My goal is to rise through the levels of the USA Luge team in hopes of representing the United States at future Olympic and World Cup competitions.
How did I get into the sport? In the summer of 2016, I participated in a USA Luge slider search. Approximately 600 kids throughout the United Stated participated in the slider search and I was one of the few selected to attend a screening camp in Lake Placid. I was then informed I was one of five girls named to the Lake Placid developmental team .
Once I went down the track in Lake Placid, I knew this sport was for me. I grew up riding on snowmobiles in the winter and racing go-karts in the summer and I’ve always liked to go fast.
At this level costs will be around $15,000 per season which includes coaching, food/lodging, transportation, equipment, tutoring and race entry fees. Neither the United States Luge Association nor the United States Olympic Committee provide direct financial support for candidate team athletes, so all athletes are self-funded. Any unused funds will be used for future seasons or donated to USA Luge to support the organization and other athletes.
I will be training in Lake Placid, NY., Park City, UT., Whistler, BC, Canada, and Sigulda, Latvia. When away from Lake Placid, I will continue with strength training and conditioning while continuing my education.
Any donation you can make to help me reach my goal would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support. Our family truly appreciates your generosity and support through this wonderful opportunity.
For more information on the sport of luge, go to USA Luge
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