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CXC Coach Badamshin Passes Away on the Trails

CXC Head Coach Igor Badamshin passed away yesterday of an apparent heart attack while out skiing.

Born in the Soviet Union, Badamshin had a career-best Olympic finish of 14th in the 50 k in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1994. He later moved to the United States where he coached at Gunstock Nordic in New Hampshire before moving to CXC, where he held diverse positions as the organization evolved. He was the head of the elite team when Jennie Bender won her first national championship last season, but has also worked significantly with juniors and masters skiers in the midwest.

“Igor had a tremendous impact in New England while he was here, as you know,” NENSA Competitive Program Director Janice Sibilia wrote in an e-mail to FasterSkier this morning. “I had the opportunity to work with him on many occasions and will miss him a lot.”

Athletes, coaches, parents, and others from around the ski community have been sharing their sadness at Badamshin’s loss on facebook and twitter.

“Shocked and crushed…Igor Badamshin is no longer with us. Great coach, friend and a real russkiy with a big heart. Thank you Igor and #RIP“, tweeted Ivan Babikov, current Canadian World Cup skier and also originally from Russia.

Our thoughts go out to Badamshin’s family and friends, and to everyone in the ski world with this loss.

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