WSJ-USA lands on its feet
Women’s Ski Jumping USA will live to see another day, thanks in large part to Wednesday night’s fundraiser at Resort West’s SKI Magazine Dream Home in Deer Valley.
"We did great," said WSJ-USA president Deedee Corradini, who said the event had reached its goal of raising $50,000 before profits from a silent auction were tallied. "We’re just so excited and thrilled. This will keep us going."
Numerous Olympians, Paralympians and top U.S. women’s ski jumpers were on hand to support the program. Items for sale in the silent auction included a signed ski from Bode Miller, ski passes, a stay at a casino in Las Vegas and an autographed jersey from the U.S. national men’s soccer team. In the live auction, bidders could sponsor individual athletes on the U.S. Team, which includes defending world champion Lindsey Van and a number of Continental Cup top-10 contenders.
Corradini had expressed fears that the U.S. women wouldn’t be able to compete next season without a strong fundraiser, but now feels confident the team will travel to international events starting in August. Yearly expenses for the athletes run about $150,000, she said, and that’s without administrative support. Prior to the fundraiser, coach Kjell Magnusson had two months’ salary deferred.
The financial boost also comes at an important time for the independent team, which saw its funding dropped by the United States Ski and Snowboard Association after the sport’s failed bid for inclusion in the 2010 Olympic Games. February will bring the second-ever women’s competition at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo, Norway, and the women will launch a World Cup tour in the 2011-12 season.
"We can breathe a sigh of relief," Corradini said. "And it was just a great party."
To learn more about Women’s Ski Jumping USA, visit http://www.wsjusa.com.
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