As the post-event write up states in the very first sentence, this humble blogger’s hometown “isn’t the first city that comes to mind when one thinks of skiing.”
Nestled within the Mississippi River Valley, St. Louis lies only a mere 400 feet or so above sea level. But apparently the Gateway City has a soft spot for shredding, because St. Louis and Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin came together over the weekend to raise more than $350,000 for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams ahead of the World Championships.
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Well, I’d say that was a successful evening!! So fun to be back in St. Louis for Ron’s annual fundraiser/party. We ended up raising $370,000 (even though the check says $350k) for the athletes of the US Ski and Snowboard teams! Huge shout out to the awesome people of St. Louis for their support and especially to Ron for everything he does for us and hosting such an epic event every year! Also fun to meet new member of @usskiteam @ainsley_proffit- welcome to the team Ainsley👋 see ya on the slopes! ⛷💨💨 #ThankYou #DancedMyBootayOff #SweetCaroline • • • ( 📸 @westrichphotography )
Locals and I still consider myself one, know the Midwestern city for great food, an established and ever-expanding roster of microbreweries, and plentiful live music. But they’re also painfully aware of the city’s flagging reputation nationally. Some of us are painfully aware of how vertically challenged the terrain is, too.
So when the community comes together, kicks in for a good cause and earns congratulations from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard teams, it’s more of an occasion for pride than some realize.
So St. Louis, allow me to raise a 4 Hands City Wide in honor of your contribution to this great sport.
Find the entire release here: Shiffrin and Proffit Combine Forces to Raise over $350K