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post #1 of 19
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With the Olympics over - life continues.  The good and the not so good.  Here is some good. Bode Miller has donated his autographed  Olympic helmet to a fundraiser helping to pay the medical expenses of a wonderful person who is now battling cancer.  It is the start of an event to be held at a Tahoe ski resort in April.  I'll post the April event when details are set.

But for now, another helmet thread :

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180475141285&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1182
post #2 of 19
Very nice, but, in the land where 45,000 Americans die prematurely every year from lack of access to healthcare and the leading cause of bankrupcies are medical bills, it's a really sad statement. We've spent trillions on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and, ironically, we're provided Iraqis and Afghanis single payer healthcare systems.
post #3 of 19
I'd appreciate it if we left the politics out of it or relegate it to the politics forum.  A nice gesture by Bode no matter what your view of the health care debate.
post #4 of 19
Is anyone else sorta sketched out by the fact that it is being sold by a guy with 10 feedback?

You would think something like this might go through more "legitimate" channels.
post #5 of 19
The seller is

zamansky626

With 10 sales, your concern is a legitimate question.  It appears that Bode may have given the helmet to team-mate Jake Zamansky   to auction on Ebay.  The connection is not transparent, but with the pictures, user name and other online research, its reasonable to think this is legitimate.  If you are a bidder, you certainly could open an inquiry with the seller or Ebay to verify the authenticity.  Seller ratings are not everything, but certainly a reasonable concern here.   I don't see any thing that actually raises a triple alarm here.
Edited by Cirquerider - 3/2/10 at 10:28am
post #6 of 19
I have been getting requests to post this charitable auction for Pam Warman, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  This request comes from her husband, Sean so the auction and benefit is real.  In addition, Sierra at Tahoe will be conducting a benefit on April 13.  The following is from Sean Warman the competition instructor at Sierra and owner of Shwamy Productions:

Hey Sean,

 

Forwarding this on to Tom (cirquerider) at Epicski.com

 


Quote:

Subject: Bode

 

As many of you know Pam has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Bode Miller has put his signed Helmet from the Olympics up for bid on ebay and is donating the proceeds to help Pam with the medical bills. Please spread the word and below is the link.

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180475141285&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1182

 

 

April 13th!

We are also having a fundraiser at Sierra that is going to include a fun race with several US Ski Team members attending, and a dinner to follow. We will have the details out in about a week.

 

 

--

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a footstep."     TAO TE CHING

Shwamy Productions

Sean Warman

 

This is an opportuntiy to help some good people in our skiing community.  If you are in a position to help, I encourage you to do so.  If other benefits are announced, I will pass the word along.
Edited by Cirquerider - 3/2/10 at 10:28am
post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cirquerider View Post

The seller is

zamansky626

With 10 sales, your concern is a legitimate question.  It appears that Bode may have given the helmet to team-mate Jake Zamansky   to auction on Ebay. 

It's Jake's eBay account.  He has sold a lot of USST gear over the past couple of years, some of it to fund his training to get back onto the funded USST squad.
post #8 of 19
Jake Zamansky's birthday: June 26.

Not saying it proves the auction is legit.

Out of my price range (as well it should be - it's historical and one-of-a-kind), but there may be some bidders here.
post #9 of 19
Quote:
It's Jake's eBay account.  He has sold a lot of USST gear over the past couple of years

That pretty much puts to bed the legitimacy doubts, I think.

Incidentally, Thomas Vonn, several years ago, apparently sold everything loose he could find on eBay (including those little sheets of stickers that come with your USSA membership). I suppose he's in better financial shape nowadays....
post #10 of 19
Sean is also the producer of the DVD we had in the raffle at Snowmass. (Images and concepts) A great guy and a lot of fun to ski with if you get the chance.

Our prayers to Pam and good luck with the Auction.

DC
post #11 of 19
Just out of curiosity: Did Bode actually race with this helmet or was it just part of the USST gear he received?  I thought he raced with the Superfund Briko (green) helmet that was taped or painted over in the other events (I don't remember the SL).  Either way, I may bid during the last day.

