High Fives Non-Profit Foundation (Truckee, CA), The Landon McGauley project is an on-going mission of the High Fives Winter Empowerment Program Service. High Fives Athlete: Landon, a 16-year-old downhill mountain biker from Quesnel, B.C. Canada suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury during a race on July 4, 2010. With the help of the High Fives Foundation, the highly motivated young athlete, Landon is pursuing a dream of making the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team and competing in the 2014 Sochi, Russia Paralympic Games.
This go-around, the Landon McGauley Project took on a different objective than those previous to it. Instead of dealing with deep snow as the group did in Chapter One and Two, or mosquitoes and the nuances of learning adaptive water skiing as seen in Chapter Three, Chapter Four was presented a new challenge: Mother Nature.
2011-2012 in Lake Tahoe has been the driest and most frustrating starts to winter in recent memory. With no snowfall since the fall months, the tourism-based economy has struggled to capture skier visits as snowmaking capacities at local ski areas have been pushed to the max.
To “make lemonade from lemons” was the idea behind bringing a successful Chapter Four of the Landon McGauley Project to fruition. Low (or no snow) did not deter the steely-eyed skier from learning to set an edge on difficult snow conditions, how to tune his skis on a world cup level or most importantly to use every opportunity to improve on the road to Sochi.
Landon, Chris, Rob and Pam McGauley are great friends of the High Fives Foundation and the next chapter in the Landon McGauley Project is in the works. Stay tuned to highfivesfoundation.org for more info, updates and details.
View the video on the High Fives Foundation’s Vimeo Channel: vimeo.com/m/35548037
Day One (Monday, January 9, 2012): Alpine Meadows
Day Two (Tuesday, January 10, 2012): Squaw Valley
Day Three (Wednesday, January 11, 2012): Sugar Bowl, CA
Day Four (Thursday, January 12, 2012): Alpine Meadows
Huge thanks to the following supporting organizations and friends:
• Big Truck Headwear: (Galen Gifford and Kelsen Thompson),
• Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows (Andy Wirth, Amelia Richmond, Sean Kristl and Julie Maurer)
• Chase International (Trinkie Watson and David Gemme)
• Sugar Bowl (Jennie Bartlett and John Monson)
• Cojo Bay Advisors (Robert Green Jr.)
• Sugar Bowl Ski Team (Jim Hudson, Devin Gill, Bill Hudson)
• Start Haus (Tyler Mearce, Jim and Kristi Schaffner)
• John Davis
• Daron Rahlves
• Garrett Russell
• Aspen Spora
• Arcade Belts
• Greg Lindsey
• The LaPlante Family
• Michelle Parker
About High Fives Foundation:
High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.