Freestyle skier Matt Margetts turned to social media to fund his way to Sochii, when he discovered that existing government support would not be enough.
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Canadian athletes raise cash for Olympic training

Canada may be a rich country but some elite athletes like freestyle skier Matt Margetts will tell you it does not offer them enough financial support for the extra training they need to get to the Olympics. Margetts is the second-highest ranked Canadian in his sport and he hopes to qualify for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Some of his training is covered by the Canadian government program called Own The Podium but he needed another $20,000 to continue training. So he turned to, an online crowdfunding website specifically created to help Canadian athletes secure extra funding.

In just five days, Margetts had raised the cash he needed.

2013/2014 Budget, Canadian Halfpipe Ski Team


Team Fees – $2,500.00

Training Camps:
Mammoth, California – $5,112.00
New Zealand – $5,536.00
Copper, Colorado – $2,406.00

(Includes flights, accommodation, lift access)

Olympic Qualifying Events:
December 12-22: Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colorado & 
World Cup in Copper, Colorado – $606.00
January 3-4: World Cup in Calgary, Alberta – $761.00
January 10-11: World Cup in Northstar, California – $419.00
January 23-26: X Games in Aspen, Colorado – $703.00

(Flights only. Does not include accommodation, registration fees, lift access, etc.)
Transaction Fees: $1,957

Total – $20,000.00

Source: Matt Margetts

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