My name is Kieffer Christianson, I am an alpine ski racer from Alaska. My goal this season is to break onto the World Cup circuit this winter and race in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. As a member of the World Cup Tech team I have been asked to cover all of my own expenses, estimated to be $25,000 for the year. To reach my goal of covering my expenses I am seeking support from friends and supporters. Please check out my rally, and my SWAG options and consider joing my support team!
Journey To The World Cup
Last season I enjoyed a successful season skiing on the North-American Cup circuit. I finished 3rd in the Giant Slalom standings, and was the top American. My goal this season is to make the big leap to competing on the World Cup circuit. The World Cup is comprised of the very best skiers and offers the most treacherous race courses found anywhere in the World. I have been pursuing excellence ever since I began to prioritize ski racing at a young age. I have enjoyed success at every level of racing thus far, and the World Cup is the next big step I seek to challenge myself with. I strive to succeed and overcome the challenges set forth by myself, and also hope that my success can encourage young racers from Alaska, and from all over the country to succeed at whatever task they apply themselves to through optimism applied to hard work and dedication.
Skiing From The Start
My two older brothers were already ski racing by the time I was born. I started skiing at age two and racing at age six. I still remember crying my eyes out on the first day I started in the Mighty Mites race program at Alyeska. My fear of the older kids and coaches quickly dissapeared as I realized I could go as fast I wanted without my parents knowing about it. Ski racing quickly became the thing I cared out about most about in life and I haven't looked back since. Ski racing has been an outlet that has taught me the direct relationship between hard work and success, and showed me parts of the world I could never have imagined seeing otherwise.
I am excited to pursue my goal of breaking onto the World Cup this season, but like all aspects of the sport, it comes with challenges. My coaches and teammates help me work harder, get stronger, and ski faster. However, that is not enough to succeed. Although the U.S. Team is investing $100-120k into my season I am responsible to for covering my expenses, estimated to be $25,000 this season. This includes my housing, airfare (and excess baggage fees), food, and all other living expenses on the road. I am seeking support for my season through this Rally, any amount of support will be greatly appreciated.
TAX EXEMPT FYI -
I am working with Burke Mountain Academy (where I went for two years) to help my Rally. To receive tax exempt donations you may send a check written out to "Burke Mountain Academy" (it is important that my name NOT be written on the check) and sent to. Your contribution will be added to my Rally Total and if you want, we will add your name as a Booster on my Rally:
Burke Mountain Academy
60 Alpine Lane
East Burke, VT 05832
Donations with a credit card can be made directly through the paypal option and will go directly to me, but will not qualify as a tax exempt donation.
Building My Support Team
Ski Racing is an individual sport, but no one can be successful for very long without the support of literally hundreds of people. I want to thank the Alyeska Might Mites, Alyeska Ski Club, Iced Out Racing, Burke Mountain Academy, Dartmouth Ski Team, and the U.S. Ski Team and the dozens of people and coaches in those organizations for helping me get this far. These organizations have helped develop me as a ski racer and get me to where I am today, but I would never have started if it weren't for my parents and family helping support me along the way. I hope that after this Rally is over my support team will be built even larger as I continue to work towards my goals.
Spread The Word
Regardless of any financial suppor please feel free to spread the word and share this link with anyone who may be interested via Facebook, Twitter, email, or good old fashion word of mouth.
-1st Place at Vail North-American Cup Race 1/31-Giant Slalom
-3rd Place in North American Cup Standings-Giant Slalom (Top American)
-4th Place at U.S. Nationals 3/21-Giant Slalom (Top Junior)
-2nd Place at Sesteriere, Italy 1/15-Giant Slalom
-Ranked 4th in the World for my YOB coming into 2013-2014 season.
-9th place at World Junior Championships, Roccarosa, Italy-Giant Slalom (Top American)
-1st place at Topolino and Whistler Cup (Two primary World Championships for 14 year olds)
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