Oh, why, hello...didn't see you there! I'm Michael Ankeny, a 26-year-old Minnesota native who enjoys ski racing and long walks on the beach. The latter doesn't happen very frequently (unless I'm hanging spring break style with all my slalom tokyo drifters), however, I have been living the life of a professional ski racer for almost a decade now.
I made the US Ski Team at the wee age of 17 years old. A young and naive boy, I thought that my upward trajectory would continue without fault for the rest of my skiing career. Ranked first in the world in slalom for my age I presumed that the World Cup podium was just around the corner. Spoiler alert: ski racing is hard and there are lots of very talented athletes who want to beat you just as badly as you want to beat them. As a wise man once said, however, the journey is more important than the destination. In all seriousness, I have really enjoyed my time with the US Ski Team and have learned a lot about competing on the highest level that this sport has to offer. There are ups and there are downs, but perseverance is key in progression.
This season I have been let go by the US Ski Team. I had to be top 40 in the World for slalom but ended the season ranked 50th. In years past they have been able to take athletes based on coach’s discretion, however, with continued budget cuts they were unable to do so for this coming season. Thus, this winter I will be competing as an independent athlete. The good news is that nothing changes...I am still going to be racing the World Cup slalom events and still have equal opportunity to qualify for the Olympics.
This individual journey, however, does cost money. I'll be responsible for funding my own transportation, training, lodging, meals, and coaching for the winter. I wanted to come up with a fun way for people to get involved with my fundraising. Enter Slalom Tokyo Drift. I'm lucky to call Ian Macomber, founder of the instagram page, a friend, fraternity brother, and all around tomfoolery partner. After hours of relentless brainstorming and a couple of piña coladas later we came to the conclusion that we should run a fundraiser through Slalom Tokyo Drift. What a neat idea! But what does this mean? I've partnered with Sync Performance, designing a limited edition Slalom Tokyo Drift speed suit and belt. Additionally, Alpine Promotions has helped me develop a training bib that goes along quite nicely with the beach theme (see designs in the rally boost levels). By purchasing these items you will not only help fund my season during my Olympic push, but you will also become a member of the elite, illustrious, and exclusive Team Drift. This qualifies you for potential social media shout outs, but definite fist bumps and crisp high fives if we see you sporting the gear in person. I can tell you for a fact that you are going to look beachin!
So check out the boosting levels to the right of the page. If you're not down to wear some of the gear, perhaps you'll be interested in some of the unique experiences involving myself and other members of the Slalom Tokyo Drift community. Join Team Drift and help me on my pursuit of the Olympic rings!
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$1Virtual HugI'm feeling the love! Enjoy this warm, virtual hug on behalf of myself and the entire Slalom Tokyo Drift squad.
$15Slalom Tokyo Drift StickerMany appreciations! Now go show the World that you too are a member of Team Drift.
$40Slalom Tokyo Drift BeltNeed to work on sucking in the gut before that long awaited spring break trip? This belt will help you do that, plus you'll look good doing it. One size fits all-->cut to fit.
$50Training BibThey say that if you look good, you feel good, and if you feel good, you ski good. That's science. Enjoy this unique Slalom Tokyo Drift training bib that includes a custom number and hashtag. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your number and hashtag preferences with proof of purchase and your name.
$100Creative ControlThis is your time to shine. Slalom Tokyo Drift gets to pick the picture/video, but you write the caption and assign the hashtags. Get your thinking hat on, because over 100K followers will finally see your whimsical ways.
$100FaceTimeHaving relationship problems? Need advice on which Hawaiian shirt to wear to that party coming up? This entitles you to a 30 min FaceTime chat with me and your beverage of choice. Email email@example.com with contact info and proof of purchase.
$150Hawaiian StyleGet ready for summer, because you're going to receive an official SB2K18 Hawaiian shirt from the Slalom Tokyo Drift crew. In addition, you'll get an instagram shout out while we're hanging out under the sun with sand between our toes. Last year's shirt pictured...
$250World Cup BibAlthough clearly not as cool as the Slalom Tokyo Drift bib, enjoy an official World Cup race bib signed by yours truly. You can hang it on the wall or wear it to the training hill. You can really smell the success on this one.
$500Slalom Tokyo Drift SuitNow we're talking! This is the limited edition Slalom Tokyo Drift speed suit produced by SYNC Performance. Disclaimer: This product may result in looks of envy and decreased FIS points. Pair with the training bib for the ultimate combination of swag.
$5,000Spring BreakThis is the big one ladies and gentlemen. Purchasing this entitles you to one invitation to the annual Slalom Tokyo Drift spring break summit. Activities include snorkeling (AKA norking), homemade obstacle courses, fishing, hiking, and sun burning. SB2K18 destination: St. Lucia. Must be 18+