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Nordic team stretches limited budget

Steamboat skiers seek donations to support travel, expenses

Luke Graham

— Kerry Lynch always has had a vision of helping a team compete at the highest level.

So when the former Nordic combined skier looked at this year’s U.S. Nordic Combined team – from the top level down to the bottom – he realized more funding is needed to keep the team performing at a peak level.

“We’re trying to raise money to do a lot of different stuff,” Lynch said. “Our primary goal is to fund programs at the grassroots level all the way to the top. We’re trying to do this, raise the bar and give the guys what they need.”

As the director of fundraising for the U.S. Nordic Combined Annual Support Campaign, Lynch is looking for donations on the local, regional and national levels.

He said while the top guys on the World Cup A team – Bill Demong, Johnny Spillane and Eric Camerota – are fairly well supported, it’s the rising stars on the World Cup B team, on down to junior and youth programs, who need the most money.

“The gap is down in the B circuit,” Lynch said. “It’s hard to keep a team of eight guys, which is critical to the development of the sport. We’re trying to pay for those guys to stay on the circuit.”

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Lynch said fundraising helps supplement the budget so the U.S. team is competitive at the top and ensures the development of younger athletes.

How to help

Donations to the U.S. Nordic Combined program can be made on the Web at http://www.usnoco.com. Click the “Give Now” link and follow the instructions.

Donations also can be made by mailing a check to the Nordic Combined Ski Team, c/o of the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, P.O. Box 881869, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80488.

Donations are due by March 1 and all are tax deductible.

Fundraising director Kerry Lynch said the March 1 date helps the organization assess its funds before coaches can coordinate summer training.