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Announcing #WhatMakesAChamp Contest Winners

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
November, 7 2015

Inspired by the official U.S. Ski Team mascot Champ, the Team kicked off a content series asking athletes and fans about the moment they truly felt like a champion. Hundreds responded using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp to try and win a trip to the NASTAR Pacesetting Trials at Copper Mountain to race Olympic champion Ted Ligety.

Ligety sorted through athletes young and old, from the east coast and the west, from new racers to experienced professionals, and here is who he chose...

1) GOLD MEDAL GRAND PRIZE – Auden Pankonin, Hudson, WI – Welch Village

#WhatMakesAChamp #tedligety #usskiteam Auden Pankonin 8 Hudson, Wi - US Ski Team "What makes a Champion"

Posted by Aaron Pankonin on Sunday, October 25, 2015

Auden is the lucky winner of a trip for three to Copper Mountain to race in the NASTAR Pacesetting Trials with Ted Ligety on November 21st, round-trip tickets to Colorado, transportation, two nights lodging in Copper's Center Village, three two-day lift tickets, an official U.S. Ski Team uniform and a VIP swag bag.

2) SILVER MEDAL – Colin Rathbone, Groton, MA – Attitash Race Team
Colin will receive official U.S. Ski Team outerwear from Spyder. Check out his entry below.

3) BRONZE MEDAL – Dasha Romanov, Denver, CO – Loveland Ski Club 
Dasha snagged an official U.S. Ski Team hoodie, t-shirt, and hat.


#WhatMakesAChampWhat makes a champion in my mind? In my mind, a champion is someone who can overcome many physical and...

Posted by Dasha Romanov on Friday, October 23, 2015

Due to U.S. Ski Team athletes’ training schedule and warmer weather in Colorado, the date of the U.S. Ski Team’s annual Nature Valley First Tracks celebration and Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials was pushed from November 6 to November 21. The day of festivities will be hosted by three-time Olympian, U.S. Ski Team alum and NASTAR pacesetter Daron Rahlves and two-time World Champion Chris Davenport.

Schedule of Events:
8:30 a.m.                 Putnam Investments NASTAR Pacesetting Trials
11:00 a.m.               First Tracks Festival
1:30 p.m.                 U.S. Alpine Ski Team Naming
3:00 p.m.                 Athlete Signing Session

Congratulations to all that entered the #WhatMakesAChamp contest!

Share your story throughout the 2015-16 season by telling us what makes YOU a champion on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by using the hashtag #WhatMakesAChamp for a chance to be featured amongst your favorite U.S. Ski Team athletes.