IGOR BADAMSHIN COACHING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Recognizing Excellence in Coaching
The spirit of Igor Badamshin lives on in the hearts and minds of CXC coaches and athletes. Each year CXC recognizes one of its great coaches with the Igor Badamshin Coaching Excellence Award.
Igor Badamshin was a coach who inspired athletes with his passion and positive example. A World Championship medalist himself, Badamshin grew up racing in the Soviet Union and Russia. But his greatest joy came from coaching in America. From his home in New England to the trails of the Central Region, where he worked with the likes of Jessie Diggins and other great CXC athletes, Badamshin brought adventure, fun, skill, and motivation. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014, suffering a heart attack while enjoying a ski day.
This year’s recipient of the Igor Badamshin Coach of the Year Award goes to CAITLIN GREGG - a driving force behind the creation of TEAM BIRKIE, the newest professional cross country ski team in the Central region.