The Denver Post article below outlines the newest addition to the growing Crested Butte Academy/IMG sports and acadmic program. Since the partnership between the Academy and IMG was announced earlier this year, the profile of Crested Butte has risen to all new heights. Student athletes from all over North America are converging on Crested Butte to attend the Academy, train and compete with some of the finest coaching on the planet.
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Ex-U.S. coach Keene to head snowboarding, free-ride at the Butte
Crested Butte Academy added some Olympic name recognition to its up-and-coming winter sports program last week, appointing former U.S. snowboarding halfpipe head coach Bud Keene as its director of snowboarding and free-ride skiing.
Keene, who coached in the 2006 Olympics, is the most decorated coach in the history of the sport. He was named international snowboard coach of the year by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association in 2003 and 2006. He was also named the national coach of the year in 2006 by both the USSA and the U.S. Olympic Committee and was recently inducted into the MMSC Olympians Hall of Fame along with Billy Kidd of Steamboat Springs.
Crested Butte Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory school combined with world-class training camp/academy programs in alpine skiing, free-ride skiing, snowboarding and high-altitude running.
"Crested Butte Academy is poised to become the best freestyle training facility for snowboarding and free-ride skiing in the world," Keene said.