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"Winter Is In Trouble": 75 Olympic Medalists And Other Winter Sports Athletes Urge Obama Action On Climate, Clean Energy

As Pro Snowboarder Jeremy Jones Receives White House "Champions of Change" Award, He and 75 Top Athletes Speak Out for 23 Million Winter Sports Enthusiasts, $12.2 Billion Winter Tourism Industry

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Warning that "winter is in trouble," 75 Olympic medalists and other winter sports athletes – including White House "Champion of Change" awardee and pro snowboarder Jeremy Jones – are sending a letter to President Obama today urging the President to take action on climate and clean energy.

The representatives of the global snow sports community signing the letter include X Games champions and World Champion snowboarders, alpine/Nordic skiers and professional climbers, including:

  • Olympic gold and silver medalist Julia Mancuso ( Olympic Valley, CA)
  • Olympic silver medalist and four-time X Games gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler ( Aspen, CO)
  • 10-time Big Mountain Rider of the Year Jeremy Jones ( Truckee, CA)
  • Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion, seven-time X Games champion Lindsey Jacobellis ( Stratton, VT)
  • Two-time Olympian and six-time X Games gold medalist Nate Holland ( Truckee, CA)
  • Olympic gold & silver medalist, six-time X Games medalist, six-time World Cup champion Hannah Teter ( Belmont, VT)
  • 2010 Olympian , Nordic skier Kikkan Randall ( Anchorage, AK)
  • Five-time winner Powder Magazine's Best Female Performer Ingrid Backstrom ( Seattle, WA)
  • Two-time World Freeskiing champion Chris Davenport ( Aspen, CO)
  • Two-time World Freeskiing champion, Kit Deslauriers ( Jackson, WY)
  • 2013 World champion, X Games medalist Arielle Gold ( Steamboat Springs, CO)

For a full list of signers, go to www.protectourwinters.org/athleteletter.

"Without a doubt, winter is in trouble," the letter states. "… at risk are the economies of tourist-dependent states where winter tourism generates $12.2 billion in revenue annually, supports 212,000 jobs and $7 billion in salaries.  Those are the jobs and businesses owned by our friends and families, generators of billions in federal and state income."

Jones is being honored on April 11 at a White House ceremony along with other "Champions of Change," in recognition of "ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world."

Jones is being recognized for his contribution to raising awareness about the impact of climate change on the winter sports industry by creating "Protect Our Winters," a foundation established in 2007 to unite and mobilize the global winter sports community against climate change.

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