VAIL, Colorado - Triumph partner Steve Virostek recently announced the company's $10,000 sponsorship of U.S. Freestyle Ski Team member and local resident Heidi Kloser.
Kloser's rise through the freestyle ranks started at the young age of 7, when she entered her first mogul competition and won the girls' 14 and under division at the Mogul Mania event in Beaver Creek. Over the years, she continued to earn the respect of peers and coaches who credit not only her physical talent but also her mental toughness and determination as key factors in her ability to progress.
She was named to the US Freestyle Ski Team in 2009 and just four months later named 2010 World Cup Rookie of the Year. A sixth-place finish in the first World Cup competition of the season, when she felt she didn't even ski to her potential, only increases Kloser's and her coaches and parents' confidence that she has what it takes to be an A-Team member and regular podium finisher.
Competing on the U.S. Ski Team also comes with financial underwriting challenges that can run well over $20,000 per year in U.S. Ski Team travel and training expenses alone, not factoring in equipment, clothing and all the other ancillary expenses associated with being a competitive athlete.
"We've always made the commitment to our kids that we would do our best to support them at whatever level they wanted to pursue, but it does come with its financial challenges, particularly at Heidi's level," said Mike Kloser, her father. "To have someone like Triumph come in and express their support - and confidence - in Heidi is an honor and benefit that we all believe will help Heidi advance to the next level."
With sights on upcoming World Championships and World Cups as well as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the training and financial demands will only increase.
"I've known Mike and Emily for years and have the greatest respect for them as athletes and parents," said Virostek. "Heidi has demonstrated the talent and ability to make a name for herself and help perpetuate Vail's reputation as a World Class ski resort and training ground for future athletes, all of which are part of Triumph's philosophy and mission. It was a natural association for us," Virostek added.
Founded in 2002 by partners Steve Virostek and James Fangmeyer, Triumph has offices in Vail and Bethesda, Md. For more information on the firm and its portfolio of projects and services, visit www.triumphdev.com or call 301-657-1112.