Photo Gallery: Day Two of the Wells Fargo Ski Cup (with video) |

Photo Gallery: Day Two of the Wells Fargo Ski Cup (with video)

Winter Park Resort woke up to about four new inches of snow this morning, but that didn’t stop an enormous crowd from coming our to support the 43rd Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup. Racers and spectators braved sub-freezing temperatures and bitter, frigid winds to assure the Corporate Challenge went off without a hitch.

Thirty teams entered the competition, but only one emerged victorious. The Future Leaders 2 Team, associated with the National Sports Center for the Disabled, out-dueled the Wells Fargo Wheels and team Ski for NSCD to become the 2018 champions, taking home a nice $2,000 check in the process.

“It’s good to be part of a winning team,” said Gerald Hayden, a former Paralympian who participated on team Future Leaders 2. “It was good. It’s a pretty straight course. I just tried to open it up and it worked out across the finish line.”

While victory always tastes good, the primary focus of the event is raising money for the National Sports Center for the Disabled. The Wells Fargo Ski Cup acts as the NSCD’s biggest fundraiser of the year, reeling in more than $250,000 for the organization last year.

“What an amazing day,” said Kim Easton, president and CEO at the NSCD. “There’s people everywhere, with so much enthusiasm and so much energy. We’ve just had the best day.”

The Wells Fargo Ski Cup continues Sunday with the Kids Snowplow Sprint, and perhaps the weekends biggest event, the Sarah Holm Memorial World Disabled Invitational.

“Its just an opportunity to come out here and give back to the community,” said David Bruton Jr., former safety and special teams captain for the Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos. “You get to see all these great athletes, no matter what their disabilities or capabilities are, come out here and compete, win and have fun.”

The winning run of the Corporate Challenge.

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