Our coaches are the heart of our club.
Head Coach, Olof Hedberg
Olof Hedberg (not to be mistaken for Olaf the Snowman from Frozen) has been Head Coach for SNSC for two seasons. Originally a cross country skier from Sweden he reached 157th on FIS international ranking list. Before joining SNSC, Olof was the assistant coach for University of New Mexico and a hedge fund analyst in New York City.
He "really has found a home" here in Summit and loves coaching and "giving back to the sport." On coaching for SNSC Olof says,"Nordic skiing changed my life, and I want the same experience for these athletes."
When Olof is not coaching, which is very seldom, he is the team captain for NYARA (New York Adventure Racing Association) an internationally ranked adventure racing team - but currently he's, "working almost 24/7 to make SNSC one of the best ski clubs in the country"
I first skied in the backyard of my parents house in northern New Hampshire when I was about 18 months old. We skied a lot around the local parks and ungroomed trails, but didn't know much about ski racing or race skis and I showed up for my first official ski practice in 7th grade with wooden skis with three-pin bindings and boots. I raced for 11 years from middle school through college. I coach because I love to ski and I believe in lifelong sports. This is my 12th season with SNSC and that is a little (totally) frightening. Aside from Nordic, I like other kinds of skiing, biking, running, hiking, writing, reading, baking, knitting, maps and movies. Fun facts: um...my favorite food is pizza. My dog's name is Saco. I have driven across the US 10 times. I have two younger sisters.
JK was born and raised in Colorado. He graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University with a degree in Education and began teaching atSummit County High School in Frisco, Colorado, where he served as assistant ski coach from 1977 until 1986 and the head ski coach until 1991.
From 1996 to 2002, JK served on the Frisco Town Council and in 2003 was elected to the Summit School District Board of Education. He remained on the board until 2011, serving terms as vice president and president. In 2012, he was recognized for his contributions to the community with a Frisco Finest award.
He was named assistant coach of the United States Paralympic Cross-country Skiing Team in 1995. He became head coach from 1998 until 2006, during which time the United States won 11 Paralympic medals in cross-country skiing. After leaving his position as head coach he continued to be involved with the United States Olympic Committee s a development coach.
In February 2014, during the Winter Paralympics held in Sochi, Russia, Kreamelmeyer was inducted into the Paralympic Hall of Fame.
SNSC was lucky to add JK to our coaching roster last season and we are excited to have him as a summer program coach this year.
Ksusha is originally from Russia where she started Nordic skiing at the age of three on wooden skis and homemade bindings. Living in Siberia at that time it was the funnest way to get to the post office and back. Now, a Summit County local for over 13 years, she loves to share her passion for cross country skiing with kids and adults. Ksusha has been coaching with SNSC since 2011 and prior to that she was the head coach for “Team Tough”, which she started in 2008, skiing with kids ages 4-7. Love for the sport and kids are the two main reasons that motivate her to get out on the skinny skis even on coldest of the days.
When not coaching, Ksusha is either spending time with her husband and 11 year old son or working at the hospital as an RN. She holds a MS Degrees in Public Relations and Linguistics and a BS in Nursing.
Should it be necessary, she can provide health related advice or ski technique points in Russian and in Spanish.
Stephen Oppito had his first season as an SNSC coach this part year. He spent quite a bit of time last year with the Prep Team as a volunteer, and this year he's was promoted to the Coach of the SNSC Prep Team. Stephen has a passion for introducing young kids to an active lifestyle. He has previously coached kid's basketball, soccer, and trail running. This is his first attempt as a Nordic Ski coach, but is excited to make it a great experience for each one of the athletes. Stephen is very excited to share his passion and excitement for Nordic Skiing with the young kids, and hopefully introducing them to something that will be a part of their lives for years to come. Stephen originally comes from Cincinnati Ohio; he has lived here in Summit County for 15 years now. During the Summer you will find him running all over Summit County; training for marathons, and competing in various running races. He runs on the Vertical Runner Elite Road Team and helped out with the Vertical Runner Kid's Team this summer. In the Winter, most of his free time is spent on the ski trails. As a husband and a father of three kids, you'll often find him out on family ski adventures which usually end with some sort of hot chocolate party. His greatest accomplishment as a Nordic Skier came last year as he competed in his first Birkebeiner. When he's not running, bicycling, or skiing, Stephen works for Pinnacle Mountain Homes building custom homes around the County. "My goal for this season is to help these young athletes have fun, and gain a passion for living a healthy lifestyle."