDIC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: Tom Bickner, Park City, Utah
Vice-Chair: Kevin Arquit, New York City
Treasurer: Tom Petro, Malvern, Penn.
Secretary: Matt Petri, Larkspur, Calif.
Rex Bell, Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Bill Demong, Park City, Utah
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, Utah
Jim Holland, Park City, Utah
Alissa Johnson, Park City, Utah
Adam Loomis, Park City, Utah
Dan Macuga, Park City, Utah
Walter McCormack, New York City
Quigue Nagle, New York City
Jon Schumann, Park City, Utah