USA Climbing Hires New CEO


From Press Release: “As a proven leader with over 25 years of experience in Olympic sport, a former elite speed skater and a longtime climber, Marc brings a unique skill-set, passion for climbing, and significant Olympic sport experience to the position,” said Patti Rube, President of USA Climbing’s Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome him.” Norman joins USA Climbing from the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation (UOLF), where he served as VP of Sport and Venues, responsible for working directly with the US Olympic Committee on sport performance and funding with multiple NGB’s on high performance planning. He served as Chair of the Organizing Committee for numerous World Cup and World Championship level events, and represented the UOLF to International Federations.

“USA Climbing is a star in competition event organizing and is seeing tremendous growth in its membership and visibility.” said Norman. “With the first Olympics for climbing only two short years away, the prospect of joining USA Climbing at this critical juncture in its history is very exciting. I’d like to thank the Board for the opportunity and look forward to working closely with the Board, the USA Climbing team, the USOC, sponsors, partners, volunteers, other members and stakeholders, and of course the athletes in making USA Climbing successful.”

Norman has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Utah and lives in the Salt Lake City, Utah area with his wife Catherine, a 4-time Olympic speed skater, their 1-year-old aspiring climber River Huck and two yellow labs.

Norman replaces outgoing CEO Kynan Waggoner after Waggoner’s successful 12-year tenure with USA Climbing, the last four years in the CEO position. “Under Kynan’s leadership, our organization achieved full recognition by the US Olympic Committee, saw unprecedented success in elite athlete performance, and grew our grass roots membership at a robust pace,” said Rube. “We are thankful that Kynan planned far in advance for this smooth transition and wish him all the best in his next steps.”

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