Go For The Gold 2013 Recipients


Reese Hanneman

“As a lifelong Alaskan, Reese currently lives and trains in Anchorage with some of the best cross-country skiers in the world at the APU Nordic Ski Center. One of the top younger ski racers in the country, he has represented the U.S. at Junior and Under-23 World Championship events, and competed in World Cup events this past season. In addition to training full time and competing at a high level, Reese enjoys working with kids and sharing his passion for skiing with them. He is an elite athlete ambassador for the NANA Nordic program, which is a partnership with the Girdwood Nordic Ski Club, and says that it is extremely rewarding to promote skiing and be a positive role model to the youth of the Northwest Arctic region. Reese’s goals for the future include representing Alaska and the United States at the Olympic Games and other high level international events. He recognizes that without the support of Girdwood 2020, the pursuit of these goals would not be possible.”

Thanks for doing this, and for all of your support! It is so awesome.

Reese Hanneman


Tyler Kornfied

Tyler Kornfield finishing

Tyler is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. Tyler recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a mechanical engineering degree.  As long as he can remember, his dream has been to represent the United States at the Olympics in cross-country skiing. Tyler steadily worked his way up to Junior World Championships.

Along the way, he became the youngest National Champion in cross-country skiing in 2010. Two years later, he won his second National Championship in Rumford, Maine.  To continue his dream, he joined the Alaska Pacific University (APU), Alaska’s professional Nordic ski team. Tyler made the easy decision to stay in Alaska because of the community support for skiing, which is beyond comparison throughout the United States, as well as APU’s international success due to its dedicated athletes and coaches.

“I am incredibly thankful of the support from Girdwood 2020. Knowing that I have my community around me for support will help me achieve my future goals. There is no way I could do it without you.”

– Tyler Kornfied

Callan Cyhthlook-Sifsof

Callan Chylook Sifsof Photo © Sarah Brunson/U.S. Snowboarding

The powder days at Mt. Alyeska and the Alaskan backcountry are the essence of snowboarding for Callan.  Callan was raised in rural Alaska, 500 miles away from the nearest chairlift in one of the most remote areas in North America. She later moved to Girdwood where she could develop her skills that carried her to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, Vancouver.  Callan aims to compete again in the 2014 games.