Part of falling in love with a sport (whether it be skiing, snowboarding, basketball, football, baseball or any other) usually involves following the current athletes that are pushing the limits of the sport to new heights.  We're proud that some of the greatest ski and snowboard athletes of today are supporting SkiDUCK and excited to be sharing the sports they love with so many children being introduced to the mountains for the first time!

We're also honored to have the support of previous generations' athletes who helped develop the sports of skiing and snowboarding to where they are today.  Thank you ALL for your participation and support!

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Daron Rahlves
Daron's motto is "Make It Happen!"  He certainly has, being the most decorated American Downhill and Super G skier in history.  Daron has won 12 World Cup races, had 28 World Cup podiums, 7 US National Titles, was the 2001 World Champion in Super G, Silver medalist at the 2005 Worlds in Downhill and Bronze medalist in Giant Slalom.

Daron was born in California in 1973 and lives in Truckee, CA with his wife Michelle and twins Dreyson and Miley (close to his home resort Sugar Bowl).  He has appeared in several ski films, and a few years ago he successfully transitioned from World Cup Downhill racing to Ski Cross, winning a gold medal at the 2008 X Games.  Daron was inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame in April 2011.

From Daron: "I want to pass the word on to the world how great skiing is and to help inspire children (and adults) to give it a try and to keep pushing themselves to dig deep and find out what they're made of.  But first it comes down to the opportunity to learn the sport, and I'm happy to support SkiDUCK's efforts to help deserving children onto the slopes!"

Check out Daron's website at: www.DaronRahlves.com


Glen Plake
Glen has been ripping up mountains on skis since the early age of two, long before he had enough hair for his now-infamous colored mohawk.  He grew up in the hey-day of South Lake Tahoes hot dog scene and later won three World Hot Dog Ski championships.  To revive the spirit of those days, each April he now hosts the Gunbarrel 25 moguls marathon.

As one of extreme skiings founding fathers, Glen is now one of the most recognizable figures in the industry.  His never-ending quest to promote the sport leads his Down Home Tour to small local resorts across America and the Heartland each winter.  As Glen puts it, "The heart and soul of skiing are at the end of a dirt road, not a glitzy resort."  When not traveling, Glen and his wife Kimberly spend their winters in Chamonix France and their summers with the 7th wonder of the world in Lake Lahontan, Nevada.  Glen was inducted into the Ski Hall of Fame in April 2011.


Bonnie St. John
Bonnie St. John was the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing, winning a silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.  Despite losing her right leg at an early age (due to pre-femoral focal disorder), Bonnie excelled as an athlete, scholar, mother, and businesswoman.  After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, Bonnie won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.  She worked in the White House during the Clinton administration as a Director for the National Economic Council and is currently CEO of her own company providing inspiration and motivation to tens of thousands of people each year.

Bonnie is not only a successful author, motivational speaker, executive coach, and TV personality; but an inspiration of courage, strength and determination to all those around her.

To learn more about Bonnie and the message of hope and joy she brings to others, please visit her website at www.bonniestjohn.com


Lynsey Dyer
Lynsey Dyer (spelled with three Ys, no Is) is the top professional female big mountain skier today.  Lynsey was born in 1983 and grew up skiing at Sun Valley, Idaho.  She won two Junior Olympic downhill championships and went on to race at Montana State University before switching over to extreme skiing.  In 2004 she won the International Free Skiers Association North American Tour and has since won several other free skiing competitions.  But ski championships alone can't come close to capturing the essence of Lynsey.

She puts her degree in Graphic Design to great use designing ski graphics, and is also an accomplished photographer and illustrator.  Artsy, colorful and light-hearted, Lynsey is also very serious about good causes.  In 2006, she and Vanessa Pierce co-founded SheJumps.org, a non-profit organization promoting women's participation in outdoor sport activities.

For more information about Lynsey and the other non-profit causes she's working with, visit her website at www.LynseyDyer.com.  (And for fun, check out her Skier Girl video!)


