Now that my undergraduate years at Dartmouth are over, I’m turing to a full-time ski racing career to see how far I can take it. My mission: to become one of the best skiers in the world.
The plan to make it happen
I will race all of the Nor-Am Cup Series, concentrating on my strengths in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom. If I can finish in the top two spots in the overall of a single event at the end of the season (based on accumulated points in the series), it will earn me a secured World Cup spot for the next ski year. On top of this, I also hope to race more of the Europa Cup series overseas and begin to rack up Europa Cup points (finishing in the top 30) in the grueling cicuit and move up the ranks. If this season goes well enough for me, battling for a tough-earned spot in the 2010 Olympics is not entirely out of the picture for me.
Since I am not currently on the U.S. Ski Team, I have to achieve these goals as an individual skier and without all the benefits of being on the National Team. This means organizing travel, lodging, and races on my own, finding training, being my own ski technician, and funding my entire season as well; all requiring a lot of effort and energy aside from just skiing fast. The U.S. Team also controls the quotas for the Europa Cup and World Cup circuits filling the spots with guys on the Team. Therefore, getting the opportunities to race these elite races come scarce and to be able to move up the ranks as an independent skier is one of the biggest obstacles. Usually, some spots are open, however, for invitees who are skiing well at the time, as I was fortunate to experience with a few Europa Cup races last February.
Because of the benefits that come with being a part of the National Team, I hope to make the U.S. B Team for next year by getting my world rank in one event down to the top 60. I am currently ranked 61 in slalom. A helpful result to my ranking came just this August in New Zealand, when I won a slalom race with a very competitive World Cup field. Because of this success already this season, attaining just one comparable result will be enough to put me on the U.S. B Team for the next selection period. To note, this is my world rank coming out of full-time enrollment at Dartmouth College. Without the obligations of having to attend classes, labs, and other exhausting major requirements, I feel confident that with a few good opportunites and a little luck, I can come up with the result that I am looking for to accomplish the task of making the U.S. Team and bust into the ranks.
I am very excited and optimistic for this upcoming season and to see the outcome I will have when the ski year comes to a close. I will post my journey throughout the winter on the home page so please keep checking back if you wish to follow my progress.
Support the Mission
One of the biggest parts of making this dream a reality at this stage in my career is aquiring the funding neccessary to carry me through the season. Any support you can offer to help offset the costs and expenses of my season will be greatly appreciated and help bring me one step closer to fulfilling the goals I have set for myself and that I have had since the beginning of my skiing career.