All About Me
Hi! my name is Lauren Salko and I am a skier. I am a former alpine racer. I raced alpine for 4 years at my alma mater Saint Anselm College. After graduation I packed up everything I owned and moved 3,000 miles away from my friends and family to pursue my dreams of racing ski cross around the world. It would be great to have the opportunity to race in the Olympics in 2018, but currently now I just want to be the best athlete I can be. Right now, I am working out in the gym twice a day and am preparing to go to down South America in August for training and to race in some South American Cup races. I am a type 1 diabetic and I love doing advocacy work. If you see me out and about I will be with my adorable service dog Silas (he is a diabetic alert dog and my partner in crime). You can keep up with my daily antics on my blog http://skiersalko.blogspot.com/ or on instagram @skiersalko
Skiing and Me
I didn’t start ski racing until I was 15 when my amazing parents had the fortitude to allow me to attend Kents Hill School in Maine. At Kents Hill I fell head over heels in love with skiing and ski racing. I worked hard and earned a spot on the ski team at Saint Anselm College upon my high school graduation. After spending 2 years racing for Saint Anselm College, I continued to race alpine but began to race ski cross as well. I competed at USCSA nationals in Ski cross and Alpine and was lucky enough to be named an All-American. This past year I was invited to compete in World University Games. Despite difficult weather conditions cancelling heats (the head to head part of the competition and falling in qualifications) I managed to come in 11th. I have been doing ski cross for two years now and to say I am obsessed would be an understatement. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to compete at such a high level and your support would mean the world to me.
My plan for this year
This year I plan to start off right by training down in Argentina and competing in some South American cup races in Chile. I will be training alongside my teammates from the US with our private coach. I plan to enter all of the North American Cup races for ski cross and continue training ski cross all season. I also plan to enter some giant slalom and super giant slalom races this season to continue improving my skiing in the hopes of becoming faster and faster at ski cross. If my results are where I hope they will be, I will also have the opportunity to head over to Europe for some FIS races and possibly some European Cup races. I am in the gym every day working on my fitness and strength with my trainer. I am also part of an amazing group of endurance athletes with type 1 diabetes. I will be running the 2015 Bank Of America Chicago Marathon and will compete in the 2016 Ironman Wisconsin. I hope not only to be the best athlete that I can be but also to show others with diabetes that you truly can do anything.
My Ski Cross Accomplishments
2 Top 10 place finishes in North American Cup Races
3 2nd place finishes in USASA Races
9Th Place USCSA Nationals
6th Place USASA nationals open class
Top 10 Rank in the United States (FIS Points)
Project Gold Participant
14th Place USCSA Nationals
6th Place USASA Nationals
11th Place World University Games
Top 10 ranking in the United States (FIS Points)
Why I'm Raising Funds
I need to raise funds to compete this year because the US Ski team does not financially support ski cross athletes. There is no team named by the US ski team and we do not receive coaching or funding. Normally in June, USSA puts on a Project Gold camp but due to lack of snow in the Pacific Northwest, there was no Project Gold this year. This means that my family and I have been paying my way for ski cross ever since I entered the sport and will need to fund this season entirely on our own. I work for HEAD skis in the summer to fund my equipment needs and I work throughout the year to pay my living expenses and as much towards my athletic career as I can. As a recent college graduate the cost of competing and living far from my family this year is very overwhelming. I estimate that is will cost $20,000 for me to compete at this high level this year. My trip down to South America has already cost me $4,000. I will be tuning and waxing my own skis this season in an attempt save money.
What The Money You Donate Will Go To
- Equipment (helmet, back protector, ski cross suit, wax… Everything but skis and boots)
- Travel (to and from races and training in North America, South America, and Europe)
- Race Entry Fees
- Coaching costs
- Lodging and food while on the road
Nobody does this alone! I would like to thank everyone and anyone who has been a part of my journey so far. A huge thanks to my parents for helping in everyway possible and every coach I have had up until now. Thanks to my college teammates for supporting me during my entire collegiate career.
The Diabetes Community And Me
Type one diabetes is an autoimune disease in which the pancrease ceases to produce insulin. There is no cure. Since the pancrease does not produce insulin, and the body needs insulin to allow glucose into the cells to produce energy, people with type one diabetes must take insulin via injection. I have have type one diabetes which means that I frequently check my blood sugar so that I know how much insulin to take. I also use an insulin pump to coninuously administer insulin to my body. Silas, my service dog, can smell when my blood sugar is too high or too low and will alert me to this. High or low blood glucose can be very dangerous. Some people have thought that because I have type one diabetes I cannot compete at this high a level. Well I have proved them wrong. I have to be more diligent with what I do, but diabetes will not slow me down or hold me back. I volunteer teaching skiing for an amazing organization called Riding on Insulin teaching kids with type 1 diabetes to ski and snowboard. I am blessed to have had such amazing support from the diabetes community and I hope that if I were to make it to the Olympics I would be able to promote diabetes research and understanding with the increases media attention I would get. I hope that in some small way I can give back the community that has given me so much! I have type 1 diabetes and it has made me the person I am today, I would not change it for the world.
JoinMy Team and Spread the Word!
I would like to sincerely thank all of my supporters both finically and otherwise. Please donate whatever you feel would be appropriate. If you cannot donate please help me by spreading the word! Thank you!!
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$10Social Media Shout Out!I will give you a shout out on social media! Instagram and FB!
$25Post Card!You will receive a personalized thank you post card from me on my travels!
$50Signed PosterYou will receive a signed poster from me! I will also give you a social media shout out and a personalized thank you post card!
$75Signed Personalized PosterI will send you a signed personalized poster! I will also give you a social media shout out and a personalized thank you post card!
$350A Full Day Skiing With Me!Did you know I am a level 3 PSIA ski instructor? or a level 200 USSA coach? Well I am and I will ski for one full day with you (and coach you if you want) at Park City! We will have a great time! Lift ticket included! (A full day private lesson through Park City Mountain Resort is over $700! This is a steal!) I will also give you a social media shout out a personalized thank you post card, and a personalized signed poster!
$1,000Weekend Ski GetawayYou will get to ski with me for the whole weekend! Did you know I am a level 3 PSIA ski instructor? or a level 200 USSA coach? Well I am and I will be happy to coach you all weekend long! A private coach for the weekend through Park City Mountain Resort is over $1400 (and I have higher certifications that many of their coaches)! This is such a steal! You will also get to stay in a private room at my condo in Park City and I will make breakfast for you each morning before we hit the slopes! Lift tickets are included as is a ride to and from the Salt Lake City airport! I will also give you a social media shout out a personalized thank you post card, and a personalized signed poster!
$2,500Advertising on my helmet and jacketYou or your company will be represented on helmet and jacket at all competitions and training! I will Instagram or tweet about you or your company on a regular basis! I will also make sure to wear your name or logo in any and all interviews that I might do! I will also give you a social media shout out a personalized thank you post card, and a personalized signed poster!
$5,000Head SponsorI will proudly wear your name or logo front and center on my helmet! Your name or logo will also go on my jacket and will be bigger than any other logo I wear! I will proudly represent you or your company while training, competing and interacting with any media! I will Instagram or tweet about you or your company on a regular basis! I will also give you a social media shout out a personalized thank you post card, and a personalized signed poster!