Team Gregg 15/16 World Cup Season
’15 World Championship Medalist Caitlin Gregg and her husband Brian Gregg (’14 Olympian) are fundraising for their 15/16 season with the goal of world cup podium performances.
All funds raised in this campaign will go to cover training, travel and racing expenses for Brian and Caitlin.
In February of 2015, Caitlin made history with a bronze medal finish in the FIS World Championship 10 km freestyle in Falun, SWE. Caitlin Gregg and US teammate Jessie Diggins shared the first ever World Championship distance podium by an American woman.
Caitlin’s World Championship performance and top 30 FIS World Ranking qualified her for the US Ski Team B Team. Being a member of the National Team provides numerous racing and training opportunities, however, as a member of the B Team Caitlin is responsible for all of her travel and training costs.
Caitlin’s successes have been a result of strong community support on the grassroots level. She has proven that she has what it takes to succeed but she needs additional financial support to capitalize on her hard work. For those who know her well it is pretty safe to say that Caitlin has been successful with substantially less financial resources than her competition on the World Cup. Caitlin will be racing the entire season on the World Cup. Her goal is to race into the Red Group (top 30 World Cup ranking) which will mean funding from FIS and qualification for the 2017 US Ski Team A Team for the 2017 Season. The 2017 World Championships will include a 30 km Freestyle, perhaps Caitlin’s strongest event.
In 2014 Caitlin helped me fulfill a childhood dream and make my first Olympic Team. I raced a solid Olympics as one of the top Americans but finished in the 40’s. My 2015 season still saw success with a 35th finish in the Holmenkollen World Cup. This results was the top American finish for the day and the 2nd best World Cup distance result of the season. I will start the season racing the US Super Tour with the goal of qualifying for the World Cups as the Super Tour leader. Without a World Championship this year, (World Championships are every 2 years) the premier event will be the Tour of Canada. With the World Cup in North America, Team USA will have additional starts which will be awarded based on Super Tour ranking. As an extra incentive earning World Cup starts this winter will be the only way I get to see Caitlin during the winter.
Where are the funds going?
We are on the road for most of November – March. We are frugal, but some expenses are unavoidable. A day on the World Cup is a flat rate of $130/day/person for just room and board. Altitude camps, plane travel, car rentals, elite nutrition and more add up quickly. Domestically we are able to save dollars through home stays, borrowed cars, and shared meals. A thousand thank yous to the many who have opened their homes and refrigerators to us.
We are raising the bar again this year and that requires taking some bigger risks. One of the big moves we have made this Fall has been to hire a coach, Tom Jorgenson. Tom has been helping us plan, organize and execute training. Tom will be joining us on the Super Tour and World Cup circuit. The technique improvements we have made with Tom are evident in the video he has taken and analyzed of our training. Our goal is to compete against the world’s best and although we still spend our money carefully and cautiously, we know that it will take additional financial investment.
How can you help?
Please help us in making our dreams come true. Make a donation, follow us as a supporter and share our story and cause.
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-Brian and Caitlin (Team Gregg)