At Wanoga Sno-Park last week I noticed a dad in a sponsored Lycra outfit with his child at the sled hill. Because I was on my way to ski with my dog on the other side of the parking lot I wasn't quite able to get a fix on the sponsor, but it appeared to be the Mattel/Crayola Factory Team. Had I been sledding I might have had the chance to ask about his sponsorship contract or possibly the pro deal he was getting on the saucer.
Does anyone know where I could get a Team Atta Boy suit, maybe, that wouldn't show the dog hair too bad? Do the Iditarod mushers wear Lycra logo wear?
I e-mailed this to my friend Charlie and he shed some light on the situation. Mattel/Crayola has a pro luge team; they are here in town to train on the new sledding hill. After the big doping scandal of 2007 (recall that Team Disney was kicked off the tour), many sponsors have sharply curtailed support. For this reason, many teams cannot afford training time at the luge tracks in Salt Lake and Lake Placid, hence their presence at Wanoga.