We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who donated to the USSRT last season. As a result of those generous donors, we were able to provide assistance to 6 Elite team riders helping to offset some of the expenses associated with training for and racing on the FIS World Cup tour. We also were able to provide a stipend for our 9 Junior Team riders competing at the Junior World Championships in Rogla, Slovenia. In addition, we provided some funding to 3 “Rookies”, riders whose in season results warranted some recognition from USSRT. Last season was the first time in many years that US athletes received funding from an organization dedicated to their success.
This season, we strive to exceed last year’s donations, and get us closer to our ultimate goals of fully funding our team members. Racing on the Elite level requires more than just a board and some plane tickets. Racers atop the World Cup Podium often have full time coaches, wax technicians, and physiologists on their team, as well as financial support for the expenses of travel and equipment. These are the things that USSRT looks to provide for our athletes as countdown to Pyeongchang begins.
Our racers work hard in the summer months to offset some of their expenses of travel and training throughout the season. In order to be competitive with the rest of the world these elite athletes need to devote 100% to being the best they can be. The travel alone can cost between $20-25,000 per season.
The equipment for an elite level snowboard racer is now mostly custom made. The boards on the World Cup level average $1500, just for the board alone. Each racer needs at a race board and a trainer for each disipline.
The US Snowboard Racing Team is dedicated to hiring the best coaches to work with both the elite and grassroots programs to ensure success today and for the up and coming youngsters.
Without the fans, parents and volunteers, this program could not succeed. Our goal is to have our fans feel like they are part of our program and include them on the current affairs of the team.
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