The Ajax Cup, in it's 5th year is a perfect combination. Part ski race, part fundraising event and a kick a$$ party all in support of the Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club (AVSC). Founded in 1937, AVSC's mission is to make sure that all youth in the greater Roaring Fork Valley have a chance to develop as athletes and as people through winter sports. Through the generosity of AVSC's sponsors and it's membershipthe club makes sure that any child in the RFV who wants to participate in skiing and snowboarding...gets that opportunity. Yes AVSC has turned out many Olympic and World Cup performers...but AVSC also makes it possible for EVERY kid to in the Valley participate in Winter Sports.
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Ajax Cup has become a place where all the ex-ski racers come to "rip it one more time". Every year the racing at Ajax Cup gets faster and more competitive and in some cases...the speed suits get a little tighter. Sure, it's all in good fun...but many of these folks want to win really, really badly.
This year's competition came down to the a dream finals pitting returning champions against each other. 2013 champs, TEAM GORSUCH vs 2-Time champs TEAM GANZI. The good natured trash talking at the starting hut was almost as fast and furious as the racing. It all came down to the final paring...where Olympic and World Cup racer Alice McKennis nosed out former World Cupper and Olympian Jake Zamansky by fractions of a second. Team Gorsuch prevailed again and retain bragging rights for another year.
It's estimated that Ajax Cup raised over $400,000 for AVSC. Once again, race co-chairs and Aspen legends Chris Davenport and Casey Puckett designed a super-fast, challenging course on the Little Nell run at Aspen Mountain. Once the racing was completed...the party began. Event Co-chairs Jackie and John Bucksbaum and Pam Alexander created a hall-of-fame social event. AVSC President Marc Ganzi who is perhaps the world's most competitive human ( and we say that with respect) led a paddle raise and live auction that helped take the fund-raising to the next level.
Ajax Cup 2014 solidified it's position as one of the best and most fun events in Aspen. Cheers to the racers and all the attendees and especially to all the kids of AVSC.
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