Matt Grosjean, 42
Q. When were you in the club and what discipline?
A. Alpine — 1977 through my retirement, as far as I’m concerned, which was 1998. I did head east my sophomore year of high school in 1986 to attend Burke Mountain Academy, but that was more related to working school around my busy travel schedule. I made the U.S. Ski Team that year. I also competed in Nordic through 12-13, so 1982 to 83.
Q. Who were your friends in the club?
A. Almost my whole social life was based around the club as a kid. There are too many friends to name, but here’s a start: Scott and Christy Borden, Scott and Liz Cowman, Craig Thrasher, Rob Worell, Greg and Doug Rawlings, the DelliQuadris (Terri, Winnie, Tracy), David Baldinger, Kelly and Casey Clapsaddle, Scott and Tiffany Wither, Kate and Jeff Yeagher, Chris Gilbertson, Dan O’Meara, Troy Watts, Jonathan Baker, Tyler Williams, Olin Armstrong, Matt Graves... I’m missing some for sure; there were a lot of great friends in the program.
Q. What is your favorite club memory?
A. One of my favorite club memories was spending the night in the Peak Nine Lodge/Restaurant between races in Breckenridge. The entire age class team would spend the night on the floor like a giant slumber party...not a lot of sleep but a lot of fun. Every weekend of Steamboat Cup races was always fun, as well.
Q. What are you doing now?
A. Now. I work for Nomura Securities Intl. in San Francisco, Calif. My wife, Torrie, sons, Ryan and Austin, and I try to get to Steamboat as often as we can.
Q. What impact did the club have on you?
A. The SSWSC has had the largest influence on my life of any organization that I have been a part of. It was the spring board for my ski racing career, my Olympic dreams and almost every success in my adult life. The values I developed, the friendships I made, and the experiences I had through the Winter Sports Club largely formed who I am today. The SSWSC, to me, was priceless, and I can’t say enough about how lucky I was to grow up in a town like Steamboat with an organization for kids like this one.