USA Cycling’s 2011 feature on Thom Weisel highlights his contributions to the cycling and skiing industries—as an athlete and a businessman—and discusses why he was chosen as the winner of the prestigious Steinbrenner Award in 2011, bestowed by the United States Olympic Foundation. His achievements in sports and business are chronicled here.
The article discusses Weisel’s significant influence in the world of competitive cycling. He was the founder of Montgomery Sports and Tailwind Sports, which operated professional cycling teams in the U.S. and around the world for two decades. The article acknowledges that Weisel’s support and guidance were critical to keeping the sport alive in the U.S. Weisel still serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Cycling Development Foundation. He has raised over $17 million for national athlete development programs.
In addition to his work with cycling, the feature also examines Weisel’s impact on skiing. A dedicated skier himself, he has worked with the U.S. Ski Team for 35 years, having joined the U.S. Ski Team Educational Foundation in 1977 and serving as the organization’s chair from 1983-1994. Five years later, Weisel was awarded the USSA’s highest honor, the Julius Blegen Award, and is considered one of the most influential leaders in the more than 100 year history of the USSA.
USA Cycling then shines light on some of Weisel’s accomplishments in the worlds of business and art. He was an important player in the development of Silicon Valley as a tech hub, shaping the landscape of that industry. His successful career in business allowed him to provide generations donations of art to Bay Area museums and establish endowments for the continued preservation of Native American art and further education about it.
The feature ends by listing some of Weisel’s other accomplishments, which include serving on the boards of the Modern Museums of Art in both New York and San Francisco, as well as on the boards of NASDAQ, Stanford Endowment Management, and Harvard Business School.