SVSEF provides ski and snowboard programming to nearly 700 athletes in the Wood River Valley. Athlete of the Week is an opportunity to highlight individuals who embody the values championed by this organization; sportsmanship, citizenship, character, teamwork, creativity, passion and perseverance.
Tucker Smith, 11, Cross Country Prep (and Alpine North Series)
Tucker is an incredibly committed and hard-working individual. He takes advantage of every opportunity given to him, and he never holds back. With two older sisters who have seen success competitively in cross country skiing, Tucker is able to recognize the advantage of being so close to this (he’ll ski behind Sammy in intervals and really push himself). At the same time, he remains supportive of their endeavors. Tucker gets along with everyone and is a great teammate. His drive, motivation and good nature are apparent to us and also to the coaches of the North Series team (Tucker is a two-sport SVSEF athlete).Kelley Sinnott
Octavio Hurtado, 9, Baldy Devo
Emily Wright, 11, Alpine North Series
Addie Rafford, 17, Big Mountain
Addie stepped up to tackle her long term goal of landing her first backflip. On the Targhee training trip she took the time to reshape the jump, visualize herself succeeding, then sent it executing a perfect flip to her feet. We were all proud of her bravery and determination.Amy David