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Originally Posted by 911over View Post

With the Olympics over - life continues.  The good and the not so good.  Here is some good. Bode Miller has donated his autographed  Olympic helmet to a fundraiser helping to pay the medical expenses of a wonderful person who is now battling cancer.  It is the start of an event to be held at a Tahoe ski resort in April.  I'll post the April event when details are set.

But for now, another helmet thread :

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180475141285&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1182
 
post #12 of 19
Here's Slalom According to AP:

Bode Miller, of the United States, comes into the finish area after skiing off the course during the first run of the men's slalom in the Vancouver 20

Bode Miller, of the United States, comes into the finish area after skiing off the course during the first run of the men's slalom in the Vancouver 20 - Saturday February 27, 08:51 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/27022010/5/photo/27022010205158.html

Bode Miller of the United States skis into the finish area after skiing out during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics i

Bode Miller of the United States skis into the finish area after skiing out during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics i - Saturday February 27, 08:13 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/27022010/5/photo/27022010201317.html

GS:

Bode Miller of the United States powers past a gate moments before skiing out, during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010Bode Miller of the United States powers past a gate moments before skiing out, during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 - Tuesday February 23, 07:08 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/23022010/5/photo/23022010190812.html

Super Combined:
 

Bode Miller of the United States celebrates after his run during the men's super combined, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter - Photo

Bode Miller of the United States celebrates after his run during the men's super combined, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter

Bode Miller of the United States celebrates after his run during the men's super combined, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter - Monday February 22, 12:31 AM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/22022010/5/photo/22022010003143.html

 

 

post #13 of 19
Wow, it appears he had TWO helmets.  What a primadonna!  I still remember that one girl in the women's slalom that forgot her SL had and busted her chin open on a gate.  Now, why couldn't her ski tech screw a face guard on the helmet she did bring?  Or, why didn't she buy another one?

Back on topic.  Bode's SL helmet would be a great conversation place for any skier's living room or den.  I hope Bode's generosity makes folks very happy and healthy.  + thoughts for Pam and her family.
post #14 of 19
Well it looks like he used three different helmets, but he used that one in the Slalom. So it's definitely a great item to bid on. How much if he throws in the medal?

According to AP Photos:

Slalom:
Bode Miller, of the United States, comes into the finish area after skiing off the course during the first run of the men's slalom in the Vancouver 20
Bode Miller, of the United States, comes into the finish area after skiing off the course during the first run of the men's slalom in the Vancouver 20 - Saturday February 27, 08:51 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/27022010/5/photo/27022010205158.html


Bode Miller of the United States skis into the finish area after skiing out during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics i

Bode Miller of the United States skis into the finish area after skiing out during the first run of the Men's slalom, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics i - Saturday February 27, 08:13 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/27022010/5/photo/27022010201317.html

GS:

Bode Miller of the United States powers past a gate moments before skiing out, during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010
Bode Miller of the United States powers past a gate moments before skiing out, during the first run of the Men's giant slalom, at the Vancouver 2010
- Tuesday February 23, 07:08 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/23022010/5/photo/23022010190812.html

Super Combined:

Bode Miller of the United States celebrates after his run during the men's super combined, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter
Bode Miller of the United States celebrates after his run during the men's super combined, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter - Monday February 22, 12:31 AM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/22022010/5/photo/22022010003143.html

Super G:

Silver medalist Bode Miller, of the United States, smiles after finishing the men's super-G event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British
Silver medalist Bode Miller, of the United States, smiles after finishing the men's super-G event at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British
- Friday February 19, 11:10 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/19022010/5/photo/19022010231009.html

Downhill:
Bode Miller of the United States takes a jump during the Men's Downhill, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 15
Bode Miller of the United States takes a jump during the Men's Downhill, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whistler, British Columbia, Monday, Feb. 15
- Monday February 15, 07:04 PM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/15022010/5/photo/15022010190402.html

Bode Miller of the United States takes a jump on his way to taking the bronze medal during the Men's Downhill, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whist
Bode Miller of the United States takes a jump on his way to taking the bronze medal during the Men's Downhill, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Whist - Tuesday February 16, 05:03 AM
AP Photo: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/16022010/5/photo/16022010050315.html
post #15 of 19
Unrelated thread hijack, but:

- Many (most?) higher-level racers use different helmets for slalom. This using three different helmets may be unusual, though.

