CXC Annual Awards

The success of CXC programs is contingent on a wide range of individuals who dedicate themselves to helping others. Each year CXC honors those leaders for their contributions to the sport.

One of the highlights of this year’s CXC Congress held in Eau Claire (WI) will be the Saturday CXC Awards Dinner where leaders from across the region will be honored through a series of annual recognitions.

The dinner will be emceed this year by longtime U.S. Ski & Snowboard leader Tom Kelly, a CXC native. Kelly will also present a keynote address looking back on the amazing role Central Region has played in the sport for decades.



Recognizing lifetime commitment to sport

Tony Wise was a passionate entrepreneur who dedicated his life to making his community a better place through promotion of recreation and sport. Born in Hayward, Wis., Wise brought skiing to the Great Northwoods, pioneering the Telemark Ski Area in 1947. But his greatest acclaim came in cross country skiing. His vision resulted in the start of the American Birkebeiner, the Worldloppet and the origin of the present day FIS World Cup with his innovative Gitchi Gami Games in the late ‘70s.

Cross country skiing today is the result of Tony Wise’s lifetime efforts. Each year CXC recognizes one of the division’s sport leaders for his or her lifetime commitment to the sport.

2019 Tony Wise Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

– Jack Jeffery, Aurora, Minn.

Jack Jeffery

Jack Jeffery is synonymous with cross country skiing in Central Region. A Minnesota native, Jeffery has dedicated nearly a half century to the sport through his work as a coach on Minnesota’s Iron Range, uniting cross country skiers from across communities and extending his reach throughout the Central Region. A lifelong skier, Jeffery’s saw his sport boom with the development of nearby Giant’s Ridge in the 1980s and the exposure across the globe that came with the early World Cup races there. A devoted local high school coach, Jeffery became a fixture at CXC events across the region – always there to volunteer to help others. In recent years he has been honored with induction into the Mesabi East High School Hall of Fame and a lifetime achievement award from the Minnesota Nordic Ski Association. A humble man but one who loved to talk cross country, CXC is honoring Jeffery with the Tony Wise Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifelong giving back to the sport.


2016 Dennis Kruse, Cable, Wis.

2017 Ahvo Taipale, Finn Sisu, St. Paul, Minn.

2018 Kenneth & Pamela Schoville, Lakeland Nordic Ski Team, Minocqua, Wis.

2019 Jack Jeffery, Aurora, Minn.




Recognizing excellence in coaching

Igor Badamshin was a coach who inspired athletes by his passion and positive example. A World Championship medalist himself, Badamshin grew up racing in the Soviet Union and Russia. But his greatest joy came from coaching in America. From his home in New England to the trails of Central Region where he worked with the likes of Jessie Diggins and other great CXC athletes, Badamshin brought adventure, fun, skill and motivation. He passed away in 2014, suffering a heart attack while enjoying a ski day.

The spirit of Igor Badamshin lives on in the hearts and minds of CXC coaches and athletes. CXC recognizes one of its great coaches each year with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award.

2019 Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award

– Kevin Brochman, Minneapolis Ski Club, Northfield, Minn.

Two-time Olympian and Minnesota native Kevin Brochman is a coach that is making a real difference. His personal experience as an Olympic athlete, and his decades in coaching, have given him the tools to help young athletes, like rising star Mara McCollor of the Minneapolis Ski Club. As with many coaches, Brochman knows how to do testing, time trials and tough intervals. But his ability to apply his own experience and use those skills in a subtle way to build true confidence in young athletes is a difference maker. When Brochman started working with McCollor this year, she was already on a strong path. But she had lofty goals for the season. With his help, she achieved most of them including an opening win at the CXC Cup in Houghton, Mich., making the Junior Worlds Team and narrowly missing a medal in the relay, a strong showing in the junior category at the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships and finishing up with a silver at U.S. Junior Championships in Anchorage and All American Team status. CXC is honoring Brochman with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award for his service in coaching and passion at helping young athletes succeed.


