Warman fundraiser brings out U.S. Ski Team racers, community spirit
TWIN BRIDGES – Pam Warman was in her element on Tuesday under a near-blue bird day at Sierra-at-Tahoe.
Life was being lived to the fullest as young and old ski racers were barreling down Lower Main. They were racing in Warman’s honor after it was disclosed earlier this year that the South Lake Tahoe woman had been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Friends 4 Pam Skiing Fundraiser, which included a silent auction, will help Warman pay for chemotherapy treatments that started on Thursday.
“It’s been amazing. The support of the community and the ski industry has been overwhelming,” Warman said. “I know that I’ve done some good things, and I know that I’ve been nice to people, but I didn’t expect this coming back to me … it’s a lot of people. It’s a lesson for sure.”
Warman stood at the bottom of lower main and rooted on each competitor – even a few U.S. Ski Team members who paid tribute to their former ski technician.
“She is one of the guys. She’s opinionated, tells you how it is and doesn’t take any (guff). She’s a lot of fun,” said two-time Olympian Scott Macartney who is retiring after 12 years on the U.S. Ski Team. “When we heard that she needed help, we all came out and would do anything to support her.”
Macartney didn’t mind giving local racers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to knock off an Olympian – or at least compare times to one of the most-advanced skiers in the world.
“It’s always about having fun,” he said. “People are excited to come out and race, and it’s a good format to go head-to-head with people. You never get rid of that competitive spirit. It’s a lesson for sure.”
Accompanying Macartney from the U.S. Ski Team in support of Warman were Steven Nyman and Jake Zamansky as well as former team downhill racer Bryon Friedman.
“They’ve known me for so long, and they are like my sons that they feel happy to be here and help out,” Warman said.
One longtime racer from the community looking to compare times with some of the best in the world was South Tahoe High coach Mike Shreve. Shreve showed up in the racing suit of his late son, Ryan, determined to earn some newfound respect.
“I wanted more than anything to see the level of competition and see the camaraderie of our community,” Shreve said.
And, of course, how he stacked up against the red, white and blue.
“Like my daughter said this morning, ‘Pappa, do you think you are gonna be what, .5 or .6 behind those guys?’ Jennifer, how about 2 seconds? And she goes, ‘No way, Pops.’
“To hear my daughter still thinking that the old man has still got it, that was encouraging.”
To make a donation, please visit pamwarman.webs.com.
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