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Alpine Insurance Alberta World Cup Academy

Academy Coaching Team


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Nikki Gilman
Program Director

Nikki Gilman Info
Hometown: Manitowish Waters, Wisconsin, USA
Years with the Academy: 3rd year
Education: BS in Exercise Physiology and BA in Philosophy from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN.
Coaching Background:Bogus Basin Nordic Team (Boise, ID) Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (Sun Valley, ID) Kimberley Nordic Club (Kimberley, BC).
Favourite Place to Ski: Korkki Nordic (Duluth, MN)

Tormod Vatten
High Performance Coach

Tormod Vatten Info
Hometown: Surnadal, Norway
Years with the Academy: 4th year
Education: BS in Exercise Physiology and MSc in Sports Pedagogy, and PE from Norwegian School of Sports Science.
Coaching Background: 12 years of coaching, previously in Kjelsås IL, Oslo, and one year in Iceland.
Favourite Place to Ski: No place like home, but Sovereign Lake is a good replacement.

Jouni Pitkänen
Development Coach

Jouni Pitkänen Info
Hometown: Toivala, Finland
Years with the Academy: 3rd year
Education: BS in Sports Studies, December 2022
Coaching Background: Finnish U18 National Team, University Program Coach at Lapland Sport Academy
Favourite Place to Ski: Saariselkä, Finland
Favourite Recovery Meal:  Chocolate Milk
Interesting Fact about Me: Also studied Social Science at University

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