Yuriy GusevEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Executive Director Yuriy Gusev is a passionate cross country skier whose vision has brought great vibrancy to CXC programs since its formation in 2005. His leadership has established Central Cross Country Skiing as a very proactive regional governance organization offering programs in cross country, biathlon and adaptive skiing.
Yuriy skied his first Birkie in 2002, motivating him to move to Madison. In 2005 he started the Madison Winter Festival, including the Capitol Sprints races around the State Capitol Building. The festival has attracted thousands to winter sports since its inception.
Yuriy is a level 200 certified coach with a bachelor's degree in cross country ski coaching and physical education with a minor in sports medicine.
In addition to his role at CXC, Yuriy has served on the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Cross Country Sport Committee since 2007 and has been a member of the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation since 2012. He also serves on the Madison Nordic Ski Club and National Nordic Foundation boards. Under his leadership, CXC has been frequently recognized by U.S. Ski & Snowboard and U.S. Paralympics.