Fisher moves from nordic combined team to head coach for USST jumpers

Fisher moves from nordic combined team to head coach for USST jumpers{mosimage}Corby Fisher, jumping coach with the U.S. Nordic Combined Team for two seasons, has been named head coach for the U.S. Ski Jumping Team, according to nordic director Luke Bodensteiner.

Fisher, a ski team jumper in the mid-’90s who turned to coaching after his career was cut short by injury, grew up in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and attended the University of Wyoming. He was program director for the National Sports Foundation, based in Park City, Utah, before being named jumping coach with the combined team after the 2002 Olympics.

“I’m extremely excited,” Fisher said. “We have a group of athletes I really believe in and we have good support from the nordic community.”

He replaces Kari Ylianttila, who resigned earlier this month after 10 years with the Ski Team. Fisher starts work immediately, Bodensteiner said. He also said he and head nordic combined coach Bard Elden expect to name a new jumping coach for the combined team in the near future.

“We had some good candidates, including two strong applicants from Scandinavia, but in the end this was an easy decision and should be an easy transition because Corby knows the players, knows the ski team,” said Bodensteiner. “He’s already hit the ground running in organizing the team and the program for next season. His energy and his insight will help us as we head into the 2005 World Championships [next February in Oberstdorf, Germany] and the 2006 Olympics in Torino.”

Fisher and his wife Emily, assistant program director for the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, live in Park City.

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