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Eileen Carey Promoted to U.S. Para-Nordic Director

Eileen Carey coaches U.S. Para-Nordic athlete – and now Paralympic gold medalist – Oksana Masters on the rollerski treadmill in Lake Placid, New York, back in 2014.

After the departure of U.S. Para-Nordic High Performance Director John Farra for Para-Triathlon, the organization has promoted Head Coach Eileen Carey to the director position.

Carey was our 2018 Coach of the Year, and oversaw a team that won a whopping 16 medals at the 2018 Paralympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

“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,” Carey said in a U.S. Paralympics press release. “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.”

Carey served as head coach for four years. Previously, she coordinated the adaptive sport programs for the New England Nordic Ski Association and coached at the Maine Winter Sports Center. Recently, she has been working closely with the para-nordic team’s top athletes in Bozeman, Montana.

“On one hand, I love getting into the details of what might make someone a fraction of a percent faster,” Carey told FasterSkier in April. “I love the process of breaking down a performance into parts and working with athletes to problem solve how to make a small element better.  So much of that is about failure, modification, and trying again.  The potential gains are so small, but so are the gaps from 4th to 1st and every once in a while something sticks and that is incredibly motivating for me.”

In her new position, according to the press release, Carey will be responsible for developing the squad’s high performance plans, supervising national team staff, working on athlete identification and development strategies, and overseeing national- level as well as and international-level competitions and events held in the U.S. A World Cup competition in the United States is on the IPC’s draft calendar for the 2020-2021 season.

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