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Team USA Youth Bobsled

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Raised by 65 people in 4 months
Created September 12, 2018
Kelly Bullock Daugherty
During the summer of 2017, our son competed in the AAU Junior Olympic All Sports Combine events. He ran the fastest 40 yard dash of all age groups and brought home the gold, placing first in his age group. For his exceptional performance, he received an invitation from the Olympic Youth Bobsled coaching staff to spend a week in Lake Placid, NY to be introduced to and trained for the sport of bobsledding.  Blair’s athleticism was assessed by the Olympic Youth bobsled and weight lifting coaches and he was sent home with an off-season training regime until further notice. (Read more about this opportunity below.)

We are happy and excited to announce that as a result of his performance during that camp,  our son, Blair Daugherty, has just been chosen to represent Team USA as a member of the Youth Bobsled & Skeleton team in the monobob event!  He is the #1 qualifier in the youth men's event. This is a great honor and humbling experience for all of us!

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We are now soliciting sponsors and monetary donations (individual, business, and charitable ) to help send Blair to the training facility in New York and then off to competition in Lake Placid (New York), Park City (Utah), on to Calgary (Can), Bavaria (Ger), and finally the World Cup competition in Switzerland! This is over a span of about a year, but the competition cycle begins in the next couple of months.  Your sponsorship will assist with travel, lodging, meals, and some equipment to begin. With a short turnaround time, our hope is to reach our goal by November 1 as training will begin in Lake Placid shortly thereafter.


About Blair...

Blair is a 16 years old, junior in high school and lives in Northeast Ohio. He is a member of the football team, but his passion is running track, both indoor and outdoor.  His favorite events are the 100m dash, 200m dash, and 4x100m relay. He is a hard worker and does his best to excel in everything he does, be it in school or on the track.  He has two younger siblings who look up to him a great deal and he enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Two years ago, Blair knew very little about the sport of bobsledding and had no idea what opportunities would come from the experience. Today, he is an aspiring Olympic Hopeful, prepared to represent his city, state, and country with humility and great pride. He recognizes that this opportunity requires a lot of hard work and dedication, having to balance school and training, but he is up for the challenge.  He has committed himself and is looking forward to the opportunity to represent Team USA in the upcoming winter competitions. With your help, we can all make this an incredible experience for him.
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Thank you all in advance for helping us reach our goal!

The Daugherty Family on behalf of Blair Daugherty

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Mayfield sophomore Blair Daugherty invited to train in Lake Placid as Olympic bobsledding hopeful
By: Mark Podolski 

POSTED: Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 - 12:46 p.m. 
32894050_1536710388530450_r.jpegMayfield sophomore Blair Daugherty will train for a week in Lake Placid, N.Y., for a shot to compete in the 2020 Youth Olympics as a bobsledder. (Mark Podolski — The News-Herald)


Blair Daugherty is a Mayfield sophomore whose interests outside the classroom are football and track and field.

Until recently, he knew nothing of the Olympic sport of bobsledding ­- until now.

In fewer than two weeks, Daugherty and his parents will depart Jan. 21 for Lake Placid, N.Y., the site of the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The center caters to sports such as bobsled, skeleton, figure skating, hockey, luge and speed skating.

Daugherty's interest will be in the bobsled. He is one of eight teen athletes nationwide invited to train as bobsledder for a week starting Jan. 22 in the Adirondack Mountains, where the 1932 and 1980 Winter Games were held. If he performs well, Daugherty would get an invite to participate at the 2020 Youth Olympics in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Getting invited was due to good timing. Last summer, Daugherty competed AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit and during a combine competition, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds. It was the best for all age groups.

"Someone there gave me a piece of paper that said I was invited," said Daugherty. "I was surprised."

Surprised because Daugherty wasn't sure what bobsledding was as an Olympic sport. His introduction was watching "Cool Runnings," which is currently streaming on Netflix. The 1993 film starring the late John Candy chronicles the first-ever bobsled team from Jamaica. That team eventually qualified for the Calgary Winter Games in 1988.

Daugherty wouldn't mind such a story involving him. More realistically, he's just excited to have this opportunity - one he and his family agreed they couldn't pass on.

"They told us to bring spikes, and that we'll be training outside the whole time," said Daugherty. "My mom said it was 59 below there last week, but I'm still excited. I think it will be a great opportunity."

What to expect during his week in Lake Placid is a mystery for Daugherty.

"They haven't told us much," he said.

Daugherty anticipates speed work will be a point of interest. He knows he was chosen because of the speed he displayed at the AAU Junior Olympics last summer. As a member of the Mayfield track and field team, Daugherty's best 100-meter dash time is 11.5 seconds. He's also a running back and cornerback on Mayfield's junior varsity team football team last fall.

His dream is to attend Ohio State and play a sport, but right now his focus is the upcoming week in Lake Placid. Where that opportunity takes him is the big unknown.

"I'm kind of nervous because I'm not sure what to expect," he said. "But I want to do well and make that team."



Thank you for reading about this amazing opportunity and for all of your support! Go Team USA!
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Update 12
Posted by Kelly Bullock Daugherty
3 days ago
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Happy Saturday family, friends, and friends of friends! It's the final leg of the season!!

