KILLINGTON, Vermont ??вЂќ Donna Weinbrecht, the 1992 Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Moguls, returns home to celebrate U.S. Ski Team day at Killington Resort and to honor what is arguably the strongest U.S. Olympic Ski Team ever for U.S. Ski Team Day on Friday, Feb. 10.
Killington Resort and Pico Mountain are partnering with more than 80 resorts across the country in donating $1 from every lift ticket sold on Feb. 10 to the U.S. Ski Team. In addition Killington will open the K-1 Gondola at 8 a.m. on Friday Feb. 10 for “First Tracks with Donna Weinbrecht” to everyone with a valid lift ticket for the day or season pass. In addition to donating $1 for every ticket sold, guests for “First Tracks” will be asked to donate $1 for each trip up the K-1 Gondola between 8 and 9 a.m. to benefit the U.S. Ski Team. Everyone who makes a donation will also receive a commemorative U.S. Ski Team “Best in the World” pin. In addition, “First Tracks” participants will have an opportunity to ride the K-1 Gondola and numerous photo opportunities with Weinbrecht.
“This is the first Olympics since 1992 when I took home the first gold medal that I am able to be home here in Killington where I got my start in mogul skiing,” Weinbrecht said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to celebrate the Olympic spirit here in Killington and support the next generation of Olympic athletes.”
U.S. Ski Team Day coincides with the kick off of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games, set to begin Saturday, Feb. 11 in Torino, Italy and Killington’s hosting of the 2006 Sprint U.S. Freestyle Championships March 23-26, which will serve as a homecoming for Olympic athletes competing in their first U.S. post-Olympic event.
“I’m excited about the enthusiasm for U.S. Ski Team Day,” said Bill Marolt, President/CEO of the U.S. Ski Team and a former Olympian himself. “We are thankful for Killington Resort’s support. U.S. Ski Team Day will provide an outstanding opportunity for skiers to celebrate our sport during the Olympic period, and to help the athletes of the U.S. Ski Team to be ???Best in the World’ in 2006.”