Ski performance has always been a passion for Geret. He has developed this passion as a competitor, coach, ski technician and innovator in the field of ski research.
As a competitor in Nordic skiing at the International Level, Geret learned that ski performance had the potential to make or break final race results. Upon retirement from competition, he completed his University studies in Kinesiology and followed his passion to support athletes as a coach and ski technician. His first Olympic Games experience was during the 1994 Games in Lillehammer Norway as the lead technician for the Canadian Biathlon team. His career has included being the Head Coach of the Canadian Team at numerous Junior and World Championships including leading the Canadian Biathlon Team at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics.
Training and mentoring his technical staff in ski preparation has always been a significant part of his responsibilities. He developed a systematic approach to ski preparation which has become the basis for the Biathlon ski preparation module of the National Coaching Certification Program in Canada. After Vancouver he jumped at the opportunity to join Own The Podium as the Research and Innovation Leader for the Nordic Consortium in preparation for the Sochi Olympics. Research projects lead by Geret included ski evaluation process and documentation, ski base development, stone grinding research, post grinding ski treatment, database development and other technical advances which were eventually incorporated into the equipment performance programs of the Olympic Teams. Constantly validating innovations in ski selection and preparation has meant a close and productive association with the teams competing at the highest levels of competition around the world. This collaboration continues for the next Winter Olympic cycle.
Canmore has been home for Geret and his family since 1995. His two daughters are avid skiers enjoying alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country and backcountry ski experiences. Geret’s wife Carol Gibson has a long history competing at the highest levels of Cross Country Skiing including representing Canada at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.
Canmore is a community which supports the ski culture with world class facilities, hosting high level competitions and supporting youth in outdoor winter activity. The perfect place for a ski service business!