Olympian Thomas Vonn Joins West Mountain Racing Academy Staff as Alpine FIS & Program Technical Director

January 13, 2022 January 13, 2022 January 13, 2022

Queensbury, NY- For immediate release: January 13, 2022

Starting this week, West Mountain will be adding a reknown athlete to its full-time staff-2002 Olympian and U.S. Alpine National Champion Thomas Vonn, bringing with him his passion for coaching and athlete development. Vonn, who was a member of the U.S. Ski Team from 1997-2005, served as the primary coach for World Cup and Olympic champion, Lindsey Vonn, for over 10 years, including the Vancouver Olympic games where she took gold and bronze. Additionally, Vonn consulted with the U.S. Ski Team and coached aspiring World Cup and Olympic athletes from the U.S. and other nations. His specialty has been highly focused on elite-level programming and coaching for skiers rising to top world rankings.

“This is a huge opportunity and pivotal moment for West Mountain,” said Co-Owner/Operator Spencer Montgomery.   “We share a common vision for building something long-term and propelling our athletes to compete at a national and international level.”

Montgomery says Steve Lathrop, the current Head Coach for the West Mountain Racing Academy and Club Team Programs has done an excellent job advancing U10-U14 alpine ski racers. Vonn will take on the role of coaching students ready to take on the next level of U16 and beyond.

“We have a really good feeder structure with Steve Lathrop, and to now have Thomas Vonn, we will instantly become a top-tier academy,” said Montgomery. “If a racer wants to compete at a high level, you have to have a highly technical coach in place. We’ve been building our academy base for nine years and Thomas Vonn will elevate it in a tremendous way.”

“When I was training years ago, my fellow athletes and I would seek out mountains in Europe that are very similar to West,” said Vonn. “With its 1,000 foot vertical drop, it has the perfect slope and perfect pitch for a race team. West has built a great program already and I’m ready to expand up upon it even further.”

The West Mountain Racing Academy currently has 100 athletes ages 9-17. To start, Vonn will lead a group of 10-15 FIS Alpine racers, with a goal to train future Olympians right at West Mountain.

“Without question that will happen at some point,” said Vonn. “We will have a very strong team here very quickly.”

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