Get me to the Olympics!!

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Raised by 102 people in 31 months
Hello hello, I am Patrick Halgren from Tolland, CT, USA.

5 years ago I lost my the majority of my left leg in a motor cycle accident. i was speeding, late for work and i came around a corner i knew all to well, and i knew i carried too much speed for said corner, i vered off the road edging closer to the edge fast, i saw a farm field just ahead in the midst of a forrest, i thought i was in luck.  i got ready to go "offroad" and just as i entered the field of long hay i struck a hidden boulder throwing me and me motorcycle into a phone pole pinning me in-between. i woke up a month later to realize i was missing something. Since then I have been pursuing my dream of representing the US ski team in the Paralympics. However for me to do this, I need your help!

I'm raising funds to continue my training and to start competing nationally as an alpine adaptive ski racer.

There are three developmental teams in the U.S.  Two are in Colorado and the other in Utah. I have been invited to train with these teams and have completed one season as a standing one legged skier.  with these teams costs comes only training, basically you pay to get good coaches who specialize in racers with disabilities.  It is full on training 5 days a week we run gates in the morning have a lunch break watch and get feedback on our video of training that morning, and then back to training and running gates in the afternoon.  after i go to the gym to work out the kinks i go to work to support myself and "pay the bills". 

This and lots of gate time will be vital in turning me into the fastest man with one leg!

I will still remain self-supported and will rely on my own funds for all travel, race costs , and all FIS certified equipment. skiing is a very expensive hobby for most, and while i've been chasing the snow working at resorts for a staff pass i am fighting an uphill battle with little training and coaching myself. I will be using the funds I raise directly to compete at the top international level and earn my spot on the U.S. Paralympic ski team.

If you want any more information, or to get in touch for any reason feel free to contact me patrickhalgren@yahoo.com
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With a little more than 400 days to go I have been training in Winter Park Colorado for about a month, which is well known for its adaptive skiing program. I am already seeing some big improvements in my skiing and learning a lot...

I am motivated by PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games which will be take place March 9-18, 2018 where athletes will compete in 80 medal events across six sports.

The first Paralympic Winter Games took place in Örnsköldsvik in Sweden in 1976 and featured two alpine disciplines - slalom and giant slalom.

To make it to the Olympics, I must be singular in my focus almost to the point of obsession. This is to the detriment of most other things in life, including money—both earning money, which takes my focus off of training, and accumulating money, as the little earnings I make on the side is spent on things like equipment, trainers, travel, and coaching.

I am a believer that where there is a will, there is a way, but in dire need of financial support, so please help fund my dream, if you cannot donate today, sharing this post would be awesome.
Breckenridge Colorado December 2016
Working out in Breckenridge
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$8,490 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 102 people in 31 months
Created April 25, 2016
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JG
$50
Jason Guttman
2 months ago

Great meeting you at the Remarkables. Just saw footage on unofficial networks of your freeride comp runs. Awesome bro!

JS
$25
Jennifer Smith
9 months ago

Keep going, Patrick!

$100
Anonymous
13 months ago
$25
Anonymous
14 months ago
MH
$100
Marie Hoglund
14 months ago

Good Luck!

GS
$75
Gavin Sullivan
14 months ago

Saw your colleagues raising funds at the Remarkables. Good luck!

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