Members of the National Ski Team put blood sweat and tears into the efforts of skiing in the World Cup or representing our country at the Olympics, but it doesn’t come without a struggle to fund their athletic endeavors.
Ski Team members who are below the A-Team level are required to pay for their own travel expenses which can range from $15,000-$35,000 dollars per year. Each year athletes reach out to supporters asking for financial assistance in funding their seasons. This year they decided to do something a little different.
The athletes, along with a team of photographers, have come together to produce a nude calendar. While they are not the first to do this, the team was excited to show how they utilize their bodies and their strength to excel in their sport.
Alice McKennis Shot by: Julie Shipman
“I hope the public can appreciate the hard work we have put into it and what we do with our bodies for our sport,” team member Alice McKennis commented, “The idea of the body calendar was a unique way for us to put ourselves out there. Typically when trying to fundraise you are just asking supporters for funding. Now we are giving something tangible back to our supporters to remind them of all the efforts are putting forth.”
Ryan Cochran-Siegle shot by Mike Schirf
Athletes hope that their supporters will find it as interesting as they did to get an “Under the Suit” look at their bodies. “You can see the individual muscles firing, and the strength that is involved in ski racing is typically covered up. It is a very interesting perspective,” B-Team member, Bryce Bennett, commented on the finished product.
The 12-month calendar costs $60 and can be purchased three different options, including the option of having your copy signed by Ted Ligety, who makes an appearance in the calendar. Each purchase is tax deductible and will be received by the World Cup Dreams non-profit foundation to ensure that all support will go directly to unfunded ski team athletes’ costs.
Bryce Bennet shot by Jonathan Selkowitz