Tommy Biesemeyer had such a vivid dream that he just could not shake it. He won the famous Hahnenkamm low race in Austria.
The 32-year-old skier from the recently retired New York City woman immediately had a second thought. He needed to train more and continue to pursue this fascinating vision.
Then he put his back out. He could not stand for days. Scratch that program.
New ambition. Lead a group that once subsidized him. Bizemeyer has just been appointed CEO of the World Cup Dreams Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping cut spending sharply on the hopes of the next generation of Winter Games.
It’s the goal transfer that could one day prove that his weight is worth the gold, an Olympic variety for an athlete. The group certainly came to the aid of Bizemeyer, who twice received support through the foundation to pursue a 12-year career that included dozens of surgeries.
“I want athletes to look back on their careers and not regret it,” said Bizemayer, who officially retired last fall. “Because if you reach a point in your career when you can really go for it, in the sense of the Olympics, the World Cup, you’s less than that, because you couldn’t afford it. I find it really sad. “
The World Cup Dream Foundation was founded in 2005 by American gymnast Brian Friedman’s giant slalom expert Eric Schlopp. Over the past five years, it has raised more than $ 1 million to help athletes in all subjects, including landing gear, techies, snowboarders and mogul competitors. ,
Beneficiaries included Olympic players such as Tommy Ford, Willie Maple, Megan McAmes Ames, Lauren Ross and Lynn Smith.
Surrounded by injuries, Bizemeyer, nicknamed “BZ”, continued his career through the foundation at և 17 in 2016, when he was awarded around $ 15,000 each season.
Bizemayer was not a full-fledged member of the U.S. Ski Team at the time. This meant that he was responsible for taking his share of the costs.
A season-long match at the World Cup costs about $ 20,000 – at the low end. In fact, Bizemayer estimates that it costs $ 120,000 when factoring in coaches, coaches, technicians and other professionals.
“You have this dream, you have this passion and talent, but all of a sudden you slap $ 120,000 on it,” said Bizemayer, who is running a charity race at Wixon Hall in Wyoming this weekend. “It is obvious that it is a premium price. “But it does you all the right service to make sure you’re a professional; you’re not running for your opponents in any of your national competitions for any real disadvantages.”
The fund is a fundraiser, such as the World Cup in Beaver Creek, Colorado, through private donations.
“The spirit is to help athletes, to help them stay in the sport, because, first of all, it is the right thing to do. And both, because we need our best athletes to continue our country, “Shlopin said. “Tommy will do a great job. He will take the torch to the next level. “
Injuries and recovery were just part of the area for Bizemeyer, whose 89th World Cup best result was eighth in the December 27, 2016 super-schedule. He underwent surgery on both knees, left shoulder and right Achilles. tendon և herniated discs. He broke his jaw and both hands.
His Olympic history was also a painful tale. Before the 2010 Vancouver Games, Bizemeyer tore his left ACL. He was ready to form the Sochi team four years later, but his Olympic hopes were dashed by a torn right knee.
Then there’s the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, a squad he did just a day before the Olympics to tear off his last Achilles tendon.
“It’s like my own Olympic story, it makes it unique,” said Bizemeyer, whose last World Cup race was on December 28, 2019, when he finished 32nd. “You just sort it out, you take it for granted.”
These days he is graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in business (he has been hurt and broken for the last 12 years). He is skiing with two-time Olympic medalist Andrew Weibrecht, taking private lessons and, of course, delving deeper into his new role with the World Cup Dream Foundation.
“I gave everything I had,” Bissemayer said of his racing career. “Now I have the opportunity to help the next generation financially orient themselves during their careers. I am proud to have taken that responsibility. ”
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