UPDATE! - Jan. 26
I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen to participate in a support program through the World Cup Dreams Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. Beginning Jan. 26, 2015, all contributions to my campaign will be through World Cup Dreams and will be eligible as tax deductible.
Born and raised in the Vail Valley, ski racing was one of the first things I decided to take seriously. Coming from a family of competitive athletes, I was the youngest of three girls. I contantly pushed myself to keep up with my older, faster, stronger sisters and they taught me some important life lessons. Now, I'm 22 years-old and this will be my fifth season on the Ski Team. I worked my way up the ladder from Development Team for two years, C-team the next, and this will be my second year on the B-team. The past two seasons have been extremely challenging. I've had ups and downs, injuries, some of my best results, and some extremely frustrating moments. All of those things forced me to learn more about myself and as cliche as it is, I've become stronger because of it. I'm excited to begin this season and with a Super-G world cup start to my name, I hope to race consistenly on the World Cup.
I always dreamt of being on the US Ski Team, racing World Cups, and eventually going to the Olympics. Two of those dreams have become reality and now I know my dreams don't have to be just dreams. I'm determined to acheive all my goals and then some. My soul is in the snow covering the mountains that I ski on, and I am in love with the sport I compete in. I hope to inspire the younger athletes in my town to stick with their dreams and hopefully see them as a reality some day.
What I need
Although I'm on the B-Team, team fees are still a part of my sport. $20,000 a year for my fees for traveling, housing, food, and uniforms.
-5 year US Ski Team Member
-3 Time World Junior Ski Team Member
-6th place World Junior Championship Super-G
-7 Year US National Ski Team Member
-1st place 2014 Overall NorAm Super-G Champion
-2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Ranking
-2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Downhill
-2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Super-G
-3rd place 2012 Overall NorAm Giant Slalom
My family is my biggest supporter. My home club and high school, Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy, are my roots and I couldn't have made it anywhere without them. My coaches, technicians, and teamates are obviously a very important part of my career as well.
Other Ways To Help
Spread the word about my Rally via Facebook, Twitter, blogging and email. The only way to get to my goal is to get a lot of people involved!
Anyone who donates $500 or more will be entered to win a one-night stay at the Westin Riverfront Resort and Spa at Beaver Creek (restrictions apply). There is only one winner and the winning donor will be notified at the end of the RallyMe.
Select A Support Level
$20Personal thank you email.
$50Fundraiser tickets. If you can't go to the in-person event but still want to say you went, this one's for you! I'll even give you a shout out on my social media and tell everyone how much fun I had with you!
$75A shout out on my social media and a signed postcard of me.
$100A shout out on my social media, a postcard, and a US Ski Team sticker and pin.
$200A shout out on my social media, a postcard, a US Ski Team sticker & pin, and a RooEpic neck gator or headband.
$350A shout out on my social media, a postcard, a US Ski Team sticker & pin, a RooEpic neck gator or headband, and an Abby Ghent T-shirt.
$500A shout out on my social media, a postcard, a US Ski Team sticker & pin, a RooEpic neck gator or headband, an Abby Ghent T-shirt, plus a pair of custom Soul Poles!
$1,000A shout out on my social media, a postcard, a US Ski Team sticker & pin, a RooEpic neck gator or headband, an Abby Ghent T-shirt, plus a Women's US Ski Team jacket.
$1,500A shout out on my social media, a postcard, a US Ski Team sticker & pin, a RooEpic neck gator or headband, and an Abby Ghent T-shirt and a ski day with ME!