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About Utah: How does one go about raising an Olympian?

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  • Uncle Rico Sandy, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 10:39 a.m.

    Snow sports are elitist sports cost prohibiting for most. Here's how you raise an Olympian.
    1. Have good athletic genes
    2. Live close to good skiing
    3. Have $ and the desire to spend it to develop talent
    4. Have more $

  • Common Cents Lehi, UT
    Feb. 3, 2014 5:12 p.m.

    To Uncle Rico...

    Very true, it requires a lot of money, but don't forget to recognize the fact that many families give all they have (time & money) in order to meet these costs. Not everyone has the latest greatest equipment, etc as was the case w/ me, but that didn't mean I and others couldn't meet their dreams had we had the support. I think Utah has a much better environment for those today who wish to make this dream a reality.

  • svenskis Park City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2014 1:21 a.m.

    Uncle Rico

    Snow sports are an expensive sport but I wouldn't have made it if it weren't for the support of my community. There are plenty of programs out there to support local kids who have dreams. I worked hard and my dreams came true. I made it on one pair of skis a year as a kid, while most kids had multiple.
    *I also have good genes as do a lot of people you just have to work and learn to make the best of them.
    *Another current Olympian Erik Fisher lived in Price, Utah for a couple years and commuted 1.5 hours to ski at Sundance. Again he worked for it and his parents sacrificed for it.
    *We didn't have much money but we found a way to make it work with a lot of support from out local community.
    *.....

    Steven Nyman