KAITLYN FARRINGTON Snowboard Champion|
Kaitlyn Farrington isn't afraid of much. In the past few years this south valley native has exploded on to the competitive snowboarding scene, winning gold at the 2010 Winter X Games Europe, a silver at X Games 15 and a bronze in Snowboard SuperPipe at Winter X Games Tignes. This aspiring Olympian doesn't have many positives memories of ice skating, however. The last time she laced up skates was as a child at a birthday party. She fell and needed 18 stitches in her eyebrow. But the competitor in her overcame her trepidation and she is skating to support the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation; the place where it all began for her. "Without SVSEF supporters, I would never have been able to accomplish what I have and I want to help make sure another athlete gets the backing they need."
MILES FINK-DEBRAY Baldy Hill Climb Winner and Skier|
Miles Fink-Debray is someone who makes it look easy. Whether it's winning the annual Baldy Hill Climb (five times in case you're wondering) or shredding on the hill like only a local kid can (he won the Super-G NorAm Cup in Aspen in 2010), Miles is a gifted natural athlete and an inspiration to many. Miles' family is "everything" to him. Mother Tracy owns Ketchum's Theodore boutique and he calls sister Lily his best friend. When he's not running up or skiing down Baldy's long trails, Miles cycles, surfs and dabbles in photography. In fact, some of the photos used for the store's print advertising are his. We will see if skating with a toe pick comes as easily as everything else to this competitive athlete. Miles is out to win gold on behalf of World Cup Dreams Foundation, an organization that supports athletes so they can pursue their passions and has funded local athletes in the past.
LARA MCLEAN Firefighter and Animal Activist|
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you want Ketchum Fire Department's Lara McLean on the scene. A full time staff member and dedicated and talented paramedic, Lara is calm, compassionate and highly competent. Dedicated to Cross Fit and keeping in top shape, she started her athletic endeavors in a ballet studio as a child. Her mother and one sister were both professional ballerinas and, chances are, grace is in Lara's genes. She has lived in the Wood River Valley for the past 13 years, lured away from New York by family members who had made the move west. She appreciates the area's great people, endless resources and fun things to do. Her skating experience is limited to playing pickup hockey on a pond in the woods near her childhood home. An avid equestrienne (competitive in dressage and jumping) and lover of all four-legged creatures, Lara is competing for Defenders of Wildlife.
BILLY OLSON Bicycle Enthusiast|
Cycling is a way of life for Hailey's Billy Olson. The owner of the popular Powerhouse Pub and Bike Fit Studio, he devotes his tremendous energy and brainpower to devising ways to get the Valley out onto the single track. But what he is most proud of is his family. His son, an avid biker, proves the apple not falling far from the tree theory, while his daughter loves to dance. Without his wife, Tonya, Billy says he would accomplish very little. When he is not in the proverbial (bike) saddle, Billy can be found snowboarding, Nordic skiing, fishing and working with children. Now you can also find him at the rink, an arena where his experience can be summed up by "skating with his kids a few times during the winter." His nonprofits of choice are the Wood River Bike Coalition as well as the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
KEITH PERRY Restauranteur|
Everyone knows Keith Perry. The eponymous owner of Perry's Restaurant, Keith handles the peak-season crowds with aplomb and knows every local by name during slack. Married to Paula for an impressive 32 years, he raised both a son and a daughter while managing to grow his business in what can be a fickle environment for foodies. When he is not working, chances are you can find Keith on the green during the summer or in Nordic skis during the winter. You could say he is a bit obsessive about both activities. Civically minded, Keith has served for a decade on the board of the BCRD and for four years on the Hospital board. Years ago, Keith had an inauspicious turn coaching his son's hockey team and hasn't laced up skates for quite some time. No matter, he is ready to put everything on the line for St. Luke's Wood River.
ERIN RHEINSCHILD Sun Valley Adaptive Sports Leader|
Erin Rheinschild is the face and heart behind Sun Valley Adaptive Sports. Each season, she makes sure injured veterans take to our rivers and slopes; that physically challenged athletes know the thrill of a run on Baldy; that children with special needs experience all our valley has to offer. Erin first became involved with SVAS in 2002, joined the board in 2007 and then signed on as Executive Director. Before committing herself to nonprofit work, Erin flew for United Airlines where she retired as a Boeing 767 captain after 19 years of service. Her career in aviation began as a flight instructor in Santa Monica. A Ketchum resident for 25 years, Erin and her husband are raising three Sun Valley kids. In her sparse spare time, she runs, scuba dives, travels and loves to hike. Erin is prepared to do what it takes to bring home the prize for her organization: even don Spandex and skate despite a recent foot surgery.
BOB ROSSO Ketchum Retailer|
Bob Rosso is a force of nature. As proprietor of the Elephant's Perch, Bob practices what he preaches. Embracing the outdoor lifestyle and the importance of fitness, he cycles, Nordic skis, mountain climbs, hikes, backpacks, swims, runs and plays hockey with the best in the valley. He is also a nationally ranked cross-country skier. He calls his wife and business partner, Kate, his one true love and is proud of what they have accomplished. He came to Sun Valley in 1971 to ski for "one year." After his first winter, he went back to Newport Beach, California, packed up his things and moved here permanently. Heavily involved with the BCRD, he has served on the board for 20 years, including a long stint as board chairman. He is equally passionate about the SVSEF Nordic Olympic Development Team, citing the "awesome" experiences it has provided for many young athletes. Needless to say, these are his valley nonprofits of choice and he is determined to send some winnings their way.
HANNES THUM Science Teacher|
During the summer, Hannes Thum has a propensity for ultra marathon road trips and camping for months on end in his VW van. Born in Sun Valley, he is truly a local boy who is passionate about wilderness, mountains, rivers, wildlife, lighting storms, backcountry skiing and snow: in no particular order. He ski raced in high school and raced Nordic in college. During the school year, Hannes assumes the role of mild-mannered but wildly popular high school science teacher and soccer coach. He is as passionate about hands-on education as he is the outdoors. And did we mention he plays and teaches the banjo? And that he missed only one question on his entire SAT? For real. This true Renaissance man is skating to support Community School, whose students and parents voted in huge numbers to secure him a coveted berth on this years' roster.
CORTNEY VANDENBURGH Family Practitioner|
Cortney Vandenburgh probably doesn't really have time to do this. The mother of two little girls, Cortney is a popular family practitioner in the valley whose duties run from run-of-the-mill checkups to delivering babies at all hours of the night. A Wyoming native she was drawn to the Wood River Valley by the area's beauty and wide range of recreational choices. After finishing her residency in Boise, the move to the mountains seemed a natural one given her and her husband Travis' interest in all things outdoors. An avid Nordic skier and runner, Cortney also backcountry and alpine skis, telemarks and climbs. She hasn't had much experience on the ice, but she seems to excel at anything she tries. She can't wait to put on her skates and shine the light on Blaine Manor, her nonprofit of choice.