"In an ideal world, cost would never be an obstacle to a young skier who wants to become a ski racer. But this is the real world, and we must face the reality that the cost of ski racing will always be a barrier to entry for many.
"The purpose of my article is not to discourage ski racers from attending a ski academy or major resort program. However, the U.S. development system clearly needs another track for training junior alpine ski racers."
"Ski racing is not just about who can carve their ski the cleanest, hold a more aerodynamic tuck, or get out of the start the quickest. I would argue that THE most important skill to have, especially on race day, is confidence."
The always-entertaining former World Cup racer and Olympian Chad Fleischer pulls no punches in his latest letter to the editor. He points out, if you want to be great, it's going to take sacrifice — and money.
“I am a firm believer that a kid from a small program can make it without breaking the bank,” says USST alum, ski parent and part-time coach Kyle Wieche. “It involves talent and hard work, but most importantly patience and confidence in doing your own program, your own way.”