Gus Kaeding, an athlete on last year’s CXC Team Vertical LImit, has been named the Assistant Elite Coach of the team.
A 2008 graduate of NMU, Kaeding was a two time NCAA Championship qualifier with a best finish of 23rd. The Vermont native joined CXC for the next season and has a best SuperTour finish of 8th. He is also a founding athlete of the XC Ski Alliance, a Midwest based group created to support elite racing and the development of the sport.
His biggest moment in the spotlight may have come in the 2008 American Birkebeiner, when he battled Bjorn Daehlie for the victory in the 54km classic race. Kaeding edged the Norwegain great at the line to take the victory.
CXC Team Vertical Limit Head Coach Bryan Fish is excited about Kaeding’s transition from athlete to coach.
“I was very impressed and thank all those that applied for our CXC Elite Assistant Coaching position. We had a diverse group of qualified applicants with a wide variety of coaching experience. The question that we felt we needed to answer was, ‘What candidate will complement our current staff the best?’ We think Gus Kaeding will be the best overall fit, and compliment the present staff the best. Gus has a great personality and we feel his experience on the CXC Team Vertical Limit will be a strong asset.”
Kaeding is also looking forward to the new challenge.
“I am very excited to be joining the CXC coaching staff. I look forward to working with and contributing to a very talented coaching nucleus led by Bryan Fish. Already I feel that Bryan and I will complement each other very well. I hope to add a unique perspective as I was involved with the CXC Team Vertical Limit last year as an athlete. My very recent elite racing experience should allow me to mesh with our athletes at a very comfortable level. I look forward to doing everything within my power to put CXC Team Vertical Limit atop any and every podium!.”