Sochi Bound Fundraiser
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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 !!!!