Mick Dierdorff's Olympic Quest

$15,850 of $30k goal

Raised by 85 people in 42 months
Growing up in Steamboat Springs Colorado has provided me with the amazing opportunity to become a winter sports athlete. I have been competing in Snowboard Cross since I was 10 and have been climbing the ranks ever since. From early childhood, I have admired the flags of Steamboat Olympians in Olympian Hall. My ultimate dream has been to have my name on a flag up there one day and now it is time to put those dreams into reality.


Earning a place on the international stage of Snowboard Cross took a lot of hard work as the US has more World Cup caliber riders than any other nation. After a successful 2012/13 season, I secured my personal spot for the World Cup competitions for the 2013/2014 season. Beating some of the top riders in the world head to head, I know that I have what it takes to earn one of the 4 Olympic spots.

There are 5 World Cup competitions that will be held in Europe and Canada. The results from the first 4 races will determine the top 4 Americans who will represent the USA at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Training for and competing in all of the races next year rings up quite a hefty bill. My coach and I have estimated the costs to be around $30,000 for the upcoming season. This includes: Program and coaching fees, travel, Lodging, and equipment expenses.


With the upcoming season being the most expensive one I've had yet, I am reaching out to friends, family, and acquaintances I've met along the way for help with funding. My amazing parents have been so generous to help me through the years with chasing my competitive ambitions while earning a college education. However, after 7 years of national and international competition, the funds have been depleted.

This summer I am getting in the best shape of my life in preparation for the upcoming season. A weekly regimen of Manic Training, a local endurance and cross training gym, is making me agile, quick, and strong. Mountain biking is my new favorite form of cross training and I ride as much as possible. I am also working for a custom home construction company building a timber frame horse arena, and saving every penny I earn to help reach my goals.

No donation is too small and words can't describe the gratitude I have for your generosity in helping me on my way to the 2014 US Olympic Team. Please share this with your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and help me network with companies and organizations that might be interested in helping me with my Olympic Quest!

Thank you everyone for all the support!
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Update 14
Posted by Mick Dierdorff
35 months ago
I'm almost home from the last two Olympic qualifying events in Andorra. Unfortunately in both races I got taken out in the first heat. That's part of this sport, sometimes the luck just does not line up, and things you can't control end the race early. The Olympics is not in the cards for me this year but it will be in the future. I am staying positive and I am happy to be injury free despite some major crashes. I am so incredibly thankful for all the love and support I have received from family, friends, and my awesome coaches this season. This amazing journey would not be possible without it.

I have been so happy with the way I have been riding this year, all the hard training is paying off. I am looking forward to the rest of the season which consists of X-Games next week and two World Cups in March. I CAN'T WAIT!

Thanks again everyone!
-Mick
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Update 13
Posted by Mick Dierdorff
35 months ago
Qualified 17th today at the World Cup in Andorra, I can't wait for some racing tomorrow!
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Update 12
Posted by Mick Dierdorff
35 months ago
It has been awesome here in Andorra, what a cool place! Training today went great and tomorrow we have Qualifiers. The first race is on Saturday and then on Sunday we have qualifiers and the second race on the same day. The world cup in Veysonnaz, Switzerland which was supposed to be right after Andorra, is cancelled due to lack of snow. The world cups here in Andorra will be the last two Olympic qualifiers and I can't wait to race and earn my spot to Sochi! Thank you so much for all of the support everyone I wouldn't be able to be here without it!

-Mick
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Update 11
Posted by Mick Dierdorff
35 months ago
Here is a GoPro from a training run today at the Lake Louise World Cup. It was super cold today but the course was fun and this place is gorgeous. I'm ready to lay down a solid qualification run tomorrow!
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$15,850 of $30k goal

Raised by 85 people in 42 months
Created May 28, 2013
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Anonymous
42 months ago
VS
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Val stepanchuk
42 months ago

Perseverance breaks resistance

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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Sandy/Scott Anfang
41 months ago
ML
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Matthew Lettunich
42 months ago

More POWER to ya!

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Anonymous
42 months ago
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Anonymous
38 months ago
VP
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Valerie Phillips
42 months ago

Good luck!

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Todd Dierdorff
36 months ago

Mick, Best wishes for the upcoming competitions. Success comes when opportunity and preparedness meet. Clearly, you're prepared. The opportunity is now here. I look forward to watching you compete in the Olympics!!!

MB
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42 months ago
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