On the U.S. women’s speed team, outgoing Head Coach Chip White
has played the role of everything from sports physiologist, travel agent
and inventor to videographer, course-setter ad tree-climber. But the one
description that’s repeated time and time again by athletes and fellow
coaches is “hard-worker.”
Earlier this month, after the World Cup Finals, White stepped down from
a position he’s held since just after the ;ancouver Winter Olympic Games
four years ago. His tenure with the national team, however, extends to
several other jobs during the past 1; years.
Mostly, he’s been focused on women’s
During White’s time, the speed team has
produced 122 World Cup podiums, 1; World
Cup titles, 10 World Championship medals
and six Olympic medals.
“I think it’s time for a change for the team
and for me also,” says a jet-lagged White on
a phone call from his home near Mammoth
;akes, Calif. “After an Olympic year is really
a good transition time because it allows the
new coach a true block of time to build con-
fidence and trust with the team going into
another Olympic cycle. ; To me, it makes
perfect sense to do this at this time. ;I don’t
feel; that I’m bailing on the girls at all. I’ve given everything that I have,
and I feel very fortunate and privileged to have been part of this team.”
White, who had previously coached at Mammoth, first began working
with the national team as a guest coach for the men in the mid 1;;0s.
“He was a guy who was passionate about coaching,” says former ;.S.
Legendary tree-climbing, hard-working and passionate women’s speed
coach Chip White leaves the U.S. Ski Team BY GEOFF MINTZ
CAROLYN WAWRA/U. S. SKI TEAM/JONATHAN
U.S. Ski Team members Jacqueline Wiles, Leanne Smith and Julia Ford inspect the World
Cup race course at Beaver Creek Mountain with coach Chip White.
The head speed coach for
women’s alpine, Chip White,
announced his departure
after 18 years with the team.