Dear Elite Athletes, Coaches, Hometown Heroes and Teams,
Welcome to the Salomon Athlete Force - Salomon Sports US Nordic Sponsorship Program. Salomon Athlete Force searches for the best athletes, coaches, hometown heroes, and teams to represent Salomon, the world’s leading Nordic brand. Get sponsored and Make History!
Since 1979, with the introduction of the Salomon Nordic System (SNS), Salomon has been the undisputed leader in Nordic boots and bindings. Three seasons ago, Salomon used its unequaled Nordic expertise, innovation and passion to create skis – the results were outstanding and exceeded everyone’s expectations. If you are one of this nation’s best athletes, coaches, hometown heroes or teams and would like to gain unparalleled support from the world’s leading Nordic brand, apply to the Salomon Athlete Force today and start Making History tomorrow! Sponsorship is available for skis and/or boots and bindings – with preference given to those using Salomon’s complete system.
Salomon’s ‘08/09 ski line has been finely tuned from the Salomon '07/08 ski line that won more USSA SuperTour races than any other brand. Our ‘08/09 Equipe 10 “Black Beauty Skis” are the lightest and easiest fitting skis available. The classic ski utilizes a breakthrough “heel-toe” camber, for unprecedented kick. The skate ski takes our proven “stiff but low riding carbon camber” and now has a warm snow “tip splay” ski to reduce wet suction, or a cold snow “long tip” ski to better melt cold snow creating a smooth, fast glide. Our ‘08/09 S-lab boots remain the same world leading boots and mate with our extraordinary bumperless Pilot Classic and Pilot Skate bindings for the ultimate winning combination.
Why AF Sponsorship? Best Products, Best Support, Best Athletes
We have developed the Salomon Athlete Force sponsorship pipeline to help increase the level of skiing nationwide by providing athletes, coaches and teams in the country with the best support and access to Salomon products.
The Salomon Athlete Force pipeline has been instrumental in helping top US athletes, including over half of the present US Ski Team including its leaders Andy Newell, Kikkan Randall Make History. Salomon Athlete Force members won more events at the 2008 US National Championships than any other ski and/or boot brand. Salomon Athlete Force members comprised 13 of the 25 spots on the 2008 Canmore World Cup Team with 7 of those athletes being on Salomon Skis Boots and Bindings, again better than any other ski brand.
World cup athletes continue to make Salomon boots and bindings their choice including Jens Arne Svartedal, Petter Nortung, Renato Pasini, Cristian Zorzi, Riita Liisa Roponen,Vassili Rotchev, Evgeni Dementiev, Viola Bauer, Mathias Fredriksson, Anders Soedergren, Jens Filbrich, Kristin Sterra. In their second full year on the world cup Salomon skis have quickly become a mainstay on the World Cup podium. Mats Larsson, Peter Larsson, Emmanuel Jonnier, Jean-Marc Gaillard and our own Ivan Babikov have stood atop the World Cup podiums on Salomon “Black Beauty Boots and Skis”.
The Salomon Athlete Force will provide you with the resources, staff and support you need to Make History. At most major US and international event, Salomon Athlete Force staff and their Salomon Race service staff throughout the world will be on hand to help you. We will be there to help you with your skis or provide new skis or boots & bindings for you to test and use. Whether you are racing at Junior Olympics, Senior Nationals, SuperTours, Junior Worlds, World Masters, World Championships or even the Olympics, you will have access to the expertise, support and care that only Salomon’s integrated worldwide racing program can offer. Start chasing your skiing dreams today.
Your Salomon Equipe 10 skis will be selected for you from the Salomon LAB in Annecy, France. As a member of the Salomon Athlete Force, you will have early access to a multitude of Salomon Nordic products as well as Salomon running shoes, apparel and luggage. Athlete Force members will also have special pricing to other Factory Team sponsors’ products (including Swix, Craft, Rudy Project, and Gary Fisher/Lemond Bikes).
As an Athlete Force member you will receive unparalleled support and product. In return you will be expected to serve as a proactive spokesperson and ambassador for the sport of cross-country skiing and the Salomon brand. Upon acceptance to the program you will receive your Salomon Athlete Force order form. Your acceptance and product order acts as an agreement and requires you to use Salomon boots and bindings and/or skis exclusively for racing and training.
How to Become a Member
To become a member of the program you simply need to fill out the application and send it in prior to the April 30, 2008 deadline. All applications must be sent via email to email@example.com. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Application will be reviewed as they arrive so get yours in early to gain priority. If you have questions please call (406) 585-2660. All 07-08 members must reapply.
Levels of Sponsorship:
Because we want only the very best athletes, coaches and hometown heroes to represent the world’s leading Nordic brand, Salomon, we have set up 5 strict and exclusive sponsorship tiers. Our 5-tier system rewards improvement. The criteria for Platinum, Gold, ZEOLit, Silver and Bronze are detailed below. Sponsorship is available for boots/bindings and/or skis with preference given to those selecting the complete system.
The complete sponsorship package at the Bronze, Silver, ZEOLit, Gold and Platinum levels will be detailed upon acceptance into the program. If you feel you can be a valuable addition to the Salomon family, please apply. If you are presently an Athlete Force member but do not need new boots, bindings or skis for next year, please reapply so you can take advantage of our other Athlete Force privileges and services.
Athlete Force Acceptance:
Each applicant will be e-mailed when we receive your application. If you are not contacted via e-mail please assume we did not receive your application and contact us before the deadline. After reviewing each application we will determine if you qualify and which level of sponsorship we can offer you. We will notify each applicant via e-mail as they are/or are not accepted to the Salomon Athlete Force.
Factory Team: www.enjoywinter.com:
If you qualify for Senior Level Gold or Platinum level sponsorship and are interested in becoming a member of the Saab Salomon Factory Team www.enjoywinter.com, please check the Factory Team sponsorship box along with your Gold or Platinum box. The Saab Salomon Factory Team is designed to support, promote and reward Gold/Platinum Athlete Force members who have shown loyalty to Salomon as they extend their careers after college.
Qualifying standards for Salomon’s Bronze, Silver, ZEOLit, Gold and Platinum Sponsorship:
Meeting and exceeding these standards means we will consider you for sponsorship, but does not guarantee sponsorship. Athletes who have completed their NCAA eligibility may submit NCAA results for consideration. Athlete may submit other results for our consideration.
Special (Cross-Country). To be considered for:
Bronze: Athlete must meet at least one of these qualifications.
Silver: Athlete must meet at least one of these qualifications.
ZEOLit: athlete must meet at least one of these qualifications.
Gold: Athlete must meet at least one of these qualifications.
Platinum athlete must meet at least one of these qualifications.
Nordic Combined. To be considered for:
Disabled. To be considered for:
Biathlon. To be considered for:
Coaches Force and Hometown Hero. To be considered:
Must have nomination from Salomon retailer and
The Salomon Athlete Force will accept only athletes/coaches/heroes who meet the minimum ranking requirements and demonstrate the character and conviction necessary to succeed in promoting the sport and the Salomon brand. Athletes must have a coach, a training history and a training plan. The Salomon Athlete Force seeks athletes/coaches who demonstrate dedication to the sport, show athletic improvement and possess concrete goals for success.