Getting to know Edwards resident Aldo Radamus
EDWARDS, Colorado Aldo Radamus knows about ski racing as a former professional skier and coach for the U.S. Ski Team and development teams, hes logged more than 30 years on the racing scene.However, the executive director of Ski & Snowboard Club Vail also knows that racing for him is not about the wins or the losses its about the experience.Its never about the disappointments and achievements. Its always about the life experiences you gain from ski racing, said Radamus, who has watched ski clubs young racers learn the sport and make the podiums for years. The best thing is just working with young people, working to mold their lives and have an influence on how they develop as people and skiers.Radamus first came to Vail ski racing and coaching in 1980. After retiring from racing, he coached in Vail and Steamboat Springs and as the U.S. Ski Teams womens and men slalom coach. Later he took over the U.S. development program before returning to Vail for good.Today the Ski & Snowboard Club has about 450 young racers on the clubs cross country, snowboard, downhill, freestyle and freeride teams. The club has produced racers who have gone on to professional skiing careers, including World Cup winner Lindsey Vonn.VD: What are most proud of regarding the club and what its accomplished?AR: The club is very proud of its long history of producing skiers and snowboarders into the Olympic team and the X Games. Theres been 60-some skiers and snowboarders who have gone on to the U.S. teams, and hundreds have received scholarships for racing at colleges across the country. Were proud of the opportunities young people have to compete, and learn about life through competition.VD: How have you seen the club change over your years at the helm?AR: The biggest change is the addition of new sports into the club. The alpine portion of the program continues to grow, theres our snowboard program, and the addition of the cross country program. We went from an all-racing club with a fledgling freestyle program to a program that encompasses all the snowsports that are in the Olympic pipeline.VD: What has been your most memorable race, either as a racer or a coach?AR: I was coaching the U.S. Womens World Cup team. I remember the (1985 World Championships) in Bormio, (Italy) with Diann Roffe winning the race, and racers taking bronze and fourth place. Watching the flag go up and listening to the anthem was unforgettable.Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or email@example.com.