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    Open Letter to Doug DePolo, Nastar Manager, Park City, UT

    Doug,

    I write this letter with the sincerest of feelings and intentions.

    Having had an inside look, though brief, at your job, I understand, perhaps more than anybody the challenges and hurdles you faced and overcame this season running the Nastar Race Program at Park City Mountain Resort.

    I wish to commend you on many things.

    Firstly, I believe you ran one of the fairest and most accurate Nastar Race Season’s in the history of the program. You did this by applying your sense of fairness to each decision you faced and seeking and listening to the input of those who could help you then implementing and executing at a high level.

    I completely understand the challenges you faced learning while being baptized by fire in one of the most intense “Recreational Racing” programs anywhere.

    You had to deal with everything from the serious compulsive racer, such as myself and all of my students, the Master Racer and the destination skier who just wanted to have fun and did not understand why he or she could not just jump in the course and make one run.

    Your learning curve was radical in all areas. In your own skiing as a Pacesetter, handling all the facets of putting on the race from hiring the volunteers, creating a good and loyal crew, running the hardware/software to setting fair but challenging courses. Having started from scratch the job you did this season, facing what you did (including myself) was nothing short of fantastic.

    I know I speak for all of my students (which you know are ever growing in number. Yeah, more skin suits, helmets and longer skis every week!) and many of the other racers who frequented the course. Job, better than well, done! Qualifying is over and I don’t know of a single instance of someone who did not totally earn his or her spot in the Nationals, the way it should be.

    Lastly, you ran one of the most customer centric racing programs while facing almost daily challenges. I doubt many if any others, with your background or with existing race program experience, could have or would have provided such and excellent product for all of your clients. When I say all of your clients, once again, I mean from the guy who skied 42 Days with over 315 results to finally make number 1 in his division (Me) to the first time Racer. I believe the environment you provided has introduced hundreds of new racers this season to this fantastic sport. For this Herculean effort I personally thank you as you know my fanatical dedication to what I perceive as re-emerging Recreational Racing Programs, not just at PC but across the country.

    Thanks for a great season; I for one will miss you, believe it or not. Now, you can call yourself a racer!

    You’ve got my positive reference if you ever need it!

    Regards,


    (to all those who wish to bash me some more, yeah, I have come 360, so what! He earned this accomlade from me and that ain\'t easy. Big people can put their differences behind them and learn from the experience, I know I have. ;-)

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    Congrats to Doug for your efforts. I will be sure to look you up when we get to PCMR!! 8) :D

    Author: Nice note and good job in doing the right thing. Time certainly heals all wounds.... You are missed around here! I hope we can hook up in March, I'll be sending you an e-mail in the next few weeks.

    I am really glad to see you guys worked this out. :D

    Here's a picture of 2 of America's finest standing on the podium together last February in St. Moritz!! Can you identify these Skiing stars? 8) :?:


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    Will Be There!

    Originally posted by JTBear
    Congrats to Doug for your efforts.  I will be sure to look you up when we get to PCMR!! 8)  :D  

    Gary:  Nice note and good job in doing the right thing.  Time certainly heals all wounds....  You are missed around here!  I hope we can hook up in March, I'll be sending you an e-mail in the next few weeks.

    I am really glad to see you guys worked this out.   :D  

    Here's a picture of 2 of America's finest standing on the podium together last February in St. Moritz!!  Can you identify these Skiing stars? 8)  :?:


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    Thanks Bear! My neck surgery has been scheduled for 4/15 (tax day, my neurosurgeon will be really pissed! :P ) I'll be there and ready to take on all comers, I'm ready and relaxed. Now if my neck will just cooperate I may finally get a chance to do my thang at the big show.

    I've got about 20 people that want to hook up with me, we should all ski together and throw back some beers!

    Yeah, Doug's really a good guy, was just overwhelmed and didn't need my OCD ass in there mixing up trying to push things along, really not his fault. High Road, always the high road (that's my new PTSS mantra, so many before have gone by the wayside in a flash of red).

    Now, let me see - er, the tall guy is, ummmm, Jamie Close and the short guy is Billy Madsen???

