Dorcas Denhartog—who now goes by the surname Wonsavage—began cross country skiing when she was a senior in high school. Her dad splurged and bought her a pair of Fischer RCS skis, a relatively early model of the Austrian manufacturer’s flagship racing ski. For decades, however, the RCS was one of the top skis on the market for both skate and classic, and they set the stage for Wonsavage’s future career. During her undergraduate years, Wonsavage walked onto the Middlebury College ski team after being recruited to the school on a field hockey scholarship. Eventually, she competed at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Alberta.
“We were amateurs in the truest sense,” Wonsavage explains. “It was definitely hand to mouth, if you didn’t make the team from one year to the next it was very difficult to consider moving on to keep racing the following year.” Since attending her first Junior Nationals at Lake Placid Fischer had been her primary equipment sponsor, providing her with free skis—RCS’s to be specific.