I’m Elizabeth O’Connell and I am a freestyle mogul skier born and raised in Winter Park, Colorado and currently living in Park City, Utah and hoping to qualify for the U.S Ski Team and raise money for my upcoming ski season.
How I Got Here:
My parents taught my brother and I to ski very young age, I was about 2 years old when I started. Ever since then, my parents have raised me in every sport, however, I stuck with skiing and devoted a big part of my life to it. I have been competing in Freestyle moguls since I was 8. Since I was 14 I have been competing Nationally and internationally. I have podiumed at US Nationals, US Ski Team Selections, and gotten multiple top ten consistently in international competitions. Two years ago, I moved from my hometown ski team Winter Park to Team Park City United. Now I live in Park City, Utah training full time. I have a long story of how I got into mogul skiing but, if my parents didn’t take me out of school and take my brother and I to the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, I would have never realized that one day I wanted to be an Olympian. I’m here talking about my goals and aspirations in hope that you will partake and join me in the effort to build a future Olympian.
Why I am Raising Funds?
My 2017-2018 ski season it just around the corner and my goal is to raise money to fund my travel, equipment, training camps, and this upcoming competition season. In the fall, my team and I will be returning to France for another on snow training camp and we will end our pre-season camp in Apex Canada before we go to US Ski Team Selections in my hometown Winter Park, Colorado. These training camps are a chance to fine tune my skiing and jumping so that at Selections, I can qualify for a spot at the World Cups in Lake Placid, Deer Valley and hopefully more across the world.
This sport is costly with all the expenses like airfare, competition entry fees, lodging, coaching and team fees, and training camps, it adds up. This year alone is roughly $18,000 with fall training camps and my competition season and that amount doesn’t include my summer expenses. It’s all a necessary part in having a successful season. Training camps help improve and fine tune my skiing, I am also to work on new jumps like a back full that I am hoping to utilize during this competition season. Every dollar, word of encouragement and support goes a long way.
Upcoming 2017-2018 Season:
My competition season start December 17-22 in Winter Park at U.S. Ski Team Selections. This event is a qualification event for the North American Tour (Noram Tour) and the winner of Selections gets a spot at the American World Cup events in Lake Placid and Deer Valley. I am hoping to qualify for the World Cups. After Selections my Noram competitions will be all around North America with four stops; Vermont, Quebec Canada, during the last week of January and the first week in February, then Calgary Canada, and Park City, Utah, the last week of February and the first week in March. After the Noram Tour it is US Nationals in Waterville, New Hampshire if the snow and conditions permits. With the hope that I qualify for the US World Cups there is opportunity to continue onto more World cups all over the World. My overall goals for this upcoming season is; to qualify for World Cups, and to qualify for the US Ski Team.
How to Follow My Journey:
For those of you who donate or who just want to follow my ski season and career, I recommend you check out my personal blog (https://elizabeth-oconnell.com/) to follow what I am doing, constant updates in my training and a look into my life and who I am. It also has a calendar of events so if any events are close to you please come and cheer me on. I also encourage you to find me on Facebook and any other social media accounts as there’s always the most current pictures and updates on there.
Thank you to my family for always supporting me and working so hard to make my dream possible.
Thank you Mom for always being there when I need someone to guide me, and showing how to be a strong, hard working, independent person but how to also be selfless and sacrafice and for always making sure I am taken care of.
Thank you Dad for being there for me after I've had a hard day and giving me advice how to do better and inspire me to keep working hard, and teaching me that no matter how hard things get to never give up and to keep fighting for what I want.
Thank you Patrick for being a friend and an amazing brother, and always supporting me pushing me to be better.
I would like to thank John Begasse for the support and coming to every competition possible and cheering me on and the donations and miles you have given me, and for teaching me life lessons and giving me advice.
Thank you Terrance and Mary Louise Monaghan and the rest of my exteded family for the support and encouragement along the way.
I would like to thank Heidi and Charlie Matthews for giving me a home in Park City and the Gordon and Matthews family for supporting me and taking me in.
Thank you to all my friends and Oakley family who give me a release outside of skiing.
Thank you to my team and coaches for the countless amounts of support.
Thank you to the donors, sponsors and people who have supported me along the way, I would'nt be here without all of you!
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