DREAM A LITTLE DREAM
Hi all! My name is Abby Hughes. I am a 23 year old native of Park City, Utah. I am also a world class ski jumper and I can finally call myself an Olympic hopeful and mean it!
Since I can remember, my dream has always been to carry an American flag at the Olympic Winter Games. It wasn’t until 2006 while I was watching the Opening Ceremonies for Torino that my dream wasn’t a reality or a possibility.
It dawned on me then that I should be there, but there was no discipline for women in the sport of ski jumping. Since then I solely remember idolizing men and my older brother Blake because there wasn’t an older generation of women to look up to. But I didn’t hang up my jumpsuit then, and I don’t plan to anytime soon.
Women will be alloweed to compete in Sochi for the first time in ski jumping and I want to be there. With this decision to pursue my dream, I did have to give up a normal lifestyle. I’ve had to put my education on hold and I can’t work a fulltime job. I still live with my parents. And many thanks to them because I wouldn’t be where I am today without their help and support.
I hope with your help and support, I can become even closer to make my dream come true. I am partially funded by Women’s Ski Jumping USA and I don't have sponsorship, so I need to raise $4,200 to fill the gap, which will help with travel and equipment costs for the next year. I’ve got some cool swag for your generous contributions.
WHY THIS MATTERS & BEING A ROLE MODEL
By achieving this goal, I will be able to focus solely on ski jumping and not have to worry about how I will pay for the next trip or for new equipment so I can continue to compete at the highest level on the World Cup. And by focusing solely on ski jumping, I will be able to train my heart out and work hard to qualify for the Olympics.
Qualifying for the Olympics and being able to represent the United States on the biggest world stage is my dream, but the dream of many others as well. I can show the younger generation of female ski jumpers that our dream can come true. Once I retire from ski jumping, I want to be apart of their dream, as a coach, and take them to the highest level. Because girls can jump far and we deserve the chance to prove it.
LIVING A DREAM FOR MYSELF & MY BROTHER
Trying to remember my first jump is like trying to remember my first step. I started jumping when I was about 7 years old. But I’ve been on skis since I was in my mother’s womb while she was a ski instructor at Park City Ski Area. I was six months old for my first season pass picture. I was born with a natural athletic ability, so jumping became second nature as I followed Blake’s path to the art of flying.
Blake is why I started ski jumping, to be just like him in everyway I could. But ski jumping is mostly a popular European sport and for men in the U.S. it was quite difficult without much funding. When Blake had to retire from jumping, I was devastated and his Olympic dream ended.
Now I don’t just jump for me, but for him as well. I also jump for all of the little girls who share the same dream that I have, to be an Olympian. I hope with my career I can be a role model and inspire the younger generation of female athletes.
WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO
This money raised will go toward paying for suits, boots, bindings, and plane tickets overseas to compete in World Cups. New equipment is crucial for ski jumping. One ski jump only lasts up to 10 seconds so you put a lot of trust into your body and its instincts. With new equipment, the feelings you generate are effective and efficient.
MY SUCCESSES & MY SUPPORT
I have stood on the podium since I was a little girl, even competing with boys. I have been a Junior National champion multiple times as well as placing at National championships and international competitions. Currently my best World Cup finish is 9th, and I am very close to consistently finishing in the top 10 in every event.
Ski jumping may be an individual sport, but it takes a team to succeed. Women’s Ski Jumping USA and its supporters have helped me tremendously along the way. Those supporters, along with my parents, my brother, the younger generations and my teammates give me the motivation to be the best that I can be.
JOIN MY TEAM
Contribute today and be part of my team and help me spread my Rally on Facebook, Twitter, blogs, or e-mails. No amount is too small.
Having the support from people who have watched me fly gives me motivation to be the best, but with the help from RallyMe I can take this even farther. Here I come Sochi!
Select A Support Level
$25A personal email thank you and updates about my competitions.
$50A personal shout out on Facebook, an email, and a signed athlete card.
$100A personal email, shout out on Facebook, and a signed ski jumper print that I painted. (I happen to be an artist too!)
$200A personal email, shout out on Facebook, a signed athlete card, and a signed World Cup bib