After launching the SYNC Athlete Fund in July committing $50,000 to fund developing athletes in need, we are proud to announce the grant recipients for its inaugural season!

The funds awarded to athletes will offset training and competition costs for the most promising and deserving athletes in the sport to help fill the funding gap as they strive for the highest levels of competition.

Applicants are selected based on three main factors: speed, financial need, and quality of responses to questions and letters of recommendation. After a thorough review by the Fund’s Selection Committee, 26 athletes were identified who best meet the Fund’s criteria and would be most meaningfully impacted by support from the SYNC Athlete Fund.


SYNC Athlete Fund 2019/20 Athletes Awarded



Drew Duffy Dartmouth College
Isaiah Nelson USST D Team
Jacob Dilling USST D Team
Patricia Mangan Dartmouth College
Sam DuPratt Groundswell Athletics
Storm Klomhaus University of Denver
Alix Wilkinson USST D Team
Foreste Peterson Team X Alpine
Caroline Jones University of Vermont
Trey Seymour Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Tucker Marshall Redneck Racing
Wiley Maple Freaks Racing
Chase Seymour Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Dasha Romanov Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation
Ella Dingman Park City Ski Team
Emma Hall Middlebury College
Kaitlyn Harsch University of Colorado Boulder
Patrick Coughlin Burke Mountain Academy
Aidan Steffe Carrabassett Valley Academy
Curtis Wheeler Burke Mountain Academy
Joshua Rosenberg Okemo Mountain School
Luca Robillard Sugar Bowl Academy
Nicolas Unkovskoy Steamboat Springs Winters Sports Club
Robert Underhill Killington Mountain School
Cole Palchak
Burke Mtn Academy
Conor Hogan
Team USA Paralympics



If we could solve the funding gap of US ski racing in one fell swoop we would, but as of now we haven’t quite figured that out...stay tuned. Some of the athletes that did not get accepted for the grant showed immense potential, and we know will be future leaders in their communities as well as on the hill.

Congratulations to this year's SYNC Athlete Fund Athletes and thank you to all those who applied, we are amazed by your commitment and passion for the sport. We wish you the best, and are excited to watch you do great things this season and beyond!


Thank you for your commitment to ski racing and understanding of what it takes to compete at the high level in this sport. Your support and contribution means a lot not only for the athletes, but for their families as well.
Thank you!

— Elena Balandina