Help USA Skaters Reach Olympics

$33,126 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 141 people in 32 months
Most of us will never know what it feels like to compete for Team USA at the Winter Olympics...  but we can know how it feels to help some deserving young Americans get their chance.
 
Think how great it would feel to help an extremely talented American ice dance team, from a family of modest means, rise to the top of this beautiful but incredibly competitive and expensive sport.  Now's your chance!


Rachel & Michael Parsons are the 2017 U.S. and World Junior Champions in Ice Dance.  This year, they move up to the Senior Ranks to vie for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, either for 2018 or 2022, depending on how quickly they move up the Senior ranks. They have the skills, the drive, and the opportunity to make it all the way to the Olympics, but they need your help.

The training costs to compete at this level are daunting - over $70,000 a year for ice time, coaching fees, off-ice training, skates, constumes, travel, and more - and since "Team Parsons" is a brother-sister team, there's no "other" family to split these costs with, like most teams have. So it all falls on us and those wonderful friends who help carry the load. 

We work day and night to keep them on the ice so they can compete at this level, and we'll keep doing so as long as it takes, but we need some help. It truly does "take a village." Over the last two seasons, we raised a total of $30,000 from our sponsors and friends, and we came up with the rest. This year, we need to raise another $15,000 to help them ramp up their training to compete against the world's best.

Take a moment now to watch last year's Gold-medal-winning Free Dance, and see if you think these amazing young skaters have what it takes to earn the honor of representing this great country.

2016-17 Free Dance:

Rachel & Michael are working hard and keep raising their game, every season, but they need your help. YOU can make the difference by giving them the financial support they need to continue ramping up the intensity of their training this year as they make their big jump to the Senior ranks.

We would be so grateful for any support you could provide and are happy to list our sponsors on Rachel & Michael's official website (if you wish).  To learn more about Rachel & Michael, or make a tax-dedictible donation (by check), visit:   www.TeamParsons.us

Thank you!

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Rachel & Michael skate this week in Taipei in their first ever appearance at the Four Continents Championships. They skate tonight and tomorrow night. The Short Dance starts at 9:00pm (ET) and is on NBC's Olympics Channel. The Free Dance is tomorrow, Wednesday, night starting at 10:50 (ET). Wish them luck in this final competition of the season, and please continue to support our skaters!! Thanks.
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Rachel & Michael skated their best Short Dance of the year yesterday at the US National Championships and are sitting in 5th place heading into today's Free Dance. This is their first year competing at the Senior Level at nationals, where they are sharing the ice with all the top US teams - three of which will be chosen today to compete in next month's Olympics.

The competition will be televised live on NBC television, starting around 3:00pm (ET) today, so tune in later and cheer them on! And please continue to support TeamParsons with your generous donations.

Their success so far this season, in this important transitional year to the Senior ranks, is only possible with the help of our friends and generous supporters like you. We can't thank you enough.

Go Michael & Rachel! (watch their seasons-best short dance video from yesterday below -- and tune in at 3:00pm today to watch them live on national TV)
Rachel & Michael Parsons Short Dance
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Rachel and Michael are in Lake Placid, New York, this weekend for Skate America. Watch them live on the Olympic Channel and check your local listings for NBC television coverage of the event as well. The Short Dance is Saturday at 7:30pm, the Free Dance is Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm. Good luck to our skaters, and please help them continue their journey by supporting this page. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving to all!!
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Rachel & Michael skate tomorrow and Saturday in their biggest competition yet - their first international Grand Prix event, in Moscow. The Short Dance starts tomorrow at 9:00am (EST) and the Free Dance starts at 8:45am Saturday. Both will be aired live on the Olympic Channel, and NBC will air the highlights Sunday at noon. Here is the TV schedule (attached). Wish them luck, and please take a moment to continue supporting this amazing team as they make their Senior Grand Prix debut. Thank you!!
Watch Olympic Channel & NBC this weekend
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Raised by 141 people in 32 months
Created October 15, 2015
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Barbara Brocker
5 months ago
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Good luck— I’ve enjoyed watching all your skating videos — you can win gold, I’m sure!!

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Anonymous
6 months ago
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Anonymous
8 months ago
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Michele Potter
8 months ago
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Stay focused with your continued dedication and commitment. I personally know how hard this is. Go Team Parsons!!

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Mary Dalto
8 months ago
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Best of luck to Michael and Rachel this year!

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Esther Cho
9 months ago
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Good luck!!

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