Nate Holland
Nate Holland is a snowboard cross racer extraordinaire! He was born and raised in Sandpointe, Idaho near Schweitzer Mountain where at eight years old he first began ripping the slopes on Sorels with his snowboard.  Nate currently lives in Reno, NV and rides some of the same lines at Squaw Valley USA that he grew up watching in classic snowboard movies as a child.

Nate loves the entire snowboarding scene and plans to remain in the industry even after his professional riding career.  But that won't be anytime soon.  He just competed in his 2nd Olympics event and won an unprecedented FIFTH consecutive gold medal in X Games Snowboard Cross!! Congratulations Nate!

Visit Nate's U.S. Snowboarding Team profile.

Nikki Stone
At the early age of five, after watching Nadia Comaneci win Olympic gymnastics gold, Nikki knew she wanted to become an Olympic champion someday.  That day came in 1998 at the Nagano Winter Olympics when she became America's first-ever Olympic Champion in inverted aerial skiing, less than just two years after a debilitating injury prevented her from even standing.

Throughout her career Nikki earned 35 World Cup medals, eleven World Cup titles, four national titles, two year-long Aerial World Cup titles, and a World Championship title.  Nikki also graduated Magna Cum Laude from New York's Union College and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Utah's Sports Psychology Master's program.

Today, she is a motivational speaker and remains involved with the Olympics and other sports committees.  She is also a successful author who has based her most recent work (When Turtles Fly) upon the "Turtle Effect", a philosophy of success she learned from her mother of a soft inside, a hard shell, and sticking your neck out.

From Nikki: "As an Olympic champion, I know first-hand the value of getting involved in a sport at an early age.  Skiing has had a tremendous influence on my life in so many ways, and I want to share that opportunity with others.  SkiDUCK is a wonderful program that not only provides healthy outdoor recreation for children, but opens a world of opportunity and potential beyond their wildest dreams!"

Visit Nikki's website and her new book site for When Turtles Fly.


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Sho Kashima
Sho was born in El Paso, Texas in 1986.  His family moved to South Lake Tahoe when he was only four years old, where he grew up watching some of the top young mogul skiers of the time racing down Gunbarrel at his home resort of Heavenly Valley.  Sho began skiing moguls before his teens and today is one of the top mogul competitors on the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, with several first place finishes in FIS, NorAm, and National Championships.  He has placed as high as 4th in World Cup competition.


From Sho: "I fully support SkiDUCK's mission and goals! I am so excited that I have the opportunity to introduce the sport that I grew up with and love to disabled and underprivileged children.  Skiing is such a fun sport and I am honored that I can represent the sport and share the fun times with these kids."

Visit Sho's U.S. Ski Team profile.

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Shelly Robertson
Shelly was born in Elko, Nevada and began skiing at the early age of three.  At 15, she joined the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team and began pursuing her dream of one day competing in moguls at the Winter Olympics.  A member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team, Shelly has had four career World Cup podiums, three U.S. National titles and first place finishes in both World Cup moguls and Big Mountain Freeskiing competitions.

Shelly is living the life she loves.  She recently received her degree in Education from the University of Nevada Reno, has founded and hosts the Lake Tahoe Ladies Ski Clinics, and is active in raising donations for Reno's Sky Tavern Junior Ski Program.

From Shelly: "I'm really excited to be involved with SkiDUCK.  This is an organization that truly makes a difference by helping kids get involved in skiing and snowboarding! Many children would never have the opportunity to enjoy sliding on the mountains, but SkiDUCK is changing that.  I have grown up my entire life skiing and have developed a huge passion for the sport and the mountains; I am so excited to see other kids find the same happiness on the slopes.  I hope that with the continued success of this program many more kids will get the opportunity to experience the thrill of their life!"

Visit Shelly's website.

 

 

Some make it happen, some watch it happen, and some say, "What happened?" - Anonymous