This past weekend Winter Park Resort was host to the National Sports Center for the Disabled's 38th annual Wells Fargo Cup, which took place under bluebird skies and featured good conditions for the racers and teams.
Local mono-skier Jasmin Bambur, who is gunning for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, raced during the event.
The results from Sunday's World Disabled Invitational were: 1st place Ralph Greene (US Paralympic Team member), 2nd Place Jamie Stanton (NSCD competition Center Athlete and Paralympic hopeful), 3rd Place Mark Urich (NSCD competition Center Athlete and Paralympic hopeful).
This event is the NSCD's largest fundraiser of the year and brings in over a quarter of a million dollars to the organization through multiple events, fundraisers, and competitions. The event is one of the most anticipated of the year and is also the only event where disabled skiers can compete to win cash prizes that aren't affected by the rules and regulations of the Olympic committee.
Wells Fargo has been the main driving force behind this event since its inception and this year provided approximately 200 volunteers from across the U.S. to help the event run smoothly.
"We had fantastic support from Winter Park Resort and of course from Wells Fargo," said Beth Fox, operations director for the NSCD. "People had an opportunity to see what NSCD does and the culture of NSCD."
Resort and Major League sports team mascots entered the race scene as they went head-to-head on the course following the Kids Snowplow Sprint. Snowball and Willie represented Winter Park Resort in fine style and Rockie from the Denver Nuggets, Bernie from the Colorado Avalanche, Styx from the Colorado Outlaws, and Miles from the Denver Broncos rounded out the competition, Fox said.