U.S. Ski and Snowboard Balls Celebrate 2002 Olympic Success Come Swing with America’s Most Successful Olympic Team

Park City, UT (Sept. 9) — Before you put on your snow boots this season, try on your dancing shoes and join the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation as they celebrate America’s most successful Winter Olympics team at the annual Ski and Snowboard Balls in six major cities – San Francisco (Oct. 4), Boston (Oct. 11), Chicago (Nov. 1), New York (Nov. 14), Salt Lake City (Jan. 24) and Denver (Jan. 10).

“We set a goal several years ago to win 10 Olympic medals in Salt Lake City and we did it,” said Janine Alfano, senior director of development for the Foundation. “That’s the most Olympic medals ever in skiing and snowboarding, and we want to celebrate with the fans and donors who helped make that goal a reality.”

Ski fans will have the opportunity to meet several 2002 Olympic medalists, including snowboarding gold medalist Kelly Clark (Mount Snow, VT; halfpipe), silver medalists Bode Miller (Franconia, NH; alpine combined and giant slalom), Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, CA; moguls), Joe Pack (Park City, UT; aerials) and snowboarding bronze medalist Chris Klug (Aspen, CO’ parallel GS). In addition, greats such as Picabo Street (Park City, UT; ’98 super G gold and ’94 downhill silver), Jonny Moseley (Tiburon, CA; ’98 moguls gold) and the Mahre twins , Phil (Yakima, WA; ’84 slalom gold and ’80 SL silver) and Steve (also Yakima; ’84 SL silver), to name a few. All will be attending Ski Balls accompanied by rising U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team athletes.

“The Balls provide a great opportunity to bring together America’s best athletes with the people who support them,” said Alfano. “Together with the local networks of volunteers and sponsors we create an entertaining and enjoyable evening not to be missed.”

Each Ball will have a flavor of its own including live entertainment like the Bill Polack Orchestra, a daredevil, indoor trampoline show by Flying Ace Productions starring freestyle skiing greats Trace Worthington (Park City, UT) and Fuzz Feddersen (Steamboat Springs, CO), or guest appearances by celebrity fans.

For more information about attending the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Balls or how you can support the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, contact Darcy Yates at 800.809.SNOW or 435.647.2081, or via email at dyates@ussa.org.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation is the non-profit, fund raising arm of the Teams. It was incorporated in 1964 as the 501(c) 3 organization to raise money to support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team receives no federal funding or subsidy moneys and operates solely through the private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Over the past 30 years the Ski and Snowboard Balls have helped raise money to support athletes in all sport disciplines governed by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) including alpine, cross country, freestyle, disabled, jumping, nordic combined and snowboarding. The funds support year-round athlete training, development, competition and educational needs.

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee to develop and prepare U.S. athletes for national and international competition, including the Olympic Games. The vision of USSA is to make the USA the best in world in skiing and snowboarding, providing development and elite racing programs.