Past weekend marked the annual CXC Chairman’s Award Reception and Dinner at Lakewood’s Resort in Cable, WI.
The Chairman’s award Reception Dinner occurred in conjunction with the 2016 CXC/USSA Wayne Fish Coaches Conference & Certification as we honored four individuals who have dedicated their time as volunteers, coaches and leaders to better the sport and culture of cross country skiing.
Each of these awards not only recognize the individuals for whom they are named after, but also the individuals who have carried on the same legacy and dedication to the sport as Igor, Wayne, John and Tony did.
IGOR BADAMSHIN COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
Four awards were presented during the reception. The Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year award presented by Piotr Bednarski (last year’s award recipient) was received by Northern Michigan University head coach Sten Fjeldheim. Stens’ lengthy list of accomplishments was summarized with this award which Sten accepted by telling a heartwarming and humorous speech that had attendees inspired about historic and future accounts concerning the cross-country ski community.
WAYNE FISH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Wayne Fish award was presented by the prodigies’ son and United States Ski Team Development Coach Bryan Fish. Fish handed the honor to Craig Jarvinen, a devoted volunteer of the Loppet Nordic Foundation and coach for Edina. Craig was renowned for his diligent work managing the challenges faced when warm weather threatened the courses at the Junior Nationals held at Telemark Trail System last season. Craig’s’ leadership and ability to delegate a workforce of over one-hundred volunteers saved the week of races.
JOHN HUGUS LEADERSHIP AWARD
John Hugus was remembered for his commitment to skier development as John Munger, executive director of Loppet Nordic Racing, was honored for his own leadership. This leadership was recognized as the fuel for athlete development throughout the United States by providing programming in the Twin Cities area. Munger’s integral role with the Loppet Foundation, CXC Youth Cup and CXC Youth Committee was recognized as Don Becker (last year’s award recipient) spoke of Mungers’ success in a program that has allowed athletes to live healthy lifestyles and experience success as competitive skiers.
TONY WISE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The recipient of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award was Dennis Kruse. Dennis was presented with the award by current President of CXC Oyvind Solvang. As a former CXC President himself, Dennis was celebrated for his long time support and involvement with CXC, the American Birkebeiner Foundation and announcer of IPC World Cup, World Championships and Junior National. Dennis was recognized with a character reminiscent of Tony Wise through and through.