My name is Kyle Smaine. I'm a 22 year old college student pursuing a spot on the 2014 US Winter Olympic Team. I am asking for your help to realize this dream.
Kyle Smaine
South Lake Tahoe, California
United States
1 Team Member


I’m Kyle Smaine, I was born June 27, 1991 in Apple Valley, CA. My parents relocated to South Lake Tahoe when I was 2-years old. I was blessed to have spent the rest of my youth in South Lake Tahoe with my parents and younger brother.  Since both my parents were ski and snowboard coaches, I was introduced to skiing at the age of 2.  At 5 years old I began ski racing with the Heavenly Ski Foundation.  In my first years of ski racing I was introduced to Olympian Jonna Mendes, who also grew up skiing for the Heavenly Ski Foundation. From the moment I listened to Jonna describing her Olympic experiences, I knew I wanted nothing more but to be an Olympic Athlete for skiing.

 The mountains are nature’s playground.  The freedom and endless possibilities an open mountain provides have developed my love of exploration and constantly pushing my personal boundaries.  This constant pursuit of my outer limits lead me to discover my passion for floating through the air and finding different approaches to skiing besides being the fastest person down a race course.  These new perspectives on skiing lead me to start competing in freeride competitions when I was 14.  It wasn’t until I was 17 and graduating early from High School, that I quit ski racing and completely focused on freeride skiing.  I put my Olympic dreams in the back of my mind, never imagining that the sport would gain acceptance into the Winter Olympics.  I now stand in a surreal position.  I have a real chance at making it to the Winter Olympics.

Unlike most aspiring Olympic athletes, I am not a part of a team, and I have had no coach or team affiliations since I quit ski racing.   I have paid for nearly all of my skiing since I was 16 years old.  Two things make this year different from the past.  First, I am a senior in college at Sierra Nevada College and have only 6 classes left till graduation, three of which are only offered in the spring semester.  I pay for all my own schooling, and have maintained a 4.0 GPA for the last four years.  This will be my first winter having to pay for school on top of my skiing expenses.  Secondly, the scope of my goals is greater than it has ever been.  The training and preparation involved in becoming an Olympic athlete is itself a full time endeavor.  I am training harder and more frequently than I ever have in the past, while balancing my academic pursuits. 

I am asking for your support so I may focus 100% on my training and academics.  The money I am trying to raise will go directly into the travel expenses, entry fees, and registration costs involved with qualifying for the Olympics.  I have listed the Olympic qualifying contests and training vital to me having a chance at making the US Olympic Team:

Early season training- Nov. 23- Dec. 11- Mammoth or Copper pending conditions

Winter Dew Tour- Breckenridge, CO- Dec. 12-15, 2013                               

US Grand Prix- Copper Mountain, CO- Dec. 19-22, 2013

US Grand Prix- Northstar, CA- Jan. 10-11, 2014                            

US Grand Prix-Mammoth Mountain, CA- Jan. 14-19, 2014  (2 events)


Once again, I want to thank you all for your continued support and words of motivation over the years. I appreciate you taking the time to check out my pledge. If you could please share this campaign it will make a profound difference in my future.

To follow my adventures along the way check out my social media pages.


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  • $40USD

    Various swag donated by my sponsors ranging from beanies, to gloves, to T-shirts. Because looking good is the first step to feeling good.

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  • $150USD
    Lift Ticket-Sierra-at-Tahoe

    A voucher good for one free lift ticket for Sierra-at-Tahoe during the 2013/14 Winter season. So you can come up and experience the same awesome vibe and terrain that has helped develop some of the best skiers and riders in the world.

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    Ski day with Me

    A day of skiing or riding with me at Sierra-at-Tahoe. Lift Ticket included. I'll give you a tour of the mountain and show you all my favorite spots to hang out.

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    Ski day with Personalized edit

    The same amazing personal day on the hill with me with the added benefit of having a filmer come out and make an edit. So you can show your family and friends the great time we had, and the awesome new things you learned.

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