High Five #HighFivesAthlete Tony Schmiesing for achieving his Arcade Belt Goal #4!
- GOAL 1 – To ski with the High Fives Foundation. (COMPLETED in 2011)
- GOAL 2 – To hit a wall feature in the terrain park. (COMPLETED in 2012)
- GOAL 3 – To ski Superpipe. (COMPLETED in 2013)
- GOAL 4 – To become the first bi-skier in history to heli-ski in Alaska. (COMPLETED in 2014)
A C4-5 quadriplegic as the result of the spinal cord injury suffered at a beach where he grew up, and currently battling Syringmyelia, Tony’s tenacious surf/skate/ski DNA has pushed him through all sorts of obstacles and has lead him into an endlessly surprising and beautiful life. Tony was bitten hard by the bi-ski bug when he hooked up with the folks over at Disabled Sports USA – Far West at Alpine Meadows and the stoke hasn’t subsided. With assistance from Empowerment Fund, he looks to really push things forward in his skiing.
With Tony’s new found love for the sport of skiing, all of his goals in the High Fives – Arcade Goal Belt Program have been focused around skiing. Starting with the goal of simply skiing with the High Fives Foundation, no one could have imagined that Tony would be the first bi-skier to heli-ski Alaskan peaks. But in March 2014 Tony did just that, accomplishing his 4th goal in truly remarkable fashion.