Tuesday, 10 September 2013 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
My name is Chris Steinke and I am an alpine ski racer from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This is my first season with the Canadian Alpine Ski Team.
It all started when I was 2 years old, learning to love skiing at Vorlage in the Gatineau Hills. After 5 great years learning at Vorlage, I moved to the race program at Camp Fortune, where I learned and grew for the next 7 years. For my first year as a Junior, I had an awesome season with the Mont Ste. Marie Junior Ski Team. From there I raced the next three years with the regional NCO FIS Ski Team. For the last two years, I was a member of the Quebec Provincial Ski Team.
As I have grown up in the world of ski racing, it has become abundantly clear to me that it takes an entire community to make a successful ski racer. Parents, family, coaches, clubs, volunteers, trainers, … the list is long! There is an African proverb that says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Without the help and support of my community, I would not be where I am today.
As I stand at the start of the next exciting chapter in my journey as a ski racer, I realize that I must reach out for support from my larger ski racing community. My Canadian Alpine Ski Team fees are $20,500 this season. Through this MakeAChamp fundraising campaign, I hope to raise $10,250, half my team fees. I am fortunate enough to have someone that will help cover the other half of my team fees. All money raised will go directly to my team fees.
Last season I was the top Canadian slalom skier at World Junior Champs finishing 16th. I am the top ranked Junior slalom skier in Canada as well as the Canadian Junior DH Champion. This season, I look forward to bigger and better performances, both at the World Junior Alpine Ski Championships in Slovakia, and on the NorAm circuit.
The Olympics have always been a huge dream of mine. That dream is now within reach! I plan on proudly representing Canada at the Olympics - perhaps in Sochi, but certainly in Pyeongchang. To continue on my journey to the Olympics, I will need the support of my community! I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been in my life after an incredible summer of dryland training in Calgary. My on snow training in Chile in September has been awesome. I am ready to make my dream a reality.
This is where you come in. I welcome support from anyone and everyone to help me reach my dream. Thank you for your helping me keep my dream alive!