    Almost

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    Who is this masked man!!!

    Rockin' and rollin'!!!!!!!!!!
    8) 8)

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    The BEST COACH BAR NONE!

    Originally posted by JTBear
    Who is this masked man!!!

    Rockin' and rollin'!!!!!!!!!!
    8)  8)  

    This guy is Gary Dranow, he is my coach. He also coaches at least 10 other racers. Though he was, umm, released officially at PC (that was very mysterious and he won't talk about it, tells me if he told me he'd have to, umm, will you know) he has volunteered his time to help virtually ANYONE who wanted to improve.

    I've watched him dominate our racecourse for 3 years. I never spoke with him but he was always pleasant and would go out of his way to know our names and have an interest in our times and Handicaps.

    This season I told him I wished to race on his level. He said - go get a speed suit. I did. He spent the next four days coaching me 4 hours a day. I went from a 11 - 12 Handicap to a solid 6 Handicap and number one in my class and division.

    His eye, his presentation of concepts, demonstrations and patience is unlike any other Coach I have ever worked with. His understanding of the "Modern Turn" as he calls it is unparallel. He talks fluently about the WC guys and after watching the OLN coverage, he is dead right.

    I asked him the other day, how I what I could do for him, he said, Get a Brain Case (Helmet). He meant, if I wished to continue working with him I had to ski with a helmet (I never have) as he values me as a student and does not want me to get hurt. He's right of course, I will show up next Friday with my new Briko Helmet.

    I know he has coached The winners of at least 4 divisions if not more

    Dr. Donald Cofer
    Dr. Rod Badger
    Elizabeth Marshall
    Brad Shelburne
    Harold DeBlanc
    John Bloomberg
    Al Begley
    Bryce Riddle (2003 Boys Expert 13 - 14 National Champion
    Jenny Badger (too late to Qualify)
    and many others

    Each and every one of these Racers has more admiration for this guy than I can tell you. I wanted to thank him for his contribution to my ski racing. I think it is a shame someone doesn't figure out he should be coaching for the program at the mountain, shame!

    By the way, this guy has a clinically broken neck and is having major surgery in April, what he has done is nothing short of amazing. He is number one over all at the area, all classes. As of the 22nd he was 37th overall all Men in the Nation, number 5 in his age group Nationally and this does not include the 1.66 he ran on the 23rd.

    It has been a pleasure getting to know him, my thanks to you Gary! For once I'm going into the Nationals with confidence and totally prepared, again, thanks to Gary!

    He had an unfair and rough beginning of the season and has handled it with total class (especially based on what I know) and continued to support our Nastar Program despite a very, very low blow. It would simply not be the same without him there.

    This guy is truly the Nastar Hero of the Year (I hear he may be writing a book on it, I hope he does!) I hope he stays healthy enough to ski his best at the Nationals - he WILL be a factor.

    From reading the Forum it appears he has taken down his articles and left it but it appears there are people her who appreciate his dedication to this program as well - for very good reason.

    If you meet him there, buy him a beer, take a run with him, just get to know him, you will be glad you did.

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    Great "Unofficial" Nastar Coach!

    I just want to reiterate that Gary Dranow is an outstanding Nastar coach at PCMR. I've been trying to learn the art of master ski racing for several years. In the last two years I've started to go to camps. I've received lots of great coaching and seen different styles.

    In addition, I have four kids who race or have raced, and I've observed their coaches and camps over the years.

    Gary is great. He has a good eye for picking up mistakes. He then clearly defines the process to correct that mistake and will ski with you to demonstrate the correction.

    Many days we'll loop on the PCMR Nastar course. Gary will observe his racers, and then we'll do drills on the Heckler run down below the race course.

    Gary is enthusiastic and supportive. He makes racing fun. Nastar benefits greatly by having willing coaches such as Gary. As racers see improvement, they only come back for more!

    Thanks Coach!

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    Re: Will Be There!

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    Originally posted by Almost
    Now, let me see - er, the tall guy is, ummmm, Jamie Close and the short guy is Billy Madsen???  
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