The Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund is at 98% of its fundraising goal — nearing $3 million raised to help U.S. Ski & Snowboard athletes across all disciplines continue to maintain a competitive edge during the uncertainty of COVID-19.
With over 180 athletes across disciplines, many paying mostly their own way, the Jeff Shiffrin Athlete Resiliency Fund aims to “keep the flame alive” ahead of the Beijing 2022 Olympics. Donations go from $25 to $1,000 and go toward things like travel, meals, college tuition grants, rehab sessions and more.
“To me, resiliency is the ability to experience something really difficult — hardship, pain, struggle — to experience that, and to get to the other side of it, holding on to some form of strength or purpose,” Edwards resident Mikaela Shiffrin shares on the fundraising page. “And it doesn’t mean you were the same person that you were before … but you keep that strength, you keep that toughness or that determination you had before.”
As part of the Jeff Shiffrin Resiliency Fund, Mikaela asked fellow racers to share their motivational stories by asking “What does resiliency mean to you?”
Three-time World Cup champion Steven Nyman answered: “Resiliency to me is fortitude. It’s having a belief in something and continuing to fight for that and push for that and knowing that it’s possible. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my career. I’ve had a lot of injuries, a lot of setbacks — mental and physical — and in my heart, the entire time, I’ve known that it’s possible and I’ve known that I can be one of the best in the world.”
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