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Kristi Richards raising money for young athletes

Kristi Richards raising money for young athletes

Pemberton mogul skier Kristi Richards has committed to sticking with the national team through to the 2014 Games, and last week raised money to bring some up-and-coming athletes with her.

At a sold-out fundraiser in her hometown of Summerland, Richards raised $11,000 for her Supporting the Dream Fund. That fund provides grants and bursaries to help other Okanagan-based athletes reach their goals. The event also included ski cross athlete Kelsey Serwa and Paralympian Josh Dueck, while bobsledder Justin Kripps - also from Summerland - has also agreed to join the cause.

"These three very accomplished ambassadors will be a great asset in raising the profile of the Supporting the Dream Fund, it's great to have them on board," said Richards.

The fund provided three grants last year. One went to nordic skiing hopeful Adrienne Underhill, who was selected to join the Callaghan Valley Training Centre this winter. Richards plans to give out at least six bursaries over the coming season.

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Skeleton athlete pancake breakfast


The national skeleton team is hosting a meet-and-greet pancake breakfast in Whistler this Saturday, inviting local fans to come out for carbs, photos and a chance to get autographs.

"As a community, Whistler is so excited to have high-performance athletes back in Whistler," said Mayor Ken Melamed in a release. "This event is a great way to connect with athletes, learn about the World Cup and show our continued support to our great Canadian sliding athletes."

The event takes place outside the Whistler Public Library. Breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., and the athletes will be available for photos and autographs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The event, sponsored by the municipality, is a fundraiser for the athletes and organizers are asking for a minimum donation of $2 per person. As well, Whistler Blackcomb has donated a Dave Murray Ski Camp package worth $400, which will be auctioned off to raise money for athletes.

Skeleton athletes are in Whistler for International Training Week, followed by the opening World Cup of the season from Nov. 25 to 27.


Slopestyle added to world championships


The sport of ski slopestyle has been added to the FIS World Championships in 2011, improving that sport's chances of inclusion in the Olympic schedule. The International Olympic Committee is currently reviewing bids to add ski halfpipe and slopestyle for skiers and snowboarders to the program for Sochi, Russia, as well as a variety of other sports.

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