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.