- WC-level racers sometimes don't use jaw-guards for slalom. Men men don't use them. Women generally do, but some might choose not to.

- I don't think there're any helmets included in the USST (or USOC) swag-fest. If there are, nobody uses them. Helmets, like skis, boots, bindings, googles, poles, seem to be treated as a piece of equipment that's supposed to be sponsor-supplied. Suits and gloves are team-issue, along wit a boatload of out-of-event gear, like coats, apres-ski boots, etc.
post #16 of 19
I don't think that this has been mentioned, but Pam is a former World Cup technician, very well respected professionally and very well liked and loved by all. I have been told that a lot of USST members, past and present, will be donating gear to be auctioned off to help with expenses. I've never met her, but I've always heard great things about her and my thoughts and prayers go out to her, and her family. Good luck to them all in this fight ahead of them.
post #17 of 19
From the US team website:

Thursday March 4, 2010
Miller's Signed Olympic Helmet on eBay


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LAKE TAHOE, CA (March 4) – Five-time Olympic medalist Bode Miller (Franconia, NH), who captured a historic full compliment of medals in Vancouver is auctioning his signed Olympic helmet on eBay to help raise money for Pam Warman, a former U.S. Ski Team technician, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

The helmet, currently going for $2,050, can be found at www.ebay.com and ends Wednesday, March 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Warman, originally from Portillo, Chile tuned skis for the U.S. Ski Team from 2001-2006 including Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) and Bryon Friedman (Park City, UT). She now calls Lake Tahoe, CA home and spends her winters working with Sierra at Tahoe Resort and her summers landscaping with Pete Lavin (AKA Baby Huey), the long-time start house hype-man for the men's World Cup team.

"I started with the Development Team then moved up to the Europa Cup program," said Warman, who received her cancer diagnosis seven weeks ago following a routine mammogram. "I was working with Steven Nyman and Bryon Friedman when they got their first World Cup starts. I kind of became the mom for all these guys when they were younger."

"Bode has always been an extremely generous guy. I remember him buying U.S. Ski Team jackets for the Development Team a while ago," she recounted. "No one knew where they came from. Bode didn't want the credit, he just wanted to help out."

Along with Miller, Warman struck a particular friendship with Jake Zamansky (Aspen, CO), who began spearheading the auctions, which will also include items from Nyman, Friedman and three-time Olympic medalist Julia Mancuso (Olympic Valley, CA).

"Jake and I have always been really close because he and my oldest son share the same birthday, but all the guys know me really well," she said. "I just dropped them all a line asking if there was anything they could do to help and they immediately began putting things like this auction together."

"Pam is such a friend to so many members of our team," said Zamansky, a 2010 Olympian along with Miller and Nyman. "It was really easy for us to get moving on this. We are putting together what we can, but Bode's helmet was such a big item, we wanted to get that up right away. There will be more items that we'll auction down the line."

The signed helmet is the one Miller wore for his final Olympic race, the men's slalom on Feb. 27. The auction closes Wednesday, March 10 at 5:15 p.m. ET. A separate fund raiser is planed for Warman at Sierra at Tahoe on April 13. The event will feature a dual giant slalom with current and former members of the U.S. Ski Team, plus an auction and live music by Friedman.
post #18 of 19
 I started reading this thread with the idea that I'd get a last jolt of Olympic stoke, but I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes, knowing the path that she will be taking, and feeling the love and support of the skiing community as it surrounds her.

Love and prayers to Pam...
kudos to Bode for his donation...
post #19 of 19
FYI,

The helmet is now going for $8,100, with two days of bidding left.
Quote:
Originally Posted by 911over View Post

With the Olympics over - life continues.  The good and the not so good.  Here is some good. Bode Miller has donated his autographed  Olympic helmet to a fundraiser helping to pay the medical expenses of a wonderful person who is now battling cancer.  It is the start of an event to be held at a Tahoe ski resort in April.  I'll post the April event when details are set.

But for now, another helmet thread :

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=180475141285&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_500wt_1182
 
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