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U.S. Paralympics Promotes Eileen Carey to Director of Nordic Skiing

By Olivia Truby | May 18, 2018, 6 a.m. (ET)

Eileen Carey, seen celebrating with Oksana Masters, will serve as director of U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing effective immediately.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, today announced the promotion of Eileen Carey from head coach to director of U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing. Carey will report to Julie Dussliere, vice president of U.S. Paralympics.

“Following the standout performance for the Nordic skiing team in PyeongChang, Eileen has proven her ability to coach, lead and direct this program,” said Dussliere. “With a combined background competing and coaching, we’re ecstatic to have Eileen take on this new role as director to help the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing program continue to grow and win medals.”

Carey has spent the past four years coaching for U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing. The Nordic skiing team took home an unprecedented 16 medals, including six gold, seven silver and three bronze, at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, improving from the three medals won in Sochi. Of the 16 medals, nine were secured in cross-country races and seven were in biathlon events. Under Eileen’s direction, Dan Cnossen and Kendall Gretsch made history in the biathlon sprint by becoming the first Americans to win biathlon gold in Paralympic or Olympic Winter Games history.

Carey is replacing John Farra, who served as director of U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing for seven years before recently accepting a position at USA Triathlon.

As director, Carey will develop and implement high performance plans for U.S. Paralympics Nordic skiing, supervise coaches and national team staff, advance the U.S. Paralympics athlete identification and development strategy, and identify and oversee operations for national and international Nordic skiing events held in the United States.

“I’m thrilled to be taking on this new level of responsibility to help further develop and strengthen the U.S. Paralympics Nordic Skiing program,” said Carey. “I’m grateful to have worked with John Farra over the past four years to bring the program to the level it is at today, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the program as we begin preparing for the upcoming season and Beijing 2022.”

Prior to serving as head coach for U.S. Paralympics Nordic skiing, Carey served as a development coach for the program. Before joining Team USA, she was the adaptive programs director for New England Nordic Ski Association from 2010-12, and served as vice president and coach for the Maine Winter Sports Center from 2006-10. Carey currently serves as an International Paralympic Committee technical delegate and an International Ski Federation cross-country technical delegate.

Carey received a bachelor’s degree in geography from Dartmouth College where she skied for four years and served as captain. She will begin her new duties with U.S. Paralympics immediately.