Hey! My name is Toms Petrusevics. I am a 25-year-old athlete from Riga, Latvia. My passion for snowboarding started when I was 12 and had a chance to stand on top of the hill with the snowboard for the first time in my life. Despite riding the board for only half an hour, I learned to turn and stop very quickly and got hooked. So I joined “Riga’s snowboarding school” and set my goal to outcompete others. No matter how hard I’d fall, I still stood up and kept going.
A few years later, when I was 14, I started competing across the Baltic countries (Latvia, Lithuania & Estonia). In 2009, I had won every single competition in the Baltics that I participated, as well as the Burton Baltic Rookie Challenge. Later on, I was looking for options for how could improve even more, so when I got invited to join the Latvian Freestyle snowboarding team, I accepted the invite.
FAILURE LEADS TO SUCCESS:
When you think about it, snowboarding is pretty straightforward: you go up the hill, you stand onto a plank of wood and you slide down. In reality though, it's way harder than it seems and I realized that, once again, after I finished 22nd during the 2011/2012 winter season when I competed in the FIS Europa Cup. Snowboarding is all about pushing the boundaries. So back then, to push my boundaries even further. I teamed up with my coach Inars Birmanis and followed his advice on how to improve my techniques. Due to our persistent teamwork we succeeded – the next season I became the Europa Cup overall Champion (2013). A year after I secured a 2nd place (2014) and took 3rd in 2016.
WHAT DO I WANT?
My goal is to be the first Olympian from the Baltics that represents its country in the Winter Olympics in Snowboarding Slopestyle and Big Air in Pyeongchang, South Korea in 2018. I want to make my country and the fellow Baltic neighbours proud. At the moment, I'm the only one from the Baltics that has completed all the individual selection criteria for both disciplines - Big Air & Slopestyle, for the Winter Olympics.
Since I got the Europe Cup Championship title, I got into thr Latvian Olympic team that is supporting me financially. To qualify for the support, I have to accomplish certain criteria to get back in the team. Given the requirements I compete under any circumstances despite being injured or sick. There are no excuses. No way back. Only the hill, snowboard, and me.
HELP ME ACHIEVE MY OLYMPIC DREAM:
Unfortunately, the support that I'm getting from the Latvian Olympic team and Federation is not enough to cover all the expenses.
Qualification for the 2018 Winter Olympics started from this year. This season, I trained the most of all the seasons. This season is very intense and long; almost any participation in a contest is a story of luck and cannot take place without the support of others.
This is where I need your help. I have a goal of raising $10,000 to help me cover the costs of traveling to the contests which I need to be at in order to be able to qualify for the Games.
Also I provide the opportunity to follow me throughout the qualifying process through my video reports.
OLYMPIC QULIFIER STOPS:
12/1 - 12/2 Big Air World Cup, Mochengladbach,Germany
12/8 - 12/8 Big Air World Cup, Cooper Mt./ ASV
1/10 - 1/12 Slopestyle World Cup, Snowmass, Colorado, USA
1/17 - 1/19 Slopestyle World Cup, Laax, SWITZERLAND
With your support, I will have a chance to compete in all of these Olympic qualifier stops.
With your help, I can focus on my snowboarding 100% by training and competing without the burden and stress of figuring out how to cover the costs.
If you want to support my Olympic dream, you can do so through my Pursu.it Campaign.
Thank you so much for your time and for supporting my Olympic dream.