I am honored to have earned the opportunity to represent the United States in the Junior World Championship at Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand. My journey snowboarding competitively began with Ski Roundtop Race Club (SRRC) in Lewisberry Pennsylvania where I was coached by Jeff Carr and Neil Sunday since the 5th grade. After winning over 38 gold medals in USSA regional events, and multiple national events, I received my first invitation in 2017 to represent the United States in the Junior World Championships in Klinovic, Czech Republic. Over the last seven years, I was given the opportunity to be coached by Thedo Remnlink from Steamboat Springs Mountain Club, and Patrick Gaudet, coach of the Canadian Olympic team, and now I have earned the opportunity to be coached by Olympian Justin Reiter, coach of the Junior Worlds Parallel Giant Slalom and Slalom male athletes.
Every year the top ranked junior snowboard athletes in the United States are selected to represent the United States at the Junior World Championships for Slopestyle, Halfpipe, Big Air, Boardercross, Giant Slalom and Slalolm Snowboard racing with the top ranked athletes from around the world. In order to qualify athletes in Giant Slalom and Slalom Snowboard racing compete against each other in the North America Race to the Cup qualifying events. For the 2017-18 winter season, USSA advised athletes that only the two top female and male athletes would earn an invitation to represent the United States for Giant Slalom and Slalom Snowboard Racing where 40 athletes from around the world will compete to earn the world title for the 2017-18 Junior World Championship.
WHY I NEED YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE 2018-19 SEASON
The United States does not fund athletes to represent the United States in the Junior World Championships or at qualifying events or the National Championships. Athletes self fund all costs and rely on supporters such as family and friends to help them along the way. While athletes in other countries such as Austria, Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, Switzerland and the Ukraine are funded by their countries. Many snowboard racing athletes give up on their Olympic dreams due to lack of funding and support. When costs to compete in regional and national events exceed $15,000 a year for registration, equipment, training, coaching, and travel costs, many athletes by age 18 and parents have incurred over $100,000 in costs. The 2018 Junior World Championship costs will exceed $6000 with the 2018 year and 2018-19 winter season costs exceeding $20,000.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my journey and my sport. Thank you to all of my Coaches and my family for supporting me. A big thank you to K & D Factory Service for helping me make the trip to New Zealand and Ski Roundtop Race Club. Thank you to all the volunteers and Olympians such as Chris Klug, Vic Wild, and Justin Reiter who have paved the way for young athletes like me. Without each of you, none of this would be possible.
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