The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Foundation events just keep getting better. On Thursday, several Ski and Snowboard Team athletes and Olympians gathered in the Big Apple for the Foundation’s premier Ski and Snowboard Ball, to sign autographs and help raise money for the USSA. “The ball was a big success, bigger than last year,” said Tom Kelly, VP of Communications for the USSA. “This year we held the Ball at a new venue—Gotham Hall and having Bode (Miller) back was a huge hit.”
Other star athletes in attendance included Olympic gold medalists (snowboarder) Seth Wescott and (mogul skier) Donna Weinbrecht, along with Billy Kidd and Tommy Moe. “The biggest applause of the night came for our staging of the five Olympic medalists: Miller, Wescott, Kidd, Moe and Weinbrecht,” Kelly said.
Along with fine dining, star-quality mingling and live music, attendees were treated to entertainment by the Flying Ace All Stars, of which 2009 World Champion aerial skier Ryan St. Onge is a member. The fun and high-flying antics had everyone enthused. “New England and New York have such a big population of skiers and snowboarders that there’s great excitement in the group of people that are here,” said U.S. Snowboard Team boardercross star Seth Wescott. “It’s especially so in the Olympic year, because they really do feel like their support goes to help that team and the athletes.”
“The New York City Ski Ball is an amazing event,” concurred U.S. Team cross-country skier Liz Stephen. “There are 500-plus people who attend, all who have gathered just to support us, as athletes of the US Ski Team. This year’s event was particularly exciting because of the energy for Vancouver. Every time I think about what it would feel like to step out onto an Olympic course I get goose bumps, and the support that I felt and saw at this Ski Ball gave them to me too.”
U.S. Ski Team alpine athlete and Mammoth Mountain local Stacey Cook also had a good time. “Gotham Hall was so cool, and the food was amazing,” Cook said. “The committee really did an amazing job organizing this year’s Ball and I am so happy to have been a part of it.”
Cook’s New York experience wasn’t just limited to Gotham Hall, either. “One of the highlights of my trip was having my picture up in Times Square!” Cook enthused. “How cool is that!”
Pretty cool, Stacey. Pretty cool.