U.S. Ski Team Names Ossian Head Aerial Coach

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at utahskiandsnowboard.com:

Former freestyle athlete and coach Todd Ossian has been named by the U. S. Ski Team as head aerials coach. Ossian led the successful Australian Team for seven years and also served with the U.S. Ski Team for three years as development coach.

“Todd brings a high level of technical expertise and experience to our program. It will be exciting to see what we can accomplish with his fresh enthusiasm, said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) Freestyle Director Todd Schirman. “He has had some amazing success as a coach, which has created great direction for his planning. We are looking forward to see our present and future athletes benefit from his leadership.”

Ossian has been passionate about aerials for a long time. As a child, he grew up on a lake in Minnesota next-door to freestyle’s notable Beddor family. The Beddors, who had several children on the U.S. Ski Team, had their own backyard training facility with water ramps into the lake and trampolines. Once Ossian saw the ramps and tramps, he was hooked.

“The first second I saw that I thought it was the coolest thing I’d ever seen,” said Ossian. “That’s kind of how it’s been for me my whole life.”

Ossian stuck with freestyle and made the U. S. Aerial Ski Team in 1993. He competed on the Team for three years, before a broken hip forced him to take a break from skiing and go to college. Ossian attended Colorado State University, graduating with a BA in Speech Communication. Following graduation, Ossian returned to the U.S. Ski Team not as an athlete but as a development aerial coach.

In 2001, Ossian was offered the Australian head aerial coach position and left the U.S. Ski Team. During his seven year reign, he coached two World Championships medalists and two Olympic medalists, both winning gold and bronze, and three FIS World Cup Aerial Champions. He replaces Matt Christensen, who retired after 12 years.

A main focus for U.S. aerials and Ossian going forward is to ensure the future of the sport by building a strong development program and pipeline for the U.S. Ski Team.

“We want to build a new program and we have a chance now for a new start,” said Ossian. “We know that we have to start recruiting kids. We are trying to really start pushing the development.”

Ossian is positive heading into the 2010-11 season and the 2011 World Championships at Deer Valley. However, the focus is on the future and it’s looking bright.

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