Aspen Spora: Donates to help people out in Truckee Tahoe |

Aspen Spora: Donates to help people out in Truckee Tahoe

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CR Johnson said to Aspen Spora, and#8220;Youand#8217;re an old soul.and#8221; Spora, a soft-spoken, serious 9-year-old, recently donated $100 to High Fives Non-Profit Foundation after watching a video online. It showed a metal lion holding a banner with and#8220;CR, Reign Supremeand#8221; cut out of it. Spora wanted to savor the good memories he holds of CR and#8212; with whom he holds a true simpatico and#8212; and to also help people out.

and#8220;Itand#8217;s really special to me that I got to hang out with him when he got back into skiing,and#8221; said Spora dreamily of CR Johnson, the well-loved Truckee freeskier, killed in a skiing accident last February. and#8220;It was special to ski with such a great soul.and#8221;

The two unlikely ski mates first met at the Camp of Champions at Whistler in summer of 2009. Spora began racing at age 3, moved into the free skiing arena at age 7 and is sponsored by Spyder and 4front. Spora left his jacket and suit at the Camp, and asked CR if he could bring it home. So it began.

When Spora and his mother Stacy went to pick up the suit, CR invited them in to show the jackets he was designing. and#8220;He was so stoked to show us the designs, we were there for an hour,and#8221; she said.

The ski icon and small ski fry simply connected. Spora went to CRand#8217;s house to watch ski movies; they skied a whole day at Squaw Valley. CR even picked Spora up at 7-11 where they lunched together. Stacy Spora recalls that CR touched her son in so may ways, telling him positive things about skiing, about life.

At CRand#8217;s memorial, Aspen Spora donated $10 to High-Fives, an organization created to raise money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community.

After the memorial, Spora had a dream about the day he spent on the mountain with CR. His mother tried to wake him up, but the youngster wanted to go back into the dream: Which he did, three times. and#8220;We did that line [where CR died] in the dream and then high-fived,and#8221; whispered Spora. and#8220;To get out of the dream, we had to ski into a green wall with a red sky and yellow sun.and#8221;

Aspen Spora, ski athlete and young philanthropist, plans on placing the CR Reigns Supreme lion someplace very special. The sun will never set on some souls, old or young.

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