Dec 2, 2010 10:39 PM by Mark Holyoak
MISSOULA, MT - Gold medalist Eric Bergoust has a new job title-Freestyle Development Head Coach for the US Ski Team. The 4-time Olympian succeeds Dmitriy Kavunov, who left the US team to run the aerial program for the Russian Ski Federation.
"I am excited for this great opportunity to be part of a team working to strengthen Freestyle Skiing in the US and internationally," said Bergoust.
Bergoust says the US Ski and Snowboard Association made several administrative changes in Freestyle to improve declining results over the last eight years. He accepted an assistant coaching position in August at the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, but now he takes over head coaching duties. Bergoust will initially work with aerialists on the Nor-Am tour while recruiting during the off-season. After hiring a trampoline coach to serve as full-time assistant, he will work with mogul skiing development this spring. Those duties will keep him in Lake Placid, but he will return home for one week every month this summer.
"It is difficult to be away from Sally Jo and our daughter Lucia who will remain in Missoula but the team needs me and it feels great to be sharing all that I have learned, said Bergoust."
Bergoust appeared in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal performance at the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. He is one of the eleven people known to have performed a quadruple flip on snow.