#62: Glenn Thomsen (Olympic + World Cup Coach) - Athlete Development from Thomas Grandi to Grandkids
Hello and welcome to episode #62 of the rose bros podcast !
This episode we are joined by Glenn Thomsen - athlete, coach and dad who has guided ski racers from the the grassroots level all the way up to the Olympic & World Cup stage.
In 2017, The Canadian Rockies Ski Racing Hall of Fame recognized Glenn as an Honored Alberta and Canadian Ski Team Alumni, for a lifetime of passion for ski racing and coaching excellence.
Glenn has invested forty years into coaching, at the elite level coaching next generation champions a three Olympic Winter Games, the Canadian National Ski Team on the World Cup Circuit, Provincial Ski Teams, grassroots club programs, and has seen his athletes reach the podium in both speed and tech – ladies and men.
Among many athletes, Glenn guided Karen Percy to two Olympic bronze medals (1988) and a World Championship silver (1989), as well as podium results from Laurie Graham, Liisa Savijarvi, Kerrin Lee-Gartner and Lucie Laroche, Edi Podivinsky and Cary Mullen, Thomas Grandi, Brad Spence, Trevor White, Paul Stutz – all of who would subsequently reach the World Cup top 10 or better.
Glenn has since retired from the sport of Alpine Ski racing and likes to spend his time with his family and wife Meghan, mountain biking, water skiing and playing hockey.
We sat down for a smooth cup of Rose Bros Coffee and talked about different approaches to high level coaching, what makes a great athlete, how to stay young , advice to junior athletes and a lot more.