Destination: Winter X Games

For most emerging athletes, the dream of going to the X-Games is only that - a dream. But for AlaskanAndrew Kurka
Andrew Kurka, the dream will soon become a reality. Kurka, a Palmer native, along with 14 of the worlds best mono-skiers will converge on Aspen, Colorado to compete January 27-30 in the 15th Winter X-Games. "It's been a dream for me. I just started skiing 3 years ago. All I can say is, as long as you have a dream and try for it, anything's possible." Kurka adds, "Life is short. Live it fast!"

Kurka has exploded onto the mono ski scene, honing his skills at a rapid rate. "In the past two years, Andrew's growth has developed at an amazing pace; both on the mountain and off. The X Games is a dream come true, and it's only the beginning of a long career in the adaptive racing world." states Jeremy Anderson, Challenge Alaska Adaptive Ski & Snowboard School Director and Racing Coach for the Paralympic Sport Alaska Alpine Ski Race Team. Anderson adds, "He is the leader on our race team. He leads by example. At 18 years of age, this is remarkable."

Kurka will not be the only Alaskan racing at the Winter X Games. Mono Skier Greg Peck (Wasilla), will race in his second X Games alongside Kurka. Peck took the Silver medal last year, and has high hopes to podium again this year.

Mono Skier X will be broadcast on ESPN, Sunday, January 30 from 1-2 pm Alaska Time (subject to change). Visit http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/winter/2011/ for all information about Winter X Games 15. To support Andrew Kurka in his dream, please make a donation to him and his expenses related to Winter X Games 15. You can donate via a secure online connection on the Challenge Alaska website by clicking on the DONATE button and listing "Andrew Kurka Winter X 15" in the "honoree" section. Cash and checks are also accepted at both the Girdwood and Anchorage offices.