By Nicole Birkhold
In the world of freeskiing, the name Olenick is arguably as storied as they come. Peter, Michael, and Meg Olenick — three siblings born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley — have all competed at the highest level when it comes to freeskiing. But the most decorated of the three, the one who paved the way, is the oldest, Peter.
With multiple X Games medals, movie credits, and magazine shots to his name, Peter helped define professional freeskiing. And now, he’s making his mark on the world of freeski coaching. In 2013, freshly retired from his own competition career, Peter signed on to coach at the club that shaped him, the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club. He mentored local kids such as Tristan Feinberg – whom he still works with when he is not busy with his team — as they worked their way through the ranks. But as of 2015, Peter and his coaching skills have a new set of ranks to work through as the coach of the South Korean Ski Association and more specifically, the coach of the four South Korean athletes that make up the national freeskiing team.