Sochi Bound Fundraiser

$14,445 of $25k goal

Raised by 87 people in 42 months
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!

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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Update 8
33 months ago

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 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!
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Update 7
33 months ago

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, 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!
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Update 6
33 months ago

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!

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Update 5
33 months ago

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 !!!!
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$14,445 of $25k goal

Raised by 87 people in 42 months
Created April 30, 2013
Coach Gaiser
32 months ago

Go Kyle! USA, USA, USA ...

Suzanne Landolfi
32 months ago

Good Luck Kyle!

Connie Vanselous & family Marty Bean & Family
32 months ago

What a great accomplishment!

Lindsey Richards
32 months ago

The first day I met you in 9th Grade Science Class ... I knew you were destined for the Olympics!!! ...GOOD LUCK KICK BUTT!!!

Beverly Cage
32 months ago

Good luck at the Olympics

Marilynn Abrams
32 months ago

Good Luck!

Valerie Hayes
32 months ago

Good luck! Enjoy the adventure. Praying for you and all the participants to have a safe and fabulous journey!

Don & Lorraine Ford
32 months ago

Congratulations ! We'll be watching and cheering for you !!

Michael Lamb
32 months ago
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