Jesse Thielke & Family - Rio 2016

$15,065 of $25k goal

Raised by 177 people in 10 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Jesse David Thielke
on behalf of Pam Thielke
 GERMANTOWN, WI

Wrestling in the Olympics has always been a dream for me since I was in second grade.  In 2012, the first time I tried out for the Olympics, I placed 4th.  That was not going to make the Olympic team.   It was then that I realized in order for me to make the Olympic Team in 2016, I would need to make changes as to how I train in Greco-Roman wrestling.  I qualified to take an “Olympic Year” off from college in 2015 and moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  This past year I have been training harder than ever and pushing myself beyond what I thought I was truly capable of doing.  I also spent time overseas to learn from some of the best wrestlers in the world, preparing me for the next Olympic Trials. 


I won the Olympic Trials in early April of 2016, making the team.  But, I had one obstacle in my way in order to compete in the Olympics.  My 59 kilo weight class, which is 130 pounds, had not been qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  So, just days after the Olympics Trials in Iowa, I got on a plane for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to compete in a world level tournament, trying to qualify my weight class.  In this tournament only the top three placers would qualify for the games.  This tournament did not go well for me but, I had one more chance to “punch” my ticket to Rio.  I traveled from Mongolia to Istanbul, Turkey trying to fulfill my lifelong dream.  This final qualifying tournament would be loaded with past Olympians, medalists, and veteran wrestlers from the best wrestling countries in the world.  I would need to do what most called a “miracle”, to beat them all and make it to the finals. 

Guess what? Miracles do happen!!!  I made it to the finals, finishing 2nd place with a silver medal.  I had finally earned the right to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics Games.


During my entire wrestling journey my faith, family and true friends have always supported me. There were times when wrestling was not fun for me, or them. They always believed and encouraged me to continue to be the best I can be and “never waste a minute”. They have been there for all the pain, sweat and tears of joy and also some of the tough times.  The sport of Greco-Roman wrestling demands the highest level of physical training; yet, it's the emotional preparation which is even more important.  As an athlete, the most important emotional support is seeing and hearing family and friends in the stands during a tournament.   
 


This brings me to the reason of this letter and my Go Fund Me Account. It would mean so much to me to have my family there to be the emotional “ROCK” while I fulfill this dream as an Olympian for the USA. Please help me support my family to Rio and the Olympic Games.  All funds raised will be used for travel, lodging, airfare, and tickets to the games.  Pam Thielke will handle all funds on my behalf. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.


GO TEAM USA!

Sincerely,

Jesse David Thielke
USA Wrestling Olympian
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 3.2K shares on Facebook
Update 7
Posted by Jesse Thielke
7 months ago
   Share
Thank you all for your support and prayers getting my family to RIO. We all had an incredible experience. It was a dream come true for all of us. I could hear my family in the stands cheering the loudest. I felt so happy and proud to have them with me. That was the strength I needed to continue. When I finished, 9th in the world they were so proud of me that I was o.k. with not winning the gold medal I hoped for. It was a hard reality to face, but there is another Olympics in 4 years to train for now. 2020 in Tokyo will be my focus and making the World Team again. We are all looking forward to that trip next:)
Thank You!
Jesse David Thielke
+ Read More
Update 6
Posted by Jesse Thielke
7 months ago
   Share
From the entire Thielke Family, THANK YOU to everyone.
"Team Thielke" Family send-off
Good Luck to Jesse - Thielke Family
+ Read More
Update 5
Posted by Jesse Thielke
7 months ago
   Share
Thank you to everyone helping me bring my Family to Rio. Our T-shirt sales are going good and just a short time before the Olympic Games begin.

I have posted our T-shirt Sale information for anyone who is still interested in supporting.

God Bless,

Jesse Thielke
"Team Thielke"
T-Shirt Sales
+ Read More
Update 4
Posted by Jesse Thielke
8 months ago
   Share
WAGO proudly supports their hometown Olympian
WAGO Corporation Germantown, Wisconsin
+ Read More
Help spread the word!
 3.2K shares on Facebook
Read a Previous Update
Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.

$15,065 of $25k goal

Raised by 177 people in 10 months
No Longer Accepting Donations
 Share on Facebook
Created May 11, 2016
Jesse David Thielke  
on behalf of Pam Thielke
RR
$100
Richard Reilly
7 months ago

Congratulations Jesse!! We are cheering for you!!

JM
$50
Jim & Mickey Millonzi
7 months ago

Wishing you the best.

JM
$30
Jacob Moczynski
7 months ago

Can't wait to see you bring that gold medal home. We'll be cheering you on back home!

JC
$20
Julie and Tomkin Coleman
7 months ago
CK
$1,000
Christina Kelley
7 months ago
BK
$25
Bruce Kahn
7 months ago
DK
$35
David Kliss
7 months ago
DM
$200
Dar Mor
7 months ago
NS
$75
Nate Steinbrecher
7 months ago

Get after it!

FG
$100
Frank Grahek
7 months ago

Good luck Jesse!

Be the first to leave a comment on this campaign.
or
Or, use your email…
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy policy
There's an issue with this Campaign Organizer's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a $5 donation can help!
Donate Now

Pledge now, give later.

Pledge Now
You won't be charged for this pledge. We'll let Jesse know that you have pledged support.
Thank you!
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.