Mara's Olympic Ski Dream

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Raised by 92 people in 42 months
Mara White
on behalf of Dick White
 TAHOMA, CA
My name is Mara White, I’m 16 and I have a dream.  I dream of flying down mountains chased by other skiers, I dream of launching off jumps shoulder to shoulder and I dream of being the fastest and standing on the podium.  My goal is to ultimately make it to the US Ski Team  and ski in the Olmpics someday.       
 If you want to know what ski cross is,(click the video below), think motocross on skis, with 4-6 skiers at a time on the course, with jumps and banked turns at 40+ miles an hour.  

Yes it’s scary sometimes and there is a little rollerderby, but for me it’s the most exciting kind of racing there is.  Ski cross was also one of the top rated televised race events at the 2014 Olympics at Sochi.   It’s going to be a challenging journey to get there and I and my family are looking for your support.  While I’ve been skiing my entire life, I’ve been racing ski cross for just three years and have made it to the podium every race I entered. My first year, I was invited to go to USASA National Championships, but 2 weeks before the races I was injured, suffering  a severe concussion ending my season.   After recovering I didn’t give up and the next season finished ranked first and won the USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain Colorado.    This year, after some great races at Tahoe and at the RevTour in Colorado, I again finished the season ranked first but due to a collision in the final heat at the Nationals and I placed third.  That’s ski cross for you.



 May 2016 Goals reached and 15-16 Season wrap-up:
Project Gold training and racing in Argentina. Competed at the NorAm level against World Cup racers.
15-16 Results:
NorAm Cup - Overall in North America 1st
US Nationals - 1st.
Hole Shot Tour - 1st Over all
RevTour - 1st Over all

I also had the great experience to compete on against some of the top ski cross women in the world in Val Thorens France in the Junior Worlds and French Nationals.    

This Summer To get ready for the coming ski season I’m mountain biking, paddle boarding, swimming, trail running and working out at the gym in our beautiful Tahoe area.

School next Fall I'll be a senior at North Tahoe High School in the Ski Academy program which allows athletes the flexibility to compete and train.   I’ve been on the honor roll every semester, even with a busy race schedule.  Along with taking all Advance Placement classes, I will be taking classes online and at Sierra College this fall to free up more time for skiing this coming winter.  I also race for the high school ski team, play soccer and lacrosse. 

Next Winter:  My family and I will be traveling to Germany for my Grand Fathers 100th birthday and also hitting my 1st EuroCup and World Cup races.  



To help me reach my goals and help pay for my training and hectic race schedule: my family is moving into moved  our 19’ camper for the summer and is renting our home as a vacation rental ; we will be holding some yard sales, and maybe even an October fest in the in the garden at Tahoma Meadows B&B next Fall.  
I'm also helping my parent’s at the Inn with everything from cooking, cleaning and painting.  

Even with all this as you know, ski racing is very expensive  and I hope for your support.   Every little snowflake adds up to a big mountain covered with snow.   

Thank you so much from the bottom of my skis.     
    - Mara White


PS:  I’d like to thank: my Mom and Dad (my ski/wax tech), owners and Innkeepers at Tahoma Meadows B&B , for their patience; my little brother Sven for hanging in with me (he is also a nationally ranked ski cross racer); my grandparents in Germany, Omi and Opa for helping pay for travel and team expenses; My Nana for editorial support;  Squaw Valley for believing in me and sponsoring me for the last 2 years (this is huge);   Head Skis because they make me go fast; Race-Werks /Sun Valley Ski Tools  
cause they make my skis even faster!     Outdoor Tech – keeping my tunes alive; my school and teachers for allowing me time off to train and race; Dave’s ski shop for loaning me race skis when, during my 1st year,  the only pair I had broke; West Shore Sports for believing in me from the beginning;   and finally my coach Mort Nyberg from the Squaw Valley Ski Cross Team , for believing in me and motivating me to win.  

Find me at:
Facebook-Mara White 
www.SkiMaraSki.com (under construction). 


Mara White
c/o - Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages
POB 234
Tahoma CA 96142
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My recovery is going great. My back is healing up. Last week I was cleared for some light PT and workouts. I'm hoping with the long ski season we have to be back on skis before the season ends this year. Right now i'm working on deciding which college to start next fall. Good and bad, I got into almost every school I applied to and they all made me really good scholarship offers. UCDavis, UCSanta Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UN Reno, U Utah, Sierra Nevada College and Westminster in Salt Lake. It will be a tough decision that will effect my education and my ski career. My considerations? Education 1st. I'm hoping to get a degree in Environmental Science/Engineering. Send me good thoughts and any of yours on the schools I listed. Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me here and my sponsors: @racewerks, @sun valley ski tools, @squaw valley/Alpine meadows, @Tahomameadows @bearcavecellars.
Last fall in the Eastern Sierra
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I just got my invite to the Junior World Ski Cross Championships in Valmalenco Italy. Unfortunately the Docs won't clear me to ski in time this year. I'm concentrating on school and college acceptance for next year and trying to heal from my back injury at Sunday River. So far I've been accepted at the following schools, UCDavis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Utah, UNR (Reno), Sierra Nevada College & Westminster. All of which have offered me some great academic scholarships. It's going to be a tough decision.
Junior Worlds in Val Thorens France 2016
Beach time while I recover
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Back from Europe. What a great opportunity. We all had a blast. Mara finished middle of the pack racing against some of the best in the world. Next week she's off to Canada for a couple of races, then back to the US for the Grand Prix in Solitude Utah. I'll be driving out with her and the team for that one. The Grand Prix is on the 20th, so if you're in the area come watch. Dick, aka Dad the ski tech. Thanks again for everyone's support
Mara and Sven in Pitztal Austria
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Starting to pack for Pitztal Austria and my first Euro Cup races. I'm excited to be training with some new kids and an international team while I'm there. Wish me luck. Mara
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Sarah Goodell
41 months ago
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Hi Mara $ is tight for me right now but know that im thinking of you and praying for you yo reach your dreams hope to see you on my tv screen in 2018

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John Calvert
27 months ago

Oh. And awesome job! I hope to see you in the x-games too!

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John Calvert
27 months ago

for this coming season should we donate here or will you start a new page?

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John Calvert
21 months ago

All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. - Walt Disney

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John Calvert
22 months ago

Keep it up! Good luck in your upcoming races.

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Skip and Barbro Filliquist
23 months ago

We are hope to see you compete in Italy this spring!!

JD
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julie daigle
27 months ago

Wishing you all the success with following your dreams to compete in the Olympics.

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Rob Weston
27 months ago

Send it!!

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Andrew Ryback
30 months ago

I met your Mom at a Kiwanis fundraiser and she told me about your Olympic dream. Best wishes!

Sarah Goodell
41 months ago
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Hi Mara $ is tight for me right now but know that im thinking of you and praying for you yo reach your dreams hope to see you on my tv screen in 2018

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John Calvert
27 months ago

Oh. And awesome job! I hope to see you in the x-games too!

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John Calvert
27 months ago

for this coming season should we donate here or will you start a new page?

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