Wendy Wagner enters her second year coaching with the University of Utah ski team and her first year as the head cross country ski coach. She joined the Skiin' Utes after retiring from inter national ski racing just two season ago.
After competing in both the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 2006 Olympics in Turino, Italy, Wagner has decided to hang up the skis in order to take her career in a new direction.
"I really want to stay in the sport of skiing and give back to other athletes on their way up," said the Olympic skier. "Coaching is something I have had my eye on for a while. It is perfect here at Utah because I am able to coach as well as satisfy my longtime desire to study meteorology."
Wagner is beginning work on a graduate degree in meteorology with a focus on mountain weather and snow science. As a Park City, Utah native, she has been on the international racing scene for a while. Starting as a junior racer, Wagner moved up the ranks and became a two-time NCAA All-American, a five-time World Champion ship team member, and a six-year member on the US Ski Team.
All of this culminated with two Olympic berths (2002 and 2006). This will be her first year as a head coach and she is determined and excited to bring her knowledge and experience to Utah.
"I can't say enough about how great it is to be at Utah coaching and developing a team that is so talented and motivated," said Wagner. " It will be a great year and I feel very fortunate to be a part of it."