Oh What A Night At The USANA Center of Excellence
This year would have marked the 54th annual New York Gold Medal Gala and is the first time in the organization’s history that its marquee event was not hosted in person. Due to the ongoing global pandemic, U.S. Ski & Snowboard has shifted all fundraising efforts to virtual experiences and reimagined this year’s Gala as a live, virtual broadcast. On Thursday, Nov. 19, Olympic Champion and freestyle personality Jonny Moseley and X Games Gold Medalist Maggie Voisin hosted A Night At the USANA Center of Excellence.
Going virtual had its benefits as all ski and snowboard fans were invited to attend. Guests were treated to entertainment, antics, a behind-the-scenes look at what training is like for Olympic hopefuls, as well as a special appearance from two-time Olympic Champion Mikaela Shiffrin, all from the comfort of their own couches.
The fun isn’t over as the online auction is open until Monday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. MST/ 12 p.m. There is time to still bid on exclusive team gear and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as a ski day with American actor and racecar driver Patrick Dempsey and Olympic Champion Hannah Kearney. New items have been added since the broadcast, including current U.S. Ski Team apparel.
“Although we were unable to kick off the season in New York City this year, A Night At The USANA Center of Excellence was an incredible success and a testament to how we have become a more nimble community in the face of uncertainty” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “I am humbled and amazed at the generosity of our supporters, especially during these difficult times. We couldn’t do what we do without them and we are so grateful for their support. The funds raised will have a direct impact on our athletes and their access to coaching, competition and training camps in this crucial season in the lead up to Beijing 2022.”