Austrian native Patrick Riml grew up in Soelden and was a member of Austria's powerful national team before a back injury, suffered in a race in Japan, ending his racing career. He became certified at the club level and worked with programs in Australia and Austria before joining the Austrian national team coaching staff for the 1996 season. He was Europa Cup slalom and giant slalom coach before becoming Claudia Riegler's personal coach for two seasons; she won four World Cup races before retiring. He joined the U.S. coaching staff as Europa Cup head coach with the 2002 Olympic season and jumped up to the women's Head Coach position in 2004 where he served for seven seasons. After a short stint with Alpine Canada, Riml returned to the U.S. Ski Team as Alpine Director in 2011. He and his wife, Jodi, live in Park City with their daughter Reyna.