Betschart takes Heavenly step |

Betschart takes Heavenly step

Tribune and Heavenly Ski Resort reports

After nearly a decade with the U.S. Ski Team, Wisi Betschart traded his racing skis for a post on Heavenly Ski Foundation’s Alpine coaching staff.

Betschart, 25, a South Lake Tahoe native, will coach Junior 1-3 starting this September, and will focus mainly on downhill and super-G.

“It will be great to give something back to the Heavenly Ski Foundation and the community,” Betschart said in a press release. “I am excited to be on the other side of the racing fence, and can’t wait to start working with the kids.”

Betschart became a fixture with the U.S. Ski Team during the ’90s.

After a turbulent career that went up and down with awards and injury, Betschart won his first Nor-Am Cup race in Lake Louise, Canada in 2001.

He was fourth in the downhill in the 1999 European Cup in Falcade, Italy, and in 1998/1999 at the U.S. Chevy Truck Alpine National Championships finished seventh in the super-G and eighth in downhill.

Betschart was fourth at the 1995 World Junior Championships, but stalled his World Cup ambition for two seasons when he tore his right ACL in December of 1995.

As a youth, Betschart swept the 1991 super-G, giant slalom, slalom and combined titles at the J3 Junior Olympics. He raced J1 at age 14, and competed in two World Junior Championships.

Betschart began skiing at Heavenly Ski Resort when he was 18 months old.

The son of a Swiss national ski team racer, Alois, Wisi trained and raced with Heavenly starting at the age of 4. He joined the U.S. Ski Team at the age of 15.

Coaches at Heavenly Ski Foundation and members of the U.S. Ski Team were in New Zealand for Race Camp at the time of the announcement and could not be reached for comment.

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