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Liz Brown: As President of the Board of Company of Fools and a Board member for the Sagebrush Equine Therapeutic Center for the Handicapped, Liz is one of the Wood River Valley’s behind-the-scene heroes, who day-in and day-out, makes this community a better place to live. She is an accomplished equestrienne, mountain sports aficionado and world traveler, who isn’t afraid to take a chance. Liz’s amazing personality and natural athleticism will give her a boost as she aims to turn her limited skating experience into a shot for the Gold.

Liz is competing on behalf of the Company of Fools and SETCH.

Ron Fairfax: Ron has a resume that makes an overachiever shudder: 2005 Hailey Citizen of the Year; 2008 Honorary Commander – Mountain Home Air Force Base; 2010 Hailey 4th of July Grand Marshall; 2010 Voted “Best Dentist in the Valley.” And yet, Ron finds time to pursue his many passions: his family, his dental practice, flying and, of course, his work on behalf of Hailey Ice. Ron hopes that his B league hockey experience puts him on the podium in his figure skating debut.

Ron is competing on behalf of Hailey Ice.

Mathew Gershater: Things Mat cares about: kids, kids and kids. Founder of the long-running and wildly popular summer camp program, Mountain Adventure Tours, Gershater is a magnet for children. When Mat arrives for a day of “enviro-tainment” at camp drop off, dozens of campers swarm, nip at and cling to “Mati.” His philosophy on kids is pretty simple: if you give them the chance and the tools to be their best, they will. An avid yogi, environmentalist, filmmaker and a goalie on the Sun Valley Suns, Mat is a natural athlete sure to light up the ice with his charisma and showmanship.

Mat is competing on behalf of Greenscool.

Don Haisley: As Principal of Hemingway Elementary, Don runs an exceptional school and is an A+ educator and leader. The kids adore him and the parents and staff couldn’t agree more. Don is an accomplished guitar player and pilot, often agreeing to participate in a musical gig or two at school and teach the kids how to fly on a flight simulator in Tech class. But did you know that Don is also an experienced sailor? Neither did we – because Don holds his cards close to the chest. Don hopes that his rollerblading and Nordic skiing skills give him an edge on the competition, as he has no prior skating experience.

Don is competing on behalf of the Hemingway Elementary Publishing House.

David Holmes: David Holmes is a scholar and a gentleman. The incoming Head of the Community School has dedicated years to ensuring each child reaches his or her potential, most recently as the Executive Director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center. And while his hobbies, of course, include reading great books, as well as picking up a copy of The New York Times daily, David also loves to mountain bike and ski and has revived a golf career. As a kid in Vermont, he skated on ponds with his grandfather, but hasn’t put on a pair of skates in a while. Good thing he is a lifelong learner.

David is competing on behalf of the Community School.

Doran Key: Doran Key is the reason why most second and third graders in the Valley can out-ski their parents. And more importantly, why they want to. Doran runs the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation development team and estimates that she’s coached upwards of 1,500 children, many of whom went on to become skiing legends. The kids adore her and with good reason – aside from being a phenomenal leader and teacher, she is an exceptional human being. Doran’s boundless energy and radiant personality are sure to put her at the head of the pack.

Doran is competing on behalf of the Animal Shelter.

Langely McNeal: Langely McNeal is living proof that local Ketchum girls rock! Born and raised in Sun Valley, Langely grew up on the slopes of Baldy as a member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation teams. Later, she decided to graduate from gates to bombing down runs four abreast in the death-defying sport of Ski Cross. A Community School and Whitman College graduate, she was a member of the 2007-2010 World Cup Ski Cross Team and is currently ranked #2 American Ski Cross racer in the US and has multiple X Games and Norams under the belt of her always-stylish ski pants.  Though Langely recently made a transition from full-time pro skiing to working in marketing for a social commerce startup in Seattle called Lockerz.com, she can’t quite get out of her boots. This past ski season, she worked on an extreme skiing production. Langely has only skated a handful of times, so things are about to get very interesting.

Langely is competing on behalf of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Nappy Neaman: Nappy’s charisma and incredible knowledge of the Wood River Valley make him a standout personality for locals and visitors alike. He expertly assists customers pick the right equipment at the Elephant’s Perch with his vast knowledge of cycling and skiing. But he is more than an astute businessman. An exceptional athlete, Nappy formerly worked as a special assistant to the U.S. Ski Team and was the Assistant Mountain Manager for the Sun Valley Company. Nappy organizes and leads the Elephant’s Perch Wednesday Night Bike Ride and is a leading authority and advocate for the mountain goats that populate the Sawtooth Mountains. Nappy will swap his trademark flip-flops for a pair of figure skates and parlay his hockey experience into a valiant attempt at glory.

Nappy is competing on behalf of the Galena Lodge.

Muffy Ritz: Muffy is the team leader of the VAMPS, the fittest, most fearless group of Nordic women skiers in the Valley. An inspirational figure and an incredible athlete, Muffy was a member of the U.S. Ski Team, 2x winner of the American Birkbeiner, 3x Race Across America Runner-Up and a member of the Rossignol Racing Team for 33 years. She also loves the less cardiovascular challenging hobbies of photography and cooking. Whew! A fierce competitor, Muffy will draw upon her skating experience as a child growing up in Minnesota to give the competition a run for the money.

Muffy is competing on behalf of the VAMPS Scholarship Fund.