Three-time World Cup gold medallist Rob Boyd will be taking the road named after him to work next season, as he joins the Whistler Mountain Ski Club on Rob Boyd Way as the new K2 Head Coach.
"This is a great day for juvenile ski racing and a great day for our programs, said club president Tony Holler. "Rob is a true winner and inspiring leader and we feel honoured and privileged he has agreed to join our coaching team."
In his World Cup career, Boyd won three downhill races, including a dramatic win at home in Whistler in 1989. By the time he retired from the World Cup in 1997, after 12 years with the national team, he had six podiums and 28 top 15 finishes to his credit. He also qualified for six World Championships and three Olympics. Last season he joined the Canadian mens speed team for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games as an assistant coach.
Although he has volunteered his time to help the Whistler Mountain Ski Club (WMSC) in the past, he has never worked for the club in any official capacity.
"This opportunity with the club has started a new, exciting chapter in my life and opened another door," said Boyd of his appointment.
According to WMSC program director Nigel Cooper, Boyd is a good fit for the club.
"I think that not only have we hired Whistlers favourite son, but also one of its most humble citizens whose natural touch on skis is still a joy to watch even in slalom turns, an event he rarely skied as a World Cup athlete," Cooper said.
"Rob brings with him a rich history of success at all levels of this sport and a personality and work ethic that will be the envy of ski clubs across Canada. The only people more excited than the kids to see Rob working on the glacier at our summer camp were his new colleagues, the coaches."
Boyd will work with K2 skiers, ages 13 and 14, as they prepare for zone, regional and provincial competitions with the club. They will also get a chance to race against juvenile skiers from around the world in the annual Whistler Cup races.