Read resigns from Alpine Canada post

{eot} Staff
7/16/2008 8:00:29 PM
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A son's gain may well be a Father's loss.

Ken Read is stepping down from his post as president of Alpine Canada.  The reasoning for the resignation is thanks to the success of Read's son Erik who is part of the Alpine Canada program.

Alpine Canada's rules state employees cannot have children racing for the team and the board of directors was not prepared to relax the rule for Read.

"I'm quite comfortable with my decision," Read told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

A former member of the "Crazy Canucks," Read helped turn around the fortunes for Alpine Canada as the team prepares to be a dominant force on the slopes at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.  Read took over the post as head after Canadian skiers were shut out on the podium following the 2002 games in Salt Lake City.

During Read's tenure the team climbed from 12th in the overall World Cup rankings to sixth and broke the Canadian mark for World Cup podium finishes for the 2006-07 season.  The team's budget more than doubled during Read's time in office from $3.4 million to the budget of $8 million last season.

Erik Read is coming off a successful junior campaign, capturing a silver medal in the downhill in the 15/16-year old division.

"After more than six years leading this organization I knew the day would come where I had to choose between working at Alpine Canada Alpin and my family," Read said in a release.

"Alpine Canada Alpin has been transformed under Ken's leadership with best-ever athletic performances and innovative new projects and programs," stated Chair of the ACA Board of Directors Reid Drury.  "There has been full integration of our Para-Alpine program, world-class events, a commitment to race quality and safety. He has provided clear vision and leadership to this National Sport Organization and has energized athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, supporters and sponsors."

Ken Read (Photo: DAVE BUSTON/Getty Images)


(Photo: DAVE BUSTON/Getty Images)
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