It's been a tough road to recovery for U.S. Ski Team athlete Sam DuPratt, who broke both his legs last season in Val Gardena. The American racer is determined to not only ski again, but race at the highest level.
By Mark Wolcott|2021-09-15T07:12:11-06:00September 15th, 2021|
"Expanding the use of the flip-seed format would level the playing field for all our junior racers and discourage point chasing. The bottom line is the USST doesn’t need more kids with low points, they need athletes who can ski fast regardless of the course conditions."
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.”
As a community, we need to start asking, are these financial decisions making us stronger as a nation or simply making us faster than our neighbors? Are we giving our kids an edge over the competition or pricing the competition out of the market?