Crested Butte, CO—30 July 2007—Crested Butte Academy, the highly regardedwinter/alpine sports training and education program, is pleased to announce theappointment of Bud Keene as its Director of Snowboarding and Free Ride Skiing.

Mr. Keene brings a wealth of experience to Crested Butte Academy, having heldpositions such as Head Halfpipe Coach for the 2006 U.S Olympic Snowboard Team andHead Halfpipe Coach for the U.S. Snowboard Team. Impressively, Mr. Keene was Shaun”The Flying Tomato White’s coach when Shaun won the gold medal for the men’shalfpipe in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino.

Mr. Keene has received numerous accolades, including the 2003 and 2006 USSAInternational Snowboard Coach of the Year; the 2006 USSA Coach of the Year; the 2006USOC National Coach of the Year; and an induction into the MMSC Olympians Hall ofFame along with Billy Kidd. In short, Mr. Keene is the most decorated coach in thehistory of the sport and today is considered one of its foremost coaching experts.

Crested Butte Academy is a fully accredited college preparatory (6-12) boarding/dayschool combined with world class training camp/academy programs in alpine skiing, freeride skiing, snowboarding, and high altitude running. Crested Butte Academy hascommitted to attract the best coaches for their sports in order to reach superior levels ofathletic and academic training. Its recent partnership with IMG Academies and CayClubs International and its relocation to Sunvest’s Elevation Hotel and Spa at the foot ofMt. Crested Butte, has made the Crested Butte Academy experience totally unique to theColorado Rocky Mountains.

“With a new ride/ski in and out location at Elevation, an increased mountain relationshipand presence, the construction of cutting edge on-campus gravity center for world-classacrobatic training, notable additions to our coaching staff, the vast knowledge andresources of IMGA, and a sharpening of philosophy and focus, Crested Butte Academy ispoised to become the best freestyle training facility for snowboarding and free ride skiingin the world, said Mr. Keene.

Mr. Keene went on to say, “Whether you are a motivated student/athlete looking to takemeaningful steps toward your future, or an established professional looking to focus-inon a particular part of your game, Crested Butte Academy is the most powerful andlogical place in the world to achieve your goals. Period.

For more information, please contact Priscilla Kuehnel at 941.752.2604 or via e-mail atPriscilla.

About Crested Butte Academy

Crested Butte Academy is a fully accredited, college preparatory boarding and day schoollocated in the heart of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. It is committed to educating thewhole person in a safe and caring environment. Standards are high and classes are small,emphasizing individual attention. Flexible academic schedules enable students to excel inacademics as well as train for and compete in the highest levels of alpine racing, free rideskiing, snowboarding, and high altitude running. Crested Butte Academy is accredited bythe Association of Colorado Independent School (ACIS), the National Association ofIndependent Schools (NAIS), and is a member of the Ski and Snowboard Association(USSA).

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About IMG Academies

IMG Academies, a division of IMG, is the world’s largest and most successful multisport,training and education camp/academy business. Spread out over 300 acres inBradenton, Florida, the IMG Academies complex encompasses the Nick BollettieriTennis Academy, the David Leadbetter Golf Academy, The Baseball, Basketball, Soccer,and Officiating Academies, The Professional Fishing Academy, The InternationalPerformance Institute, The Pendleton School, The Wellness Spa, and The IMGAcademies Golf and Country Club.

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