2015 Piotr Bednarski, Loppet Nordic Racing, Minneapolis

2016 Sten Fjeldheim, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.

2017 Kris Hansen, Stillwater Nordic Ski Team, Stillwater, Minn.

2018 BethAnn Chamberlain, US Paralympic Team, Minneapolis

2019 Kevin Brochman, Minneapolis Ski Club, Northfield, Minn.




Recognizing community leader and dedication to the region

Community was core to John Hugus’ principles – his home community of Wausau, Wis. and the greater community of cross country skiing. As a high school coach in Wausau, he was a motivational influence to his athletes. But he believed in spreading community, founding the Knicker Nordic Ski Club, leading the Wisconsin Nordic League, providing wisdom on CXC committees and its board, serving as a Junior Nationals coach or just hanging out at 9 Mile Recreation Area helping kids enjoy cross country skiing. He shared his influence with other coaches through the Wisconsin High School Coaches League and CXC. His core beliefs and principles were valued by all of those around him. Hugus passed at the age of 57 in 2013 after a 17-year battle with cancer.

Each year CXC remembers the contributions John Hugus made to the cross country community by recognizing a cross country community leader for his or her dedication to the region.

2019 John Hugus Community Leadership Award

– Ted Theyerl, Chippewa Valley Nordic Ski, Altoona, Wis.

Ted Theyerl

Wisconsin native Ted Theyerl was a devoted cross country skier who wanted to help others enjoy the sport. A lifelong, Junior Nationals athlete and Birkie skier himself, he played a key role in the development of the Chippewa Valley Nordic Ski Team, providing opportunities for young skiers to gain experience racing and enjoy a healthy outdoor lifestyle. He extended his passion to take on a leadership role heading the Wisconsin Nordic Ski League in 2015 – always looking to expand his reach and broadening the greater cross country community. His work with WNSL came at a pivotal time, helping the group organize and have more impact on club programs across the state and region. CXC is honoring Theyerl with the John Hugus Community Leadership Award for his strong leadership within the cross country community, from clubs to junior national teams, helping connect coaches and create better opportunities for young athletes.


2015 Don Becker, Madison, Wis.

2016 John Munger, The Loppet Foundation, Minneapolis

2017 Ben Popp, American Birkebeiner, Hayward, Wis.

2018 Vasa Ski Club, Grand Traverse, Mich.

2019 Ted Theyerl, Chippewa Valley Nordic Ski Team, Altoona, Wis.




Recognizing volunteer whose work positively impact sport

Wayne Fish was a remarkable coach and volunteer who had a passion for sport, respect for the value of education and an ability to motivate young athletes. He served in the sport from 1972 to 2010 in Rhinelander, Wis., just before his passing in 2011. As active cross country ski competitor himself, he believed the sport was a valuable conduit to cultivating a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, sportsmanship and valuable life lessons. As a coach, he emphasized hard work, fair play, self reliance and achievement of goals. He was a student of the sport who selflessly gave back to others, sharing his knowledge of ski technique, training principles, trail maintenance and waxing – all with a focus on the next generation of skiers.

In memory of the value Wayne Fish brought in his decades of volunteerism, each year CXC recognizes a volunteer whose selfless dedication has a positive impact on the sport.

2019 Wayne Fish Volunteer Service Award

– Jim Tervo, Houghton, MI

Jim Tervo – second from right

In the true spirit of Wayne Fish, Jim Tervo is the consummate competition official who has been deeply engaged in the sport his entire volunteer career. A current FIS official, Tervo has been engaged in cross country skiing for decades. He has served as chief of competition for Junior National Championships and U.S. Cross Country Championships. He has also served key roles in a wide range of events from SuperTour to NCAA Championships to the Birkie and many more. Tervo is also a noted trail developer, famous for his classic skiing Chassel Trail in Upper Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. He is a fixture as a competition official or technical delegate at races across the Central Region and always a welcoming face trackside at CXC Cup and other races in Copper Country. CXC is honoring Tervo with the Wayne Fish Volunteer Service Award to recognize his tireless service to cross country skiing that has impacted skiers from across Central Region.


2015 Jerry Hansen, Hayward, Wis.

2016 Craig Jarvinen, Minneapolis, Min.

2017 Joe Kelsey, Cable, Wis.

2018 David Hugus, Wausau, Wis.

2019 Jim Tervo, Houghton, Mich.



How to Attend

CXC Congress is free to attend. Interested attendees are asked to register. Tickets to the Awards Dinner are $25. Click below to register online.

CXC Awards Dinner Online Registration


Hotel Booking

All meetings will be held at the DoubleTree Lismore Hotel in downtown Eau Claire. Use the group code: USS.

The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

333 Gibson Street / Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701 / Phone: +1-715-835-8888

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