The Michigan Cup Committee instituted a new team competition for the 2010 racing season: The Michigan Cup Team with the highest total Junior points is awarded the Baic Cup. The Cup is named in honor of Nickola Baic’s significant and long standing contribution to the Junior ski racing in the Great Lakes District of the United States Ski Association. The Great Lakes District consists of the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Nick has been the Junior Chairman of the GLD since its inception when the Central District was split in two. Nick has been a tireless Junior Coach making amny trips to Junior Olympics. He also runs Annick Timing Services which times many Michigan Cup races.
Nick Baic officiating at a Michigan Cup race
While the Baic Cup primarily honors Nick’s contribution the Michigan Cup Committee would also like recognize the many contributions of the Baic family. Nick’s father Vojin was a member of the 1948 Yugoslavian Olympic Cross Country ski team and skied in the 1948 St. Moritz Olympics in Switzerland. He was an employee of the USSA and was instrumental in starting cross country skiing in the Lower Peninsula. He coached many athletes in the Traverse City area. His three children, Nick, Milan and Ivanka were a force to be reckoned with as Juniors and College students. Ivanka skied for Northern Michigan University while Nick and Milan skied for Michigan Tech. Milan continues to be a force in Masters skiing both in the Michigan Cup, National Masters and World Masters ski circuits.
The Baic Cup, won in it's inagural year by the Vasa Ski Club in Traverse City