In 2005, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation created the Olympic Development Team to financially assist qualified SVSEF athletes who had risen "through the top" to become the less than 1% who compete at the international level. With the support of donors, three SVSEF athletes competed at the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. In 2011 we have a new name, Gold, and a new goal; to send six athletes to the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014 -6 at Sochi.
6 at Sochi is a lofty goal, yet a realistic one given the current Gold Team pipeline. Tanner Farrow, who began his Olympic dream as an 8-year-old with the SVSEF, was just named to the United States Alpine Ski Team. Simi Hamilton, one of our three Olympians in Vancouver, just began his second year on the United States Cross Country team. Kaitlyn Farrington, an athlete who began her Olympic quest as a 12-year-old snowboarder with the SVSEF, is on the US Snowboard Team and Shane Cordeau, local boy and SVSEF athlete since second grade, is beginning his third year on the US Freestyle team. Please go to our full Gold Team roster and bios to read about all of our Gold Team athletes. The Gold Team's mission is to provide select elite athletes with the necessary support, both financial and through elite training and development programs, to compete and succeed at the international level and become members of the US Ski and Snowboard Teams (USST).
Not only do Gold Team athletes receive financial assistance along with one of the best training environments in the country, our younger athletes benefit from the exposure and interaction with these high caliber athletes, creating inspiration and motivation at all levels. You can use our online donation service to donate to the Gold Team. To learn more about the Gold Team Annual Membership please click here - Gold Team
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