Olympic Hopeful to train at Monument Health Sports Performance Institute

RAPID CITY, S.D. – An Olympic hopeful from Rapid City has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Monument Health Sports Performance Institute.

A signing ceremony was held on Tuesday for Martin Christofferson who’s competes in bobsledding.

Christofferson graduated from Rapid City Stevens in 2018.

Last year, he attended the U.S. bobsled combine, where he broke the all-time broad jump record and earned a spot on the U.S. Developmental Team.

Christofferson has been traveling between Park City, UT and Lake Placid, NY for training.

But due to Covid-19, Christofferson will now spend most of his time in Rapid City and continue his training at the Monument Health Sports Performance Institute and receive financial support.

“A lot of bobsled athletes are self funded,” Martin Christofferson said. “But now with a place to come and train and money to fly myself out to the training center and back, it’s just a dream come true. And to be able to represent such a great company at the same time. It’s a win win in my book.”

“I think he’s got a great opportunity in front of him with a lot of hard work to get to that level,” said Mark Longacre, President of Monument Health Orthopedic and Specialty Hospital. “But we’re excited just to be able to play a small part in whatever it takes to help him physically train and be able to compete at that level.”

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