Team USA Youth Bobsled

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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’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!

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

The Daugherty Family on behalf of Blair Daugherty

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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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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Happy Friday family, friends, and friends of friends!

Oh My Goodness!!!! My heart is so full!!! In ONE DAY, we have met nearly HALF of our final goal! It has left me almost speechless! The gap is lessened, but we still have about $650 to go!

We're almost there! Closer than ever! Please... keep sharing! Click to donate! Any amount helps and is greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much for joining us on this #JourneyTo2020! #SwitzerlandBound #WorldCup
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Happy Thursday family, friends, and friends of friends!

ONE MORE WEEK! In exactly ONE WEEK, Blair will be on his way to Switzerland to finish out this amazing season.

Many have given to help us reach our final goal of $1700! Thank you all so much from the bottom of our hearts!

We are still $1200 away (give or take) from meeting our final goal in order to be able to pay for the following needs in Switzerland. We are being asked for some of these fees as I am posting this update. Here again is the breakdown of what your donations will assist us with:

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

Please, please, please help us reach our goal. We are so close! 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
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