Hi, I'm Valerie Festavan, a 15-year-old ski racer with big dreams in the sport of ski racing. It started out as something I found very strange. Why in the world would I slide down a hill with these long boards attached to my feet? Although I didn't understand it, I found it fascinating. When I would get tired, there was no need to go inside instead, my dad and I would throw snowballs at each other on the side of the hill until our arms were more tired than our legs. Then we would ski some more. As got older, I needed more challenges. I would race against friends on the Nastar course until I joined a race team. I've stuck with that ever since, and with a lot of hard work, training, and grit, here I am today!
I continued to pursue skiing and raise the bar each time I got on snow. As I reached higher levels in the sport, my teammates and I kept pushing ourselves and each other. I want to continue this amazing experience and become the best that I can be.
Why I'm Raising Funds
As you excel in ski racing, the competition gets more and more difficult. With the difficulty, the standards are raised as well. All the competitors are serious about training and winning. Traveling, proper equipment and summer camps/training becomes a necessity for the sport. Because of my success, I receive support from the Park City Ski Team, The Youth Winter Sports Alliance, T2 Foundation and various other sponsorship committees and sponsors. Nevertheless, it is just not enough considering the travel expenses, tuition, equipment, and other necessities for my sport. In addition, the financial situation of my parents makes it very difficult to support my sport. I am now reaching out to you. Help me continue to pursue this passion of mine. Be a part of my team, and support my dream.
My Accomplishments This Past Season
- 4th at Western Region Championships (SL)
- 6th at Western Region Championships (GS)
- 7th at Western Region Championships (SG)
- 14th at National Championships (SG)
- 10 top 5 finishes in IMD qualifiers and races in Europe
- 2nd Place for Skills Quest at U16 National Championships
- Awarded U16’s “Top Performer” from Park City Ski Team Banquet
- 6th Place Overall at U16 Western Region Championships
This season, I had the opportunity to race at U16 Nationals. This race is dependent on how you perform at Western Region Champs, which is a race for the best racers in the West. At Western Region Champs, I performed very well and qualified for U16 Nationals to compete against the best racers in the country. At Nationals we also performed a Skills Quest to test our abilities in a series of tasks. Everyone competing at Nationals are judged on their skills. I was awarded 2nd place in Skills Quest against the best skiers in the Nation. I was also awarded the Top Performer by my team for performing consistently, and well throughout the season.
How I Got Here
Last April I joined a school with a schedule specialized for winter athletes. The Winter Sports School makes it possible for people like me to be able to concentrate on their academics while getting more time to accel in their sport as well. This past season I improved immensely due to the fact I was able to focus solely on skiing without the stress of school as a distraction. This summer I have also gotten a job to help with the expenses of the sport. I would not have come this far without the support of my community as a whole, Park City Ski Team and the Winter School have all done a wonderful job in supporting me.
My teammates are a big part of my success. Even though we are competitors we maintain a team spirit and always root for each other. This constructive dynamic pushes all of us to a higher level. I would like to give a HUGE thanks the head of Park City Ski Team Jesse Hunt for giving me his support through this journey. My coaches are also a huge part of my success and support. I would also like to thank again The Youth Winter Sport Alliance, T2 Foundation, my sponsors, Winter Sports School, and the Park City community.
To contact me personally you may reach me at my email: email@example.com