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Textron to Sponsor U.S. Olympic Ski and Snowboard Athletes

Textron Aviation announced Monday at the National Business Aviation Association Business Aviation Convention andamp; Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), a multi-year sponsorship of U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard, the Olympic National Governing Body of ski and snowboard sports in the United States.Textron Aviation also revealed a special way to commemorate the sponsorship and an opportunity for customers to engage in the support of these elite athletes. The company unveiled a special-edition U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard interior and exterior design available for new Cessna and Beechcraft products. A portion of proceeds from every U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard-inspired aircraft sold will go directly to the organization.This sponsorship connects two organizations, both known for their passion and leadership within their respective fields. Among the sponsorship package elements are funding athletes' interest in pilot training, providing transportation for athletes during training and competition and supporting the mission of U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard and its foundation."We are thrilled to support athletes of all ages across the country, many of whom have already discovered the benefits of private aviation in reaching mountainous training destinations," said Christi Tannahill, senior vice president, Customer Experience. "We're proud to offer a visibly stunning reminder of our sponsorship through a special U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard design worthy of a medal."The special-edition design is inspired by the youthful energy of the U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard athletes, as well as the colors and textures of medals and cold climate sports. Highlights of the interior include full metallic leather glitz, dominant bright white with icy, metallic silver and aqua leather accents on seats and lower sidewall inserts along with a carpet texture that is bright in color with an intricate weave invoking groomed competition snow. The red, white and blue paint scheme gives the aircraft a sporty and patriotic feel.Four current U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard athletes have started their pilot journeys and will serve as Textron Aviation Ambassadors, inspiring future pilots while progressing their pilot skills."We are so excited to welcome Textron Aviation as the exclusive general aviation aircraft and aviation products sponsor," said Michael O'Conor, chief revenue officer, U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard. "Their support will touch every aspect of our organization, from the U.S. Ski andamp; Snowboard Foundation, to supporting our athletics, to processional aviation career advancement for a number of our athletes."
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