By: Carolyn Freeman
Senior on the women's Nordic ski team
Butch Reimer was far more than a coach. He was a friend that offered the best advice and knew just when to offer it. He always knew just what to say even if you thought no one noticed you needed a helping hand. As a coach Butch wanted to help the no name athletes from the US become big names in the ski world. He never recruited a foreign athlete like many other coaches do. He saw the talent in athletes before they could see it in themselves. He never stopped believing in us and even when we met goals we never dreamed possible he would push us to take on bigger ones.
Personally, I never thought I had a future in Nordic Skiing. I was overwhelmed with joy when Butch offered me a chance to ski for him on scholarship. I found that this was only the beginning of a lifelong passion that I intend to continue after college thanks to Butch. I also attribute the wonderful teammates that have become my family over the years to Butch. He also emphasized the importance of being a student-athlete. School always comes first and then skiing. He believed if you can succeed in school that determination will transfer over into skiing.
Not only was Butch a terrific coach, he was great family man. He took all of us in and made us apart of his family when we were away from home. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone he met. At races, Butch was kind to everyone. He congratulated all the athletes, not just the ones who did really well. Most of all Butch had a light-hearted sense of humor about him that was contagious. I remember him teasing me about getting third in a race by one hundredth of a second. Which was his way of telling me, "you'll get them next time."
It's hard to describe Butch in a couple of words. When I hear his name or am asked about him so many wonderful memories come to mind. For many of us, he was a believer. He believed his team could do anything they put their mind to and supported us all the way.
I am truly blessed to have known this incredible man and have learned from his kindness. Butch will forever be in all of our thoughts. I know he will be at the top of every hill cheering us on as we race for him, our believer.