NEDST at LOON COACH STAFF

COACH STAFF


Head Coach: Christopher Devlin-Young

While still in his teens, Chris suffered irreversible spinal trauma when his plane went down during a rescue mission for the Coast Guard. Although critically injured, he tried to pull his crew out, helplessly watching as nine friends died in the fiery crash. A California "surfer boy", Chris had never been on skis until a friend ripped him out of an accident-fueled depression and rage, forcing him out on the snow. Fifteen years later, Chris is considered one of the greatest disabled skiers ever—having won silver and bronze at the World Championships as well as Paralympic gold, and numerous National and International World Cup victories. He is considered "great" not only because of his victories, but because he has won as both a four tracker (which is how he began) as well as a monoskier (his curremt status on the snow). A ten year veteran of the US Ski Team, Chris has been the reigning US National Downhill Champion for the last two years—routinely clocking in at speeds in excess of 70 mph. He holds the distinction of being the first disabled athlete to qualify for and compete in both the Snowboard and Alpine National Extreme Championships, finishing 25th in a field of 200 at both able-bodied events. He was the first athlete EVER (disabled or not) to qualify for and compete in both in a single season. The snowboard that he designed for competition and for teaching a new accelerated learning technique to adaptive skiers, hangs in the New England Ski Museum. Chris is the only disabled athlete ever named to Elan’s Special Forces Team (of elite ski professionals) and has conducted countless clinics all across the US to help aid adaptive skiers in becoming independent. For the past two years, Chris has been the first disabled athlete to ever compete in the World Alpine Ski Championships ("The Battle of the PSIA Ski Schools")—besting twenty seven able-bodied teams from around the world over three days of competition— to take home the trophy in the Combined category. While there, he also won the "Paul Mitchell Wow Award"—given in recognition of the skier who, out of the field of three hundred, demonstrates the most courage, finesse and precision turning. Donna Devlin-Young, Assistant Part Time Coach/Press Liaison Note: Donna will be coaching the Loon able-bodied junior elite team and will work on an "as needed basis with NEDST at LOON. Having grown up in Waterville Valley, NH, Devlin was an elite ski racer with the BBTS, under Georg Capaul (now Head Coach of the US Women’s World Cup Ski Team). As a racer she competed in the highest ranks of junior competition. She pursued a career in media, but her love of skiing and her knowledge of racing re-surfaced in 1997, when she ran and was a coach for The Perfect Turn Adaptive Ski Camps with USDST star Chris Waddell, coordinating seven camps across the U.S. In 1998 she was a coach with the Loon Mountain able-bodied race program, under Head Coach Gus Dimaggio, as well as conducting trainings for the St. Anselm’s College Ski Team. In addition to her coaching abilities, Devlin brings over ten years of marketing, advertising and production experience to this endeavor. Her New York City-based production company produced and/or directed over 200 broadcast commercial spots for clients such as Pontiac, Volvo, Pitney Bowes and Time Warner. From there she went on to supervise news-based talk television, documentaries and innovative sports programming. Her work in advertising has won a Silver Lion at Cannes, the Canadian Art Director’s Award and a Telly. Her production company was named "Hottest Little Shop" two years in a row by Ad Age Magazine. Her films have taken top honors at The Houston International Film Festival, among others. She currently runs Dog eat Dog Productions which, from 1996-1998, was responsible for over eighty national press stories on physically disabled athletes (Today Show, CNN, MSNBC,ESPN, Fox Sports, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, to name a few).

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