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Kyle Tress for the Olympic Games

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Raised by 32 people in 6 months
My Olympic journey began in 2002 with an article in the New York Times: "Bone-Shaking Slide to Gold By 3rd-Generation Olympian". Like many people, I had never heard of skeleton - the sport had just been reintroduced to the Olympics after a 48-year hiatus - but the story resonated with me. The U.S. team won 3 medals in those Olympics, and a brand new generation of athletes - myself included - fell in love with the sport. I knew immediately that this was what I wanted to do with my life.  

12 years later I earned a spot on the 2014 Olympic Team. It was one of the proudest moments of my life. Getting there was the hardest thing I've ever done. It took a lot of luck, dedication, funding, failure, perserverence, pain, injury, and grit to make it to the Games. 

Today, 16 years after I took my first run down the track, I am entering my final year of competition. I want to go out on top by qualifying for my 2nd Olympic Games this February. To succeed, I need some help




Despite being an Olympian,  a World Cup athlete, and an elected representative to both the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Bobsled/Skeleton, I receive no direct financial support from USA Bobsled/Skeleton. I work two jobs while training full-time to pay my bills and training expenses, but this year, I need to buy new equipment to give myself the very best chance of earning a spot on the 2018 Olympic Team. 




I was disappointed in my performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, and I know I can do better. Every cent I raise will go towards my sled and runners, which will cost approximately $10,500. 

If you can't donate at this time, the very best way to help is to pass this link on to anyone you know who might be able to support me on the road to PyeongChang in 2018.



Thank you so much for supporting me, for participating in this journey, and for being part of Team USA!
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My sled has arrived, and I've taken the first few runs down the Calgary track on it (and have the bruises to prove it). It's fantastic, and I'm so excited to get the season started. I have a few things to share with you today, starting with a POV video of the track in Calgary. It's not a particularly fast or difficult track, but it does have a few tricky sections that you have to get right to go fast. https://youtu.be/LGdwFcOkEhc

The weather has been a bit spotty here in Calgary, with warm sunny days followed by snow and clouds. Race day weather seems to be cooperative this weekend however, so I'm hopeful we will have a fair race.

I'm having some minor knee issues, so my push start isn't as competitive as it needs to be. Fortunately, we have a good medical team with us in Calgary and I'm confident I'll be ready for the races this Saturday and Sunday.

I'll send an update after the first two races letting you know how I did on my new sled! I'm nearing the end of my fundraiser, so I'd like to make one final push to the end. If you could share this fundraiser with a friend (or donate once again) I would appreciate it so much. Wish me luck, and thank you again for being part of my 2018 Olympic experience!

My new sled
Calgary skeleton POV
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What a great week (thank you everyone!). I'd like to give a warm welcome to the new contributors who have helped me get closer to achieving my goal. Less than a week from today, I'll be heading to Calgary for the first two Olympic selection races. I like the track in Calgary. It's what we call a "gliding track" - not too technical - where the less steering you can do, the better. The best approach for tracks like Calgary is to have a fast sprint at the beginning, and to let speed build through the entire run. Minimize mistakes, minimize steering, and maybe most importantly, have a great equipment setup. I started this campaign so I could buy new equipment, and I'm confident my new sled and runners will fit the Calgary track well. I will find out in a few days!

Once I arrive in Calgary, I'll start sharing some photos and videos from the track, and from my preparation before training and competition. It should be a lot of fun. It's great to have you as part of my team, and thanks again for being s part of this season!
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It's been such a great first week! I want to thank you all so much for donating to my campaign. I really can't explain what this means to me; there are many good causes to which you could donate and I'm very appreciative. I mean it when I say that I couldn't compete this season if it weren't for your support.

Skeleton starts in a little less than three weeks. I'm always excited to start a new season, but this one feels different. As I've mention, it's my last one (which is exciting in its own right), but there is another benefit I haven't talked much about. One of the biggest challenges I've faced as an athlete is the pressure I put on myself to succeed. I felt it before the 2014 Olympics. I've certainly felt it these past few years. Some athletes thrive on that pressure, while others struggle. I'm often in my own head too much, and thinking about past results, upcoming races, points, positions, etc. is detrimental to my performance. This year, things feel different. I've had an excellent summer of training, which is reassuring. But more importantly, I know that no matter what - whether I make the Olympics or not - I've done everything I can do to give myself a chance. Knowing the end is near (after 16 long years!) makes me appreciative of every run, every race, every day on the track with my friends and teammates. The pressure to prove myself is gone. Now I can enjoy this final year, and hopefully cap it off with one last race in the Olympics.

In a few weeks, I'll begin my 'behind the scenes' newsletter, so I'd love to hear from you about the kinds of things you want to see. What are you curious about when it comes to the Olympics? What questions do you have about skeleton, our equipment, our training, or our races?
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