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. The team was renamed the Gold Team in 2011. Member Kaitlyn Farrington captured the Olympic Gold Medal in women's snowboard halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
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.