Team Breckenridge Sports Club, Inc.

Team Breckenridge Sports Club, Breckenridge, CO, serves Summit County and the Colorado Front Range. TBK offers programs for athletes of all ages and abilities. An athletic lifestyle includes characteristics such as respect, responsibility, resiliency, honor, trust, initiative and dedication.

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Paul Kropatsch, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2015

Paul currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Team Breckenridge Sports Club (TBK).. Paul and his wife, Dr. Michelle Kropatsch, along with their three daughters, Kaitlyn, Mackenna and Keira, split their time between their homes in Highlands Ranch, CO and Breckenridge. All three girls participate at different levels: Kaitlyn is a full-time Apline Age-class skier who aspires to the Elite-levels, Mackenna has been part of the devo team in the past and Keira is a young alpine devo member as well. In his professional life, Paul is CEO of Ethos Financial Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial.

Chelsea Roth, Alpine Program Director
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Chelsea was born and raised in Breckenridge, CO and holds the distinct honor of being the first set of boy - girl twins born in Vail. Chelsea graduated from Summit High School in 2002. She is an accomplished RMD athlete, participating in the NorAm level and D1 at the University of Vermont, where she received a degree in Exercise Science.

Chelsea has been coaching Alpine since 2007, her first job was working with spring and summer camps at A-Basin. After graduating college as a D1 skier for the University of Vermont, she accepted the position of Head Coach for Sunlight Mountain. One year later she was offered the opportunity as the Assistant Coach / Strength and Conditioning Coach for the US Adaptive World Cup Team Strength. Among her proudest moments during this time was proudly watching three of their Adaptive National Team Athletes on the top of the podium at the 2010 World Championships in Sestreire, Italy. In 2011 a restructuring that organization opened up new opportunities, and Chelsea headed South … way South to Chile where she lead the Chilean Women's National Team as their Head Coach. When Team Breck offered Chelsea the position of Alpine Director/ Head Coach, she came home and brought all of her experience with her.

Before she went to college, Chelsea's dad asked her "what do you want to be when you grow up?" Her response, "I want to help other athletes make their dreams come true, whether in high level athletics or life goals, as I have done for myself." Everyday Chelsea watches her dream become a reality in the ski racing community and when former athletes strive in their communities, occupations, goals, and dreams.

While TBK is proud to have one of their own come back home and lead their Alpine Division reach new heights, Chelsea feels blessed to have the best job in the world…coaching. Working with athletes who over-come obstacles, and take daily steps that over time makes them incredible students, athletes, and employers inspires her.

In her off-time, Chelsea enjoys riding her bike, waterskiing, free-skiing powder days, traveling the world, and spending time with her family both here in Colorado and Upstate NY. And when she has time left over she likes to help her dad at his trucking business, Lynch Trucking.

Chris Hawks, Director and Head Coach - Freeride Team
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Chris is a three time X Games participant and the1999 X Games Gold Medal Triple Big Air Winner. After 20 plus years of competing, he turned his attention towards coaching and founded Hawks FreeRide, a pioneer of the FreeRide movement. From 2001 to present Chris and his team have helped develop athlete's skills from the ages of 7 to 25, at the same time continuing to break new ground in the advancement of coaching talented FreeRide athletes. In 2012 Chris partnered Hawks FreeRide with Team Breckenridge Sports Club. Chris believes it's important to nurture young athletes with the desire and enthusiasm for the sport.

He is proud to run a well-respected program for TBK which not only nurtures strong, young athletes' talents, but helps to cultivate great people who not only give back to the sport, but the community. Many of Chris's athletes have gone on to participate in major competitions including the Dew Tour, USSA Nationals and the World Cup.

Since retiring from competition he has judged almost every high level FreeRide contest including the X Games and the Dew Tour. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Chris is on the board for Team Breckenridge Sports Club.

A native of New Jersey, Chris moved to Breckenridge in 1993. When he's not on the mountain or coaching, Chris is a licensed Colorado plumber. His favorite escape is snowmobiling deep Colorado powder.

Teresa DeSilva, Alpine Development Manager/Coach
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Teresa grew up in California where a passion for the mountains always prevailed. After earning a degree in Education and Psychology at Denver University, Teresa's career in youth development ski coaching started at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Billy Kidd Race camps and Colorado Mountain College.

She moved to Breckenridge in 1993 to manage Quantum Sports Club's (now Team Breck) Alpine and Freestyle programs. It is Teresa's passion to share her love of the mountains, skiing and all winter sports with the athletes on the Devo (Development) Team. While the kids inspire her, she enjoys working with and being a part of the team of dedicated Devo coaches year after year. Teresa's experience has given her a specific talent when it comes to introducing young skiers and their parents to the development program and the competitive environment. Her favorite part of the day is when the team and the coach's share their smiles after a day of all mountain skiing or training. She takes pride in watching her athletes use what they have learned and exceeding their own expectations.

When Teresa is not coaching, she spends a great deal of time working along side her husband at their Copper Mountain-based restaurant, Salsa Mountain Cantina, and playing with her lovable tennis ball chasing pup, Eddie.

Olin Armstrong, Senior Staff
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Olin has been coaching for TBK since 1991. His love of the sport started at the age of six in his hometown of Seattle, WA. For the next fifteen years he competed his way up to the NorAm Level - skiing for teams in Seattle, Steamboat and at the University of Wyoming, where not only was he a dedicated competitor but also managed to focus his studies on Business Administration, Computer Science and Psychology.

Before moving to Team Breckenridge Sports Club, Olin coached FIS, USCSA, NCAA, for the University of Wyoming Team and USST Europa Cup Speed Team. Settling his family and his career in Breckenridge has opened up a number of opportunities for Olin - top of this list is getting to do the one thing he loves. He has been instrumental in building Team Breckenridge into the organization it is today, both as a head coach and a board member. When Olin transitioned his love of ski racing into coaching, he brought his strong work ethic that not only creates competitive athletes who strive to be better, who want to learn and who work hard to achieve their goals, but who also knows it is important to give back to others and community.

Olin believes the best part of his job is providing athletes with the tools and support that inspires them to become successful skiers and people. Olin tries to instill into each athlete he works with what years of competing and coaching has taught him: There are no short-cuts, make no excuses, and no one else can make you succeed - "It's inside of you - let it out!"

When asked what he'd be doing if he wasn't coaching, Olin simply replied - "coaching."

Charles Roth, Senior Staff
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Born in Sunapee, NH, under the shadows of Mount Sunapee Ski Resort, Chuck began his ski-racing career at the age of 8. Chuck competed for the Mt Sunapee ski team throughout high school, and also competed in nordic skiing and ski jumping. He skied for the University of New Hampshire ski team his freshman year, and then focused on his major, athletic training.

In 1997, Chuck moved to Breckenridge and began his coaching career with Team Breckenridge Sports Club, where he works with Alpine athletes, sharing his love for the sport of skiing. It's Chuck's belief that by exposing the kids he works with to a variety of different terrain and snow conditions, he helps them prepare for every situation they may face in competition. One of Chuck's proudest moments as a coach was the first time one of his athletes won on a course that he set.

Chuck lives in Breckenridge, CO. When he isn't coaching, or skiing, he enjoys biking, and trying to tire out his dog Otto.


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