Casey Larson, the son of Meg Scotty, the president of Brennan & Clark, a commercial collection agency based in Villa Park, Ill., will represent the United States in ski jumping at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Larson, 19, will be competing in his first Olympic Games. He secured his spot earlier this month. He is one of four men competing for the U.S. Three of the four, including Larson, all trained at the same ski club in Illinois. Larson’s dad, Guy, recalled when he got angry at a coach for planting the idea of competing in the Olympics in his son’s head, thinking there was never a chance it would happen. Instead, the opposite occurred.
“He got laser-focused,” Guy Larson said. “We thought it was a long shot, but then he just kept working and got better.”
Casey Larson finished 46th at last year’s world championship in the large hull event and helped the U.S. team to an 11th-place finish in the team event.
Along with being president of Brennan & Clark, Scotty is also currently president of the Commercial Collection Agencies of America.
Ski jumping runs in the family’s blood. Larson’s younger sister, Cara, won the under-20 championship at last year’s Junior National competition.