Go For The Gold 2014 Recipients

Kieffer Christionson

Kieffer ChristiansonMy goal for the next few years is to break onto the World Cup tour and become ranked at lest in the top 30 in the world.    I want to ski as fast as possible and become ranked 1st in the world, but reaching the top 30 is an important marker.


Lex T   Lex Treinen

 My goal for this season, which has already begun, is to be the3 Super tour leader for distance so that I have the opportunity to start on the World Cup in February.  There I hope to get a top 30 result and set myself up for further World Cup starts in the 2015-2016 season.  I hope to qualify for World Championships in 2017, and then the Olympics in 2018 Pyeongyang.



Eric Packer Packer Headshot

I am pursuing ski racing full time with APU Elite team, training at a World Class level each and every day.  My goal is to be competitive at World Cup and Olympic – level competition.  It is a privilege to compete as a professional ski race and to be part of the vibrant Alaska skiing community.



Reese Hanneman

IMG_7992_1 m- Reese“Racing on the World Cup is such a different experience than the cross country skiing I grew up doing here in Alaska. Instead of racing against my friends and being cheered on by family and fellow Alaskans, it is a vastly international field with screaming crowds and extremely well funded teams. I have learned so much from competing at this level, and would not have been able to do it without the help of Girdwood 2020. Their financial support through the Go For The Gold grant is making a difference my allowing me to give back to our communities as an elite athlete. The experiences I’ve had have only inspired me to be greater, and I hope to share that inspiration with others.”

To follow Reese you can check out his website or his blog

Tyler 2015Tyler Kornfield

Tyler is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Anchorage. Tyler 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.”

Keegan Messing

Kate Fitzgerald