Canadian Freestyle Ski Association
June 10, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Canadian Olympic mogul skier Chris Wong is bringing his skills, experience and coaching expertise to the Canadian National Freestyle Team as assistant coach of the men’s mogul squad.
The nine-year veteran of the National Mogul Team who placed 14th at the 2006 Torino Winter Games will work with Head Coach Rob Kober to get the successful Canadian team game ready for the 2014 competitive season and the Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
Wong and Kober have worked together before, in a coach-athlete capacity. In fact, Kober coached Wong on the club, provincial and national team levels and has high regard for the Prince George, B.C. native.
“I’m really excited to be working with Chris. As an athlete he was the hardest working and toughest kid I ever coached,” said Kober, explaining that Wong’s catastrophic knee injury in 2007 would have been a career-ender for most athletes, “He fought to come back from that, and competed on the World Cup circuit again until 2010. It was really something to watch.”
Kober added, “It will be tough to replace [outgoing assistant coach Adrian] Taggart and all the skills he brought, but Chris is a real expert on the technical side of mogul skiing which will be an asset to our guys. And, he is really funny — so he knows how to be demanding and get what he wants without being mean or putting anyone down.”
Most recently Wong has been working on his business degree from Capilano University while coaching for the Vancouver Ski Club and assistant coaching the Alberta Provincial Team with Head Coach Elisa Kurylowicz.
He said he’s looking forward to this next chapter in his coaching career. “I think I have a good eye for mogul skiing so hopefully I’ll be able to help refine the team’s skills. Rob’s coaching style brings a great mix of physical, mental and team dynamics. I think that my experience as an athlete, including my Olympic experience, will add another dimension to the team.”