Team USA Youth Bobsled: SEASON 2

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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 entered his first bobsled season last year as the #1 qualifier in the youth men's bobsled event based on his combine performance. We continue to feel   great honor and humbling experience for all of us!

During the 2018-19 season, Blair participated in two training's (Park City, Utah & Lake Placid, NY) and one official race (St. Moritz, Switzerland).  The Utah training was initially a race, but due to low youth participation, it became a training. It was run like an official race with uniforms, announcements, and all, however, the coaches used the opportunity to define racing skills. It was a great season and Blair learned a lot, met many young people from around the world, and developed new friendships!

We are entering SEASON 2, headed into the Junior Olympics in February. This is a very intense season. Blair just completed a combine and will need to complete one more this summer before racing begins. He spent the latter part of the school year running track and focused on his school work; after all, he understands he is a STUDENT first, then an ATHLETE! He continues to follow his weight training regime and work with his trainer, Rashida VanLeer-McHargh, at Iron Koi.

As we head into this very important season, we are continuing to accept voluntary, monetary donations 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 and Lillehammer, Norway. These races will determine whether he will move forward to the Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland!  Racing season is from October-February, but training season is NOW!  Your donations will assist with travel, lodging, meals, and perhaps some new equipment (gloves, helmet, ice spikes, etc).  Last years donations helped us get through the ENTIRE SEASON!! A BIG, BIG thank you to those that have supported and continue to support Blair's journey. Your support is IMMENSELY appreciated!!

** IMPORTANT MESSSAGE: Our fundraising efforts will start where we left off last year (See amount collected last year). We will be working to collect the difference in the amount of  $8,876. This should help support us through the entire season.** 

About Blair...

Blair is a 17 year old, senior in high school and lives in Northeast Ohio. He is a member of the varsity track teams, both indoor and outdoor.  His favorite events are the 100m dash, 200m dash, 4x100m relay, and 4x200m 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 continue to make this an incredible experience for him.

Thank you all in advance for helping us reach our goal!

The Daugherty Family on behalf of Blair Daugherty
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Greetings Family, Friends, & Friends of Friends!

UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE!! Blair has met the combine qualifications for Season 2! Now more than ever do we need your help! We needs to compete (and score high) in 3 qualifying races (Lake Placid, NY; Park City, UT; and Lillehammer, Norway) in order to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (Switzerland)!

Your donations will not only help him with travel, room, & board, but also bobsled rental, track rental, and updated equipment. Now more than ever, your support would be immensely appreciated to help get Blair through this second and very important season 2!

If you have already supported, you know we are extremely grateful! Please share with your circles and lets continue to work to make this Olympic Dream come true!

The Daugherty's thank you in advance!!
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Greetings Family, Friends, and Friends of Friends! I hope this message finds you all doing very well!

As we enter the second bobsled season headed toward the Youth Olympic Games, I wanted to provide a quick update.

I have updated Blair's story on this cover page with current information about what he's been up to. He has continued his training by running track and weight lifting with his trainer. He used the end of the school year to focus on his school work after being away a couple of weeks for his last race.

He has just completed a combine in Lake Placid and will need to complete another one this summer. Therefore, as we enter this new season, we are continuing to collect voluntary, monetary donations to help support Blair's Olympic Journey! I think it's important to note that this fundraiser is continuing from where it left off. We raised enough last year to support his entire season and with your help and the help of your circles, we can do it again!

We are looking to raise $8,876 for this season!

Let's make great things happen again! He is making great gains with the help of all of you!

Thank you in advance for your help!
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Happy Monday family, friends, and friends of friends!

Well, Blair has been to Switzerland and is now back and reacclimated to his familiar. He has had the experience of a lifetime! In terms of his international experience, he met many young people from all over the world! Brazil, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, and Taipe to name a few. He experienced different foods (which never seemed you grow on him), different language of course (he learned a bit as well), new currency (that was a struggle), different hotels, fast food, and time change! Above all that, he made MANY new friends!!

In terms of the competition, Blair LOVED the track in St. Moritz! He said it was very smooth and seemed easy to maneuver at first glance! However, once he took to the track discovered it was more challenging than it looked! Nonetheless, he persevered and was able to navigate it with minimal flaws.

The first day of training, Blair finished the day with the 2nd fastest time on the track! That was starting from a lower starting point. Pretty exciting for his first race week! The rest of the week, he practiced training from start one without any supports, meaning he was all in, practicing pushing and jumping in at the start and piloting the entire track! I wish I could share more photos and videos in this setting, but am unable. If you have Instagram, you can find his full experience documented on his page, @blazerunner4.

The rest of the week was a bit of a challenge for him, but he managed to maintain a place in the top 20 for the week! Again… incredibly impressive for his first official race week. While he did not advance to the second round of racing in the competition, he learned, from this experience, what he needs to work on moving forward and what to expect in his next race series! We are so proud of him and so thankful again to all of you for your support in helping him get through this season!!! He promised to work hard and make you all proud and I believe he kept his word!

We are moving into the off season now and will continue training here at home and travel to the Olympic facilities when we can! This link will remain open for those that should be so inclined to continue sharing and soliciting donations! There will be other opportunities to give throughout the summer and fall heading into next season. Next season will be our official #JourneyTo2020! It's going to be a busy, exciting time that I will continue to document for all of you following!

Until the next update, I just want to thank you again for your support, encouragement, and motivation throughout this past season! Keep watching for updates and follow Blair on social media!
Instagram @blazerunner4
Twitter @blairdaugherty6

#TeamUSA #TeamBlair #JuniorBobsled #SoloPilot #Monobob #OlympicDreams #OlympicHopeful #JustAKidFromMayfield #PreparingforGreatness #BobsledLife

*Blair with his sled for the week.
*Blair preparing his sled for the race.
*Interview after his race.
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WE DID IT!! WE DID IT!! WE DID IT!!! With your personal donations, be it cash, check, app or GoFundMe.... we DID it!!! We MET our goal for the final leg!! We are officially #SwitzerlandBound!!!

A million THANK YOU'S to all that gave so willingly and generously! The outpouring of support has truly humbled me in a way you will never imagine! From Blair and all of us.... thank you so much for helping us make this dream reality! We are excited to see what comes from this!

Keep watching for updates over the next few weeks!

#TeamUSA #JuniorBobsled #SoloPilot #Monobob #IronKoi #IronBobsledder #OlympicDreams #OlympicHopeful #JustAKidFromMayfield #PreparingforGreatness
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