In just a few weeks, Blair will be headed to Switzerland to finish out this amazing season. There will be off season training but his focus will shift back to school and finishing his junior year strong!

We are about $1700 away (give or take) from meeting our final goal for this last trip and really need your help! I personally have learned so much from this journey. Living the bobsled life comes at a big price!!! You all have been so incredibly giving, supportive, and encouraging through our process! Here is a breakdown of what is needed for the upcoming trip to Switzerland:

Bobsled rental $600
Track rental $100
Lodging $800
Rental car: +/- $200

Please, please, please help us push through the end of this season! We could not have made it this far without all of your help and generosity! We are so thankful! Please share Blair's story with your friends and family! Click to donate! Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for joining us on this #JourneyTo2020! #KeepWatching

*Blair was interviewed last on The Forum with Mansfield Frasier about his experience on the Junior Team USA! Great experience!
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Update 11
Posted by Kelly Bullock Daugherty
9 days ago
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Good afternoon family, friends, and friends of friends and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope you enjoyed your holiday season with your families! We've spent the last few weeks resting, reminiscing on old memories, and creating a lot of new memories. Now, Blair is back to school and back to training!!

Park City was truly amazing! The mountains are beautiful and Blair met quite a few people from all over the world! The week became a training week because of the lack of youth athletes in attendance. We were able to watch the Paralympic athletes compete, which was cool!! Blair trained with athletes from China and Brazil for the entire week.

We are entering the last leg of Blair's first official season. In the next few weeks, he will be headed to St. Moritz, Switzerland for one week where he will meet youth athletes from all over the world. This race is one of the larger ones and we are told he will in fact experience his first competition. He is excited and nervous at the same time, understandably so!

Your donations have helped us considerably and have allowed us to get him through this season and all the way to Switzerland. We could not have done any of this without your kind generosity! We are forever grateful and publicly share how generous so many people have been. We have been incredibly blessed and Blair has been having an amazing experience! One that he will NEVER forget! Thank you all so much! However, we still need help with room and board for this trip.

Please continue to share Blair's story and his page with your friends and family as we're not finished yet! We are Switzerland bound! Please consider helping to spread the word about Blair! He also sends his thanks and says he will continue to work hard to make all of you proud and worth your personal investment!

Click the link to donate! Any and everything helps!
#TeamUSA #JuniorBobsled #SoloPilot #Monobob #OlympicDreams #OlympicHopeful #PreparingforGreatness #JustAKidFromMayfield

**Photos
1. Blair with the rest of his team (one teammate is missing)!
2. Blair during one of his runs on the track. His sled traveled at speeds of up to 71 mph! So cool to watch!
3. Looking over Park City!
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Update 10
Posted by Kelly Bullock Daugherty
1 month ago
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Happy Friday family, friends, and friends of friends from Olympic Park in Park City, Utah!!

I am here with Blair while he trains with his team and other junior athletes from Korea and adults from Brazil. There are other Paralympic adult athletes from Great Britain and Sweden as well to name a few. It's gorgeous here, but very cold!

Our athletes came prepared to compete, however, because there are not enough other junior athletes here, the competition has become a training week. So Blair and his teammates have been training with coaches from the International Bobsled Skeleton Federation (IBSF). It's been pretty cool watching him train with them and he's progressing very well in his event.

His next trip should be to Switzerland, but this trip and all the fees, travel and lodging have proven to be much more expensive than expected. We've had to order equipment and have it shipped from Europe, paid bobsled rental fees, ice fees, memberships, and travel/ lodging back and forth to Lake Placid and now Park City. All of your donations up to this point have gotten us this far and we thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting Blair and helping us to afford him the opportunity to have this experience. We are soooo incredibly proud of this young man and all he's accomplished up to this point!

Getting to Switzerland requires much more assistance! PLEASE....continue to share Blair's story and this page with your friends and family! Any amount helps friends! Click the link to support!

Thank you!

Here are a few pictures of Blair here in Park City!
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Update 9
Posted by Kelly Bullock Daugherty
1 month ago
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TOMORROW!!! He's off to Utah! He will be competing in a sport he knew little to nothing about and has grown to be an incredible competitor on the ice track, as much as he is on the asphalt track!

Thank you, thank you, thank you to his sponsors, Iron Koi and Smoky Sweet Soul,
and EVERYONE who has so graciously donated to help us support our young man's #OlympicDream! Please continue to share our link and spread Blair's story as we continue to raise money to bring his dream to fruition! This has required an incredible financial commitment to participate, but we consider it nothing less than a blessing to able to do it, so we thank you! We are learning as much about the sport as he is every single day!

We would love the opportunity to help market for your business in exchange for your financial sponsorship. Send me a private message if you'd like to consider an opportunity that would benefit both your and Blair's future!

Until next time, please give Blair your well wishes and prayers as he travels tomorrow! Look for the next update to be from Park City, Utah!!
#Journeytothe2020Olympics #TeamBlair #TeamUSA #JuniorBobsled #SoloPilot #Monobob #OlympicDreams #OlympicHopeful #JustAKidFromMayfield #PreparingforGreatness
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