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 three 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.
Stephen Oppito began working with the Prep Team as a volunteer, and this year will be his second year as an official 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 and has a passion for teaching kids about the sports he loves. He is excited to make this year's Prep program 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 16 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 was competing in the 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."
Nordic Skiing has always been a passion for Steph Race. During her 21 year
career as a firefighter, she spent as much time as possible on skis, not only
maintaining her fitness but honing her skills in various disciplines of the sport.
Steph began skiing during elementary school with her family. In the early 70’s she
discovered cross country skiing. She went on to ski for Southern Oregon State.
Steph’s citizen racing began in the early 80’s. With the advent of skating, she had
the good fortune to learn from some of Boulder’s elite Nordic skiers.
As a volunteer, Steph began teaching at Frisco Nordic Center in 1995, instructing
the 1 st women’s skate clinics. These popular clinics continue today under her
leadership. Steph teaches clinics and camps throughout Colorado. These include
the Crested Butte Thanksgiving Camp, Steamboat Nordic Camp and the PSIA
Rendezvous in Summit County for several years. She became a member of PSIA
(Professional Ski Instructors of America) in 1996 and is now an Examiner and
member of the Education Staff for the Rocky Mt. Division. Her philosophy
consists of simplicity and FUN.
Presently, Steph works at the Frisco and Breckenridge Nordic Centers. This will be
her second season coaching with SNSC. Teaching and racing and coaching Nordic
skiing are her passion.
Mary has been a skier since kindergarten, just following her parents around in the back yard. She joined an after school program, and realized that skiing is much more than a walk with two pieces of wood strapped to her feet.
She feel in love with the sport and joined the Summit Nordic Ski Club in third grade. Her older brother, Billy Wilcox, skied as well. For the Wilcox's it is a family sport and a way of life.
She is currently a senior at Summit High School, and up until last year raced for the Comp program with SNSC. While choosing to take a step back from racings this year, she is still passionate about Nordic skiing, and extremely excited to be coaching this year. Mary will be one of the Prep coaches helping the next generation of skiers learn the sport she loves.
After graduation she plans on attending college in the mid west with hopes of one day becoming a dentist.