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. 

Will Ring, 14, Cross Country Prep

Early this winter, Will started to experience wrist pain. Advised to refrain from using his arm for the foreseeable future, Will was undeterred. His injury has lingered the entire season; despite this, he has continuously showed up to training, always with a genuine grin and always with a positive outlook.

Cross country skiing in and of itself is challenging; take out the functionality of an entire arm, and that challenge naturally increases. Never once has Will voiced a complaint about his predicament, nor has he tried to get out of a workout because of it. We have been constantly impressed by his ability to stay engaged, to challenge himself, and to hold himself to a high standard, despite an inherently frustrating situation.

Last weekend, Will opted to compete at the Intermountain Youth Championships, held in Jackson as the culmination of the race season. As a U16, he competed in all three events, which included two 5km races. We’re really proud of Will’s hard work this year, as well as his great attitude. We really enjoy having him on the team.  Julia Seyferth

Cross Country Prep Coach

Gyzzelle Monjaras, 9, Rota-Rippers

We are happy to be able to chose one of our South Valley Rota-Rippers as Athlete of the Week! Nine year old Gyzzelle Monjaras embodies what this award is all about.

At the beginning of the Rota-Rippers program, she could barely ski, having a hard time getting off the lift and making it down from tower two on Rotarun. But Gyzzelle was so determined to learn, had such incredible enthusiasm, and put forth so much effort, that she can now ski powder like a little champ!

What really sets her apart from the rest are her huge smile, new-found love of skiing, willingness to try anything, kindness to her teammates, and incredible persistence. She came to team come rain or shine, never once went inside, and even worked through a twisted ankle in some scary white-out conditions.

Her attitude and hard work and the little words, “can we please ski some more powder” made coaching her a truly fun experience!

We hope to see you on our Badly Devo Team, Gyzzelle! Susanne Connor

Rota-Rippers Coach

Savanna McDonald, 9, Alpine Mini World Cup

Savanna shows up to team every day with the best attitude. She is engaged, kind to her teammates and coaches and loves to ski! Mini World Cup trained at Dollar last week and Savanna came straight from soccer practice in all her gear (and rad, sparkly boots). After a quick change she was ready to go and worked hard to gain some speed in our Super G course. We love having Savanna on Mini World Cup and think she is very deserving of this award. Tor Jensen

Mini World Cup Head Coach