The American Serviceman
HOW CHRIS KRAUSE BECAME ONE OF THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL TECHNICIANS ON THE WORLD CUP
TODAY BY DAVE PESZEK
Chris Krause isn’t the first American to become a topnotch World Cup serviceman for other nation’s athletes, but he is certainly one of the best ever.
At the top levels, athletes have extensive support: coaching staff, physical trainers, mental trainers, nutritionist/chefs, and equipment service all contribute to
the athlete’s overall performance. Krause was the man behind the scenes for 16
of Didier Cuche’s 21 World Cup wins. Currently, he lives with his wife and two
children in Ruhpholding, Germany.
With the recent retirement of Cuche, Ski Racing caught up with the humble
What was your first motivation to get into ski service?
I was a student at GMVS, and we had a NorAm at Sugarbush. There was a Canadian pool serviceman with the nickname of Mingo, and I would sneak down in
to the ski room after lights-out to sit on a box and watch him prepare skis. This
was the start of it for me, and it turns out that Mingo would play a role later on in
my life, recommending me for a service position to Piot, who was the women’s
head trainer with Alpine Canada, back in the summer of 2000.
Tell us a little bit about your early ski service history?
After GMVS, I attended the University of Utah, where I did a quarter-term, 400-
hour internship, ending up at Mount Hood and working under Billy Farwig and
Jim Schaffner. During this time, I learned from Wiggy, Schaff, and Curtis Bacca,
all US Salomon race technicians at the time, while all of us were handling ski
service for Salomon in such diverse roles as junior program, Jeep King of the
Mountain Tour, and U.S. Pro Tour. I can remember Jim Schaffner telling me to
always be clean when preparing skis, and that, no matter what, always be confident, even if inside you’re not.
Didier Cuche & Chris Krause celebrate their 6th Crystal Globe in Lienzerheide, Austria t the 2011 World Cup Finals. SkiRacing.com APRIL 16, 2012 | 78