Dara Howell, Jan Hudec, Mac Marcoux, and Mark McMorris are among Canada’s Olympic and Paralympic medal-winning skiers and snowboarders, earning an extra $5,500 in training funds thanks to an endowment offered by the Canadian Ski Council (CSC).
As part of its Making Winter Winners program, the CSC pledged $121,000 in funding to Canadian snow sports athletes who medaled at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
The funds have been divided among 20 skiers and snowboarders ($5,500 each, plus 2 guides) who won Gold, Silver, or Bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals in sports designated as Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) disciplines. Athletes benefitting from the funds also include women’s mogul Gold medalist Justine Dufour-Lapointe, women’s snowboard cross Silver medalist Dominique Maltais, men’s ski halfpipe silver medalist Mike Riddle, women’s ski cross Silver medalist Kelsey Serwa, and triple-Gold Paralympic men’s cross-country ski medalist Brian McKeever.
“Canada is so proud of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic medalists,” says Patrick Arkeveld, President and CEO of the CSC. “The ski and snowboard industry knows how incredibly hard these athletes worked to reach those podiums and how determined they are to reach future podiums—we hope that in some small way these additional funds will help them in continuing to achieve their dreams.”
Making Winter Winners is a fundraising program created by the CSC, the CSA, and CSC member associations to assist amateur skiers and snowboarders on the road to competing at national and international levels. This year’s $121,000 Olympic endowment has been made possible, in part, through donations by participants in the CSC’s skier and snowboarder development programs, as well as from donations by participating ski areas and ski area operator associations.
For a full list of MWW award recipients, please visit: http://www.skicanada.org/making-winter-winners/