Bill MaroltBill Marolt, recently retired president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association received the Snow Sports Recognition Award from SnowSports Industries America (SIA).
The award acknowledges dedication to the snow sports industry, willingness to support and partner with industry suppliers, leadership and creativity within the industry.
“Bill’s perseverance towards a vision has uplifted the entire industry through the success of great snow sports athletes,” said David Ingemie, SIA president. “He saw the U.S’s potential to become the best in the world and met that goal by focusing on athletics and cultivating valuable partnerships with suppliers and resorts.”
"Since he became CEO of USSA in 1996, Marolt’s vision was to make the United States “Best in the World” in Olympic skiing and snowboarding. During his tenure in the ‘80s and since 1996, the USA won 70 of its 95 Winter Olympic medals since Winter Games began in 1924.
At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the U.S. Ski Team was the best in the world. The team won 17 medals in Sochi, including a record eight gold.
Marolt, who retired after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, left infrastructure legacies like the USSA Center of Excellence in Park City and the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.
A member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Marolt remains active in the International Ski Federation and the U.S. Olympic Committee. He was elected to the USOC Board of Directors in 2012 as a representative of National Governing Bodies, where he continues to serve.
“The Best in the World success U.S. skiers and snowboarders have achieved is a testament to our entire industry coming together as a team to provide the support our athletes needed to reach their goals,” said Marolt. “I'm proud to receive the SIA Snow Sports Recognition Award, but even prouder to have worked hand-in-hand with innovative suppliers who have played vital roles in our mutual success.”

Photo: Bill Marolt receives SIA Award (SIA)