Athletes to Shine Bright in New York City
U.S. Ski & Snowboard will host its annual New York Gold Medal Gala at the Ziegfield Ballroom in New York City, New York, on October 25, 2018. Olympic ski and snowboard stars including Lindsey Vonn, Red Gerard and Jessie Diggins, among many more, will descend on New York City for the event, now in its 52nd year. The New York Gold Medal Gala plays a critical role in raising funds which directly help ski and snowboard athletes achieve their goals of being the Best in the World.
A small number of tickets are still available for what will be the social highlight of the snowsports world, but demand is high so anyone considering attending should click here to purchase. However, even those who cannot make it to the New York Gold Medal Gala can still take part in the event by bidding on some incredible auction items here.
Among the highlights of this year’s Gala live auction is an ultimate VIP experience for four people to attend the 2019 FIS Snowboard Freestyle Freeski World Championships in Park City, Utah. This package includes a sneak-peak behind-the-scenes tour of a competition course, a VIP dining experience at High West Saloon in historic Park City, the use of four Gold Passes for skiing or riding at Deer Valley Resort and/or Park City Mountain and dinner with Kyle Mack, 2018 Winter Olympic Silver Medalist in Big Air Snowboarding, among many others.
“The passionate support from our New York community and everyone who flies in from around the world always makes the New York Gold Medal Gala a festive celebration of our athletes’ journeys to become the Best in the World, “ said U.S. Ski & Snowboard President and CEO Tiger Shaw. “Each year I am astounded and humbled by the generosity of this community. Without support like this, historic Olympic moments such as those we witnessed during the 2018 Winter Games wouldn’t be possible. This year’s Gala will be a culmination of all of that hard work and a chance to look forward to the next four years.”
The New York Gold Medal Gala will raise nearly $2 million for U.S. skiers and snowboarders through the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Foundation – a critical element of funding for the United States’ Olympic national governing body of ski and snowboard sports. The Gala’s storied history began in 1967 as the Ski Ball, which sought to benefit alpine athletes on the U.S. Ski Team. Today the tradition continues as a celebration of all of U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s ski and snowboard athletes, including some of the biggest names in sport. It has become a staple of the New York City social philanthropic scene and provides a grand send-off for athletes before the start of the winter competition season.
This year’s event will be hosted by Gala favorite and Olympic legend Jonny Moseley, gold medalist at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games for moguls skiing. This year’s event chairs are U.S. Ski & Snowboard Foundation trustees David Saunders, John Townsend III and Dani Virtue. The event will be sold out, such is the demand for tickets, and participants will have a chance to celebrate some already iconic moments from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, such as Red Gerard’s gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding and Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggin’s historic gold medal in cross country skiing. The night’s program includes a silent and live auction as well as a spectacular technology and dance fusion performance by iLuminate. Labeled as the “best new act in America” during their run on America’s Got Talent in 2011, attendees of this year’s Gala will see dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits performing a dynamic routine guaranteed to dazzle the crowd.
The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a star-studded White Carpet immediately preceding the official start of the Gala, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. This is a great opportunity to connect with some of the greatest athletes in the world. Athletes confirmed for attendance so far include:
Lindsey Vonn, 2018 and 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2010 Gold Medalist, alpine
Shaun White 2006, 2010, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, halfpipe snowboarding
Jessie Diggins, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, cross country
Red Gerard, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, slopestyle snowboarding
David Wise, 2014 and 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist, halfpipe skiing
Alex Ferreira, 2018 Olympic Silver Medalist, halfpipe skiing
Kyle Mack, 2018 Olympic Silver Medalist, big air snowboarding
Brita Sigourney, 2018 Olympic Bronze Medalist, halfpipe skiing
Casey Andringa, 2018 Olympian, moguls
Mac Bohonnon, 2014 and 2018 Olympian, aerials
Ashley Caldwell, 2012, 2014 and 2018 Olympian, aerials
Annalisa Drew, 2014 and 2018 Olympian, halfpipe skiing
Breezy Johnson, 2018 Olympian, alpine skiing
Tess Johnson, 2018 Olympian, moguls
Jaelin Kauf, 2018 Olympian, moguls
Hagen Kearney, 2018 Olympian, snowboard cross
Alice McKennis, 2018 Olympian, alpine skiing
Kylie McKinnon, 2018 Olympian, aerials
Alice Merryweather, 2018 Olympian, alpine skiing
Brad Wilson, 2014 and 2018 Olympian, moguls
Hannah Kearney, 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2014 Olympic Bronze Medalist, moguls
JJ Thomas, 2002 Olympic Bronze Medalist, halfpipe snowboarding
Based on competition and training schedules, athlete appearances subject to change without notice.
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