Charles (“Chuck”) Clinton Lyda (1952-2010)
Chuck was a two-time Olympian (1976, 1980) and a two-time World Champion (1975, 1977) in the sport of Canoe/Kayak. He was on 28 National Teams, Winter (Biathlon) and Summer (Canoe/Kayak).
He competed in Biathlon at the World Cup level before becoming the head coach for the Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) Biathlon Team in 1995. Chuck was selected as a member of the U.S. Olympic Biathlon Team coaching staff after putting four of his athletes on the 1998 Olympic Biathlon Team. Chuck coached through the 2002 Salt Lake City Games.
Chuck was a dedicated soldier serving with The National Guard -achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Chuck was the Nordic Director for the Auburn Ski Club Associates for many years.
The “Chuck Lyda Memorial Fund” was established in 2010 to help the Ski Club’s aspiring young Nordic Skiers and Biathletes. Please contact us if you would like to donate to this fund.