Reg Green, the boy's father, was on hand as the skiers lined
up here at the Tracouet slopes in the Swiss Alps above Nendaz.
He stood just behind the starting gate beaming with excitement
and pride as one skier after another pushed through the starting
gate and descended the slopes, negotiating the turns around
the slalom flags and heading for the finish line down below.
Dressed in brightly colored ski jackets, the participants
looked every bit the part of serious competitors. The youngest
recipients went down the slopes with a parent astride them
and elicited loud cheers, clanking cow bells, and admiring
looks from the observers.
After the last skier had crossed the finish line, the group
headed back up the ski lift for a presentation ceremony at
the top of the mountain. The Nicholas Cup (shown left, held
by the daughter of organizer Liz Schick) was awarded to Stoppa
Guilia, a transplant recipient from Slovenia.
Reg Green, clearly filled with emotion, commented that the
experience had been "the most satisfying sporting event I've