From Dream, To Reality
You might have seen me on this site a couple of times already. If you're familiar with my story, thank you for following along and sharing in my triumphs and disappointments. If you don't know me, here's a bit about me:
I am a ski racer, been one since I was six years old after learning how to ski when I was two. It's funny to look back and imagine my 6 year-old self crying in the morning because I didn't want to go skiing again, always returning after a day on the mountain having to admit to my parents that I really did have fun. Growing up in Vail, Colorado, the mountains are just minutes away and seemingly endless. We used to pretend to get lost so we could go ski our favorite runs.
Prior to this season I had been on the US Ski Team for a number of years. At the end of last season I wasn’t re-selected to the team despite having won the NorAm Super G title and having a World Cup start in every Super G this coming season. That title, and a few confidence boosting WC races at the end of last season have me as determined as ever to reach my ski racing goals!
Things will be a little different going forward though as I’ll be racing independent of the Ski Team (with WC race support from them). Few have attempted it before; even fewer have succeeded, but after the most productive summer of my career I feel it’s very much achievable! Already this summer I’ve gotten stronger than ever, had my best summer training on snow, and I am having a blast doing it!
What I Need
This season is going to be the most expensive yet. With no financial support from the Ski Team I have to fund everything myself, and after discussion with other athletes, coaches, and my parents, we’ve come up with a budget of about $100,000. That's a huge number and it's very scary, but with your help this number will greatly decrease, and with it so will my stress.
I hope you will help me along my road to reality (AKA my dreams). If you want to know more about me, feel free to check out my website: www.abbyghent.com and if you have any questions, leave a comment there or shoot me an email.
- 5 year US Ski Team Member
- 3 Time World Junior Ski Team Member
- 6th place World Junior Championship Super-G
- 2015 Overall NorAm Super-G Champion
- 2014 Overall NorAm Super-G Champion
- 2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Ranking
- 2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Downhill
- 2nd place 2012 Overall NorAm Super-G
- 3rd place 2012 Overall NorAm Giant Slalom
- My family is a huge part of this season. My dad will be traveling as my coach, and before you roll your eyes and say "Great... another crazy parent coaching their kid" we are prepared for people to think that. It's the cheapest way, and the best part about it is he knows me better than anyone. He coached the US team back in the 80's so he knows his stuff. There is really no one better for the job.
- John Cole my amazing trainer who is taking the time to get in my face and make me work like I've never worked before.
- The SSCV team of coaches and staff. They've always had my back and this year is no different. I'm excited to be able to work with some of the amazing coaches & servicemen there.
- My boyfriend Dustin Cook. ;) He's my agent, assistant, coach, boyfriend, best friend, the list goes on. And on top of it he's dealing with his own stuff. Check him out! www.dustincook.ca
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
- Do anything and everything to spread this! Facebook, twitter, insta, word of mouth, etc. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I've been chosen to participate in a support program through the World Cup Dreams Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit. All contributions to my campaign will be through World Cup Dreams and will be eligible as tax deductible. Upon contributing, you will receive a payment confirmation with tax receipt information.
Select A Support Level
$25This covers a first checked bag fee.A shout out on social media.
$100One checked ski bagA shout out and a signed postcard of me.
$250One week rental vanShout out, postcard, and a Team Abby Ghent t-shirt!
$5003 Days Lodging and Lane SpaceShout out, postcard, Team Abby Ghent t-shirt, and a Bedgear Pillow
$1,000A majority of a round trip flight to EuropeShout out, postcard, t-shirt, and Sync Team Abby Ghent backpack!
$2,000Jacket PatchShout out, postcard, t-shirt, and a unique, personalized patch to go on my jacket for everyone to see!