Bode helmet benefits former technician’s breast cancer battle
Aspen, CO Colorado
PARK CITY, Utah – Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller, who captured several medals in Vancouver, is auctioning his signed Olympic helmet on eBay to help raise money for Pam Warman, a former U.S. Ski Team technician who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
The helmet, which was worn by Miller in the Olympic slalom, can be found at http://www.ebay.com.
Warman, originally from Portillo, Chile, tuned skis for the U.S. Ski Team from 2001 to 2006, including Steven Nyman (Sundance, Utah) and Bryon Friedman (Park City, Utah). She now calls Lake Tahoe, Calif., home and spends her winters working with Sierra at Tahoe Resort and her summers landscaping with Pete Lavin, the longtime start house hype-man for the men’s World Cup team.
“I started with the Development Team then moved up to the Europa Cup program,” said Warman, who received her cancer diagnosis seven weeks ago following a routine mammogram. “I was working with Steven Nyman and Bryon Friedman when they got their first World Cup starts. I kind of became the mom for all these guys when they were younger.
“Bode has always been an extremely generous guy. I remember him buying U.S. Ski Team jackets for the Development Team a while ago,” she recounted. “No one knew where they came from. Bode didn’t want the credit, he just wanted to help out.”
Along with Miller, Warman struck a particular friendship with Jake Zamansky of Aspen, who began spearheading the auctions, which will also include items from Nyman, Friedman and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, Calif.).
“Jake and I have always been really close because he and my oldest son share the same birthday, but all the guys know me really well,” she said. “I just dropped them all a line asking if there was anything they could do to help, and they immediately began putting things like this auction together.”
“Pam is such a friend to so many members of our team,” said Zamansky, a 2010 Olympian along with Miller and Nyman. “It was really easy for us to get moving on this. We are putting together what we can, but Bode’s helmet was such a big item, we wanted to get that up right away. There will be more items that we’ll auction down the line.”
The auction closes Wednesday at 10:15 p.m. Eastern. A separate fundraiser for Warman is planned at Sierra at Tahoe on April 13. The event will feature a dual giant slalom with current and former members of the U.S. Ski Team, plus an auction and live music by Friedman.
For more information, log on to http://pamwarman.webs.com.
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