Spencer Tamblyn and Taylor Fletcher Honored by USSA
By Grant Johnson
Spencer Tamblyn recieves his award from USSA Chairman Dexter Paine. - Courtesy USSA
Congratulations to local snowboard coach Spencer Tamblyn and Nordic Combined athlete Taylor Fletcher, who have been honored with awards from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association!
Spencer Tamblyn has been dedicated to U.S. Snowboarding over past decade, first as an athlete and now as coach of the U.S. Snowboarding Rookie Team. Tamblyn and his athletes had an amazing season. 13-year-old Chloe Kim was second in the X games and TTR World Champion, Ben Ferguson landed a spot on the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix podium and Taylor Gold won the U.S. Open and qualified for the Olympic Team.
Taylor Fletcher has consistently risen to the top of the World Cup scene with impressive results, often crossing the finish with the fastest cross country time. Fletcher earned his best career Olympic result in Sochi, finishing 20th on the large hill, in addition to regularly posting top ten cross country finishes on the World Cup circuit. He also claimed silver at the 2014 U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid. At 23, Fletcher is anticipated to be a challenger in PyeongChang and beyond.
Olympic and World Champion slalom winner Mikaela Shiffrin (Vail, CO) was honored by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association with the 2014 Beck International Award, the organization’s highest athlete honor. The USSA also recognized former USSA President and CEO Bill Marolt with the Julius Blegen Award, its highest honor, for vision and service that led the USSA to become Best in the World. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail was named Club of the Year and also walked away with top honors in four individual sports. The awards were presented May 16 in Park City during the annual USSA Congress at the Park City Marriott.