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Letter: Thanks, Aspen, for helping me follow my dreams

As this ski season comes to a close, I would like to give a big thank-you to the Aspen community for allowing me to ski race at the World Cup level yet again. The U.S. Ski Team has required me and other athletes to pay more than $25,000 for travel and training costs per year. For the past four years, the Aspen community has funded most of this burden with donations and contributions.

My 2014-15 season was a rough but successful year. I came back from a yearlong injury to score my first World Cup Downhill points, skiing from a 56th start position to 22nd in Lake Louise, Alberta, the first World Cup of the year. Unfortunately, I dislocated my elbow the night before the Birds of Prey World Cup in early December, which forced me to miss a month of skiing in the heart of the season.

I came back in February and skied into a career-best finish of 17th in Saalbach, Austria. Finally, I finished the season by winning the U.S. National Downhill title in Sugarloaf, Maine. This season, I finally proved to myself and anyone watching that I can and will be a contender on the World Cup circuit in years to come.

A huge thank you to all those who have made this possible. Thank you for your love and support! I could not have gotten this far without you.

Wiley Maple


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