History/ Alumni

Our History

OL SkiRacing School was formed in 1998, but the association started much earlier than that. 2x Canadian Olympian Josee Lacasse and United States International class racer Tony Olin first met on a podium at the Canadian Nationals in 1983. 7 years later, together they were helping wrangle a growing number of rising US stars under the mentorship of famed coach Erich Sailer.
Tony grew up as a protégé under Sailer, eventually helping to mold some of America’s greatest skiers: Kristina Koznick, Tasha Nelson, Sarah Schlepper, Julia Mancuso, to name a few. Tony was the daytime private coach for a young Lindsey Kildow who was dropped off at the hill before school most days – her formative years blossomed into the legendary career of Lindsey Vonn. No stranger to developing successful athletes, it’s always been a goal for OL SkiRacing School that all attendees feel that their skiing is just as important as the best skier on the mountain – everyone is at their own stage of developing into their full potential.

Alumni – OL has had quite a list of attendees who’ve developed into some of America’s best skiers. OL fast skier Alumni include: Jake Zamansky, Nina O’Brien, Foreste Peterson, Erik Arvidsson, Lila Lapanja, Grant Jampolsky, Will Brandenburg, Travis Gnong, Sterling Grant, Ryan Wilson, Jake Lund, Tague Thorson, and many others, along with a stellar cast of International coaches from Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, Germany, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Canada and of course – the United States.