MY JOURNEY, MY GOAL
My name is Alex Tuttle and I am from a small town (population 685) in the mountains of Western Maine in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain. My sport is snowboard cross or commonly known as boardercross or SBX. Since my journey in this sport began I have had the goal of representing my country at a Winter Olympic Games. This possibility has finally become a reality and this winter I will have the opportunity to compete for a spot on Team USA. Each season I carefully layout a budget that I work towards and this season I estimate the cost of my olympic pursuit to be roughly $20,000 in addition to all of my current resources.
My goal of being a part of the Olympics is the culmination of everything that I have worked towards for as long as I can remember. All of mine and my families resources have been put into this dream that I told my parents I had as a bright eyed 10 year old. My local community has supported me and I would love to be able to bring pride to the area. Furthermore, I'd love for the kids that I coach to see the result of an ordinary person that was always willing to go above and beyond in the pursuit of his dreams.
I started snowboarding at the age of 10 and was instantly hooked on going fast. When I was 13 my parents gave me the green light to try boardercross and I had one goal in mind since I crosssed the line at my first race; I wanted to go to the Olympics. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the local ski academy (Carrabassett Valley Academy) during the winter months. It was motivating to walk the same halls that Olympic medalists Bode Miller and Seth Wescott had walked years before me. I slowly worked my way through the ranks all the way to the World Cup circuit where I have shown I have what it takes to compete with the best in the world. With a 2nd place finish in the spring of 2012 in Valmalenco, Italy and multiple top 15 finishes my focus is zeroed in on returning to the podium and towards an Olympic berth. I have found joy in what I do from the pure serenity that I feel when I am on the hill riding. There is no other place on Earth that I am able to have so mch going on around me but only hear my own breathing. Its my place of peace.
WHAT I NEED TO RAISE
I am seeking $15,000 to go towards my equipment, training and competition expenses. In our sport it is very difficult to secure a board sponsor and for this reason the charge of a single race board is in the neighborhood of $1,000. Beyond this, I estimate the cost of training trips to total roughly $6,500 which would be a trip to New Zealand at the end of September and an early trip to Austria before the season opener. I forsee the remainder being for the travel to the rest of the World Cup events and any other unforseeable expenses that may arise (travel changes, baggage fees, etc.).
SUCCESSES IN SPORT
Some of the results that I have to date in SBX are:
Junior World Championship, Team USA in 2009, 2010 (3rd, 4th)
2nd at Valmalenco, Italy World Cup
3rd at 2013 US Nationals
5 World Cup top 12 finishes
I am also an avid volunteer coach at CVA and the local weekend program. This is where it all comes together, passing on the passion that I have for snowboarding.
I am proud to be a member of the US Snowboard Team and receive the support that I need from my coaches (Peter Foley and Jeff Archibald) and physical training staff. When I am at home I constantly tune my fundamentals with Mike Mallon and his team at CVA. This journey has been arduous up to this point and I couldn't do it without the support of my family, friends, and community. I would also like to thank the Eye Center of Central Maine for helping to keep my sight sharp while I'm on the slopes.
I would be more than happy to answer any more of your questions, learn more about you, or just have a chat. Feel free to reach out to me. Even encouraging words are a wonderful form of support. Thank you!
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