Trying to realize World Cup dreams |

Trying to realize World Cup dreams

Dear Editor:

My name is Wiley Maple. I am currently a member of the U.S. Ski Team’s World Cup B team. Mike Marolt and Montezuma Basin Productions will be hosting a benefit Nov. 9 at the Wheeler Opera House helping raise funds for my training and travel expenses.

Last year, I spent the season chasing and living my dreams of competing at the World Cup level. I raced every World Cup downhill and competed in several World Cup super-G’s through out the season. I scored my first World Cup points by placing 29th in a super-G in Val Gardena, Italy, starting 61st. It was an awesome experience to see and race in the World Cup last year, and I hope to do it for years to come.

Unfortunately, ski racing is a very dangerous and expensive sport. The U.S. Ski Team can no longer provided funding for B-, C- and D-team athletes while they are racing and training throughout the season. As a B-team member, I am required to pay $22, 000 to the ski team for all training, racing, lodging, food and travel over the winter season. Over the summer months, I dry-land train and rehab at the U.S. Ski Team’s Center of Excellence gym in Park City, Utah. During the summer training block, nothing is covered through the ski team, and all expenses fall to me. I have had a major injury and surgery, incurred from ski racing every year for the past four seasons. The hospital bills pile up.

This year I will be holding a movie fundraiser and benefit at the Wheeler Opera House on Nov. 9 to help offset the cost of my season. Last year was my first fundraiser, and it was a huge success – helping fund most of my season. To continue chasing my dreams of competing at the World Cup and Olympic levels, I need to call the community to help support my World Cup season.

The Wheeler benefit will include a silent auction. I am looking for any and all donations in the form of dinners, gift certificates and products from local merchants. Please let me know if you would be willing to contribute. All money raised will directly fund my World Cup dreams.

Thank you for your consideration

Wiley Maple


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