U.S. Ski & Snowboard today announced that Delta Air Lines, the U.S. global airline leader in safety, innovation, reliability and customer experience, is returning as its Official Airline Partner through 2023. Through this partnership, Delta will support athlete training and competition travel, as well as launch a series of female empowerment initiatives as the founding partner of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Women’s Mentorship Program.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard first teamed up with Delta in 2007, delivering athletes, coaches, staff and equipment to competition and training grounds for seven years. Delta’s involvement with the Olympics originated in the 1990s as a sponsor for both the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“Delta has been a key asset to our team throughout our history together and we are thrilled to have rekindled our relationship with them ahead of an important Olympic season,” said U.S. Ski & Snowboard Chief Revenue Officer Michael O’Conor. “We are looking forward to our new activations with this partnership, including our new female empowerment initiatives. We are excited to collaborate with Delta to help maximize overall sport inclusion, athlete support and advocation for women’s equality within the sports industry.”
A significant part of the partnership will be the implementation of several female empowerment initiatives embodying spirit, strength and inclusion. Delta is the founding partner of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Women’s Mentorship Program, which pairs women from the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team with women at Delta to meet monthly.
Delta will also collaborate with U.S. Ski & Snowboard to create content with athletes and host community events. Additionally, Delta is supporting individual athletes, including 7-time World Cup podium alpine skier Breezy Johnson, as well as five other Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls.
“We are thrilled to rejoin U.S. Ski & Snowboard ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 2022 to assist with athlete travel and the Women’s Mentorship Program,” said Molly Battin, SVP, Global Brand Marketing at Delta. “With years of experience working with the team under our belt, we know that each year will be better than the last in improving athlete experience as they go for gold.”
Along with its partnership of U.S. Ski & Snowboard, Delta is the airline partner of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and will commute Team USA athletes to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 directly to and from Beijing on charter flights.