Thank you all for the continuing support! The love is real!
I'm excited to say that I we left for Sochi yesterday! This is the most amazing feeling, I begin my journey to the Olympics today and it wouldn't be possible without all your support. I will do my best to update as frequently as possible from inside the village.
We went through team processing before we departed for Sochi and received our visas for entry into Russia.
I just updated www.KyleCarr.com with some photos of the journey so far. Check it out.
Thank you so much for all of the love and support and for helping my family travel to the Olympics with me! Checking out from Sochi!
Thank you so much for the continuing support! You have all, in some way, contributed to this amazing journey and I look forward to representing my country at the Olympic Games.
For those of you that don't already know, kylecarr.com wen't live last night! I'm excited to have this new medium as a source to share my experience at the Olympic Games with everyone.
I just wrapped up Olympic trials on January 5th, 2014 and have not had time to financially plan for this quick turnaround. As you can imagine, a trip to Russia is far from cheap and far outside the income of an amateur athlete. I am currently trying to raise funds to send my fiance and family to watch me compete at the Games.
After days of breaking down the cost for this last minute trip we are looking at about $3,000 for a flight, $3,000 for a hotel and $1,000 in misc. items (visa, passes, etc...). Any amount donated will go a long way for us during this new endeavor!
Thank you so much to everyone that has supported, and the people who continue to support, me on this journey! I am so touched that there are so many people out there with an interest in my skating.
With about a month away from opening ceremonies I can not believe that this dream will become a reality. I am more than honored to represent my friends, family, community and country at the Olympic Games.
I plan on updating frequently and also blogging, more details to come!
Well Olympic Trials has come to a close and I am proud to say that I will be representing my country at the Olympic Games.
I don't quite have words for the feelings but I am more than ready to represent my country at the highest level of competition!
I hope Sochi is ready for #TeamUSA !!!!
Today the racing season begins! First competition of the season. We have Time Trials today, racing begins tomorrow and continues through the weekend. If you can not make it to the Utah Olympic Oval to watch there will be a free (from what I understand) live feed on icenetwork.com. Thanks for the all the support!
LETS DO THIS!
Today our team resumes training again after a short break for the 4th of July. Our first race is quickly approaching, last weekend in August. Word has it, NBC has the rights and will broadcast Olympic Trials live, so no more internet streaming, we'll be on prime time TV! A huge thank you to all the generous donors and to all my supporters. Thank you for helping make my dream possible, now let's crush it!
As some of you know Kyle Carr is a short track speedskater and 2014 Winter Olympic hopeful. Kyle is such a cool "kid" with an unbelievably rare gift. He started speed skating competitively at the age of 3 as a "miniature roller speed skater" and hasn't stopped his need for speed!
In 2001 Kyle traded in the wood floor for the ice and made the full transition from roller skates to short track speed skating. In February of 2004, Kyle competed in the US National Age Group
Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. Kyle was feeling tired but had one last race
in the competition, the 3000-meter race, or 27 laps. Kyle was determined to win. With his legs shaking uncontrollably and heart pounding through his chest, Kyle
crossed the finish line in 1st place and broke the national record. This is Kyle, determined. Since that race, Kyle has become even more
determined and hungry for an Olympic medal.
In 2005 Kyle participated in his first
International competition at the Junior World Championships and World Cups, at
a senior level, where he earned his first World Cup medal (gold) in the 5000
meter relay event in Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia. Just a few
months after making the team and a few weeks shy of Kyle's first shot at the
Olympic Team, Kyle was involved in an accident on the ice and broke his ankle. It took
Kyle almost a full 4 years to recover from the accident and gain the strength
to train on the level he was at prior to breaking his ankle. Speed skating did
not stop advancing and neither did the skaters. After playing catch-up with
extra hours of training, Kyle has successfully gotten his gift back and was
invited to train in Salt Lake City, Utah with the US Speed Skating National
Racing Program. While training with the best athletes this Nation has to offer,
Kyle has had some of his best years yet, making various World Cup and World
Championships teams and earning several medals along the way.
Kyle has an amazing opportunity to make the Olympic Team and he needs to focus as much as he possibly can. While as glamorous as training to be an
Olympian sounds, Kyle's dream of being a 2014 Olympian comes with great
sacrifice. Kyle has had to juggle training full-time and working part time
instead of resting in the summer months, he works full time and trains part
time. Due to the amount of training and dedication required this season to make
the Olympic Team, Kyle has had to leave the desk behind and focus entirely on
skating. Kyle has HUGE skates and a HUGE HEART to match, every little bit helps, let's get "Speed Skater" to Sochi, Russia!
Quick update 1.7.2014 Kyle Carr has qualified for the Olympic Team!!!!! GO USA!
Accomplishments: 2006 Junior World Championship Team 2006 World Cup Team 2007 Winter University Games Team 2010-2012 World Championship Team 2012 3rd Overall at US Single Distance Championship 2010-2013 World Cup Team 5 World Cup Medals and 1 World Championship Medal (1 Gold, 2 Silver and 3 Bronze) 2014- Qualified for US Short-track Olympic Team
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