Former Ski Team Racer Tiger Shaw Tabbed To Head USSA
Two-time Olympian and nine-time U.S. champion Gale H. “Tiger” Shaw, who retired from the U.S. Ski Team in 1991 to become a successful businessman, has been named to replace retiring USSA CEO and President Bill Marolt.
Shaw will begin his transition into the new role Oct. 1 as chief operating officer, taking over as CEO and President following Marolt’s departure after the Sochi Olympics in the spring of 2014. Marolt has led USSA for 18 years.
Shaw, a native of Stowe, Vt., honed his skills with the Mt. Mansfield Ski Club, Stratton Mt. School and at Dartmouth College where he was an NCAA All-American. He competed on the U.S. ski team on the World Cup circuit from 1983-91, scoring eight top-10 finishes. He was part of the U.S. Olympic team coached by Marolt. He also competed on the U.S. Pro Ski Tour for a year.
Most recently, Shaw was senior director for response services at Global Rescue LLC, responsible for business development, new markets, products, and services. Global Rescue is a medical transportation service. He was director of inventory strategy prior to that at Dealertrack in the automotive parts industry.
He has been an athlete alumni trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation where he spearheaded the development of successful educational programs for USSA athletes. The program enables national team members to attend and earn college credits at reduced or no cost while competing on USSA’s elite teams.
“This is an exciting time for the organization,” Shaw said. “I look forward to working closely with Bill and the rest of our talented leadership team who have established a solid foundation for the future.”
Shaw added there were two main goals: Becoming the “best in the world” by providing world-class training, education, and athletic opportunities to USSA’s athletes; and “keeping the Olympic flame burning brightly” by increasing the visibility of the sports and continuing to return value to USSA’s members, sponsors, and resort partners.
Shaw and his wife, Kristin, have three children and are planning a family move to Park City, Utah, USSA headquarters.
What It Means: Simply put, a wise choice. If ski teams had "captains," Shaw would have had the job during his whole career. He carried that leadership over during his brief pro racing career and, most certainly, into business. For those who covered the team in those days, it seems impossible he's 52 years old -- largely because of what age that makes us. Tiger's young enough to lead and continue growing the strength of the sport and old enough to make the right choices. Good move.
Top Photo: Tiger Shaw as a Ski Team technical racer; Right photo: Tiger Shaw named CEO/President of USSA (USST/SmugMug)