Kelly Curtis: Team USA Skeleton Development Season

Kelly Curtis: Team USA Skeleton Development Season

From Kelly Curtis

I'm raising money for my third full year of sliding skeleton. While competing on the North America's Cup, I have earned one gold and two silvers thus far. (Pic cred: Molly Choma)

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Update #1

10 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey! The first half of the sliding season has gone well to say the least. I've gained confidence in my equipment and sliding ability which has translated into winning my very first international competition on the fastest track in the world. I crashed in the second race so I still have much more learning to do. :)

I'm currently ranked first in the North American Cup Circuit with more racing to do next month on home ice. It's a drastic change from not competing in any international races last season and taking the year to train in Park City.

The next few weeks will be focused on getting my body and money right for the second half. I'll be working and training in New Orleans/Miami to thaw out before heading up north again.

Thanks again for all of your support!

Giving Levels

Participant

Provides support in travelling to and from competition.

$25

Bronze

This allows me to travel with my skeleton equipment. You will receive a customized postcard from a race.

$50

Silver

This allows me to travel with my skeleton sled. You will receive a USA Bobsled and Skeleton hat as well as a customized postcard from a race.

$100

Gold

This provides lodging during competition and training. Although I compete for Team USA, I still need to pay to use the Olympic Training Center. You will receive all of the above plus a Team USA sweatshirt.

$250

Platinum

This allows me to develop on international tracks where training runs are $30+ per run. You will receive all of the above plus placing your name/sticker of your choice on my sled.

$500

Bitcoin

This would help pave the way for a European training trip either this season or next. You will receive all of the above plus an opportunity to come out to Lake Placid in March and try out both bobsled and skeleton.

$1,000

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Unlike most national olympic committees, the USOC does not receive government funding. Instead, it relies on the generosity of the American public to help U.S. athletes remain competitive with the rest of the world. 

When I started bobsledding three years ago, I was well aware of the fact that it would a long road ahead. After switching to skeleton, I understood that it would be more of a financial investment with an even longer road but I thought I could rely on my athleticism a bit more than I should have. Although I have pushed emerging elite standards on multiple tracks, I have been specifically told I needed more of a financial commitment. So this past offseason, I went back to the same site of the broken arms incident two summers. I worked as a site manager for an English immersion program based out of NYC.  The seasonal employment provided the income I needed, but knew my training might need to take the backseat. I knew it was hindered when I was coordinating Broadway tickets for international teenagers between sets of powercleans in the weightroom during the first week of the summer long program. 

Funds were the priority over training, sleep and nutrition. And I still came up short. 

While I did acquire a new sled, I did not think I would have caught on to driving it so quickly and basically planned on working back in New Orleans for the majority of this season. I figured I would go slide when I could during the winter, but the focus was more on financial stability. Not only have I not been back home for two months, I have somehow already managed to win a gold medal and two silvers on international tracks after being named to my first tour. 

My biggest expenses this season have been the new sled ($7,000), travel to and from international competition ($3,500), and training fees ($650). 

While the price tag of sliding often makes me question my life choices, most sliders in the US system has been in my position at some point in their sliding career. The majority of lovely ladies I competed against at the US Team Trials  have been doing this for a few years longer than I, and know the tricks of the trade. Such as not paying excess baggage fees for a 80lb sledbox (how?). I'm still learning the lifestyle and I couldn't be more intrigued as to how much of a better slider I will become. 

Please consider making a donation if you are able. I still have races on American soil coming up: Lake Placid, NY on January 11th and 12th. I would also like to be able to possibly get over to some European tracks for a valuable training trip. 

For any donations $250 and above, I would recommend donating via the Athlete Training Fund. Not only do they take a smaller percentage out, you will also receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation. 

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation/Resources/For-Athletes/Athlete-Training-Fund/Donate-Online

Thank you for your continued support!

Take care,

Kelly 

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Kelly Curtis posted a new update:
10 months ago

Update #1

Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me throughout this journey! The first half of the sliding season has gone well to say the least. I've gained confidence in my equipment and sliding ability which has translated into winning my very first international competition on the fastest track in the world. I crashed in the second race so I still have much more learning to do. :)

I'm currently ranked first in the North American Cup Circuit with more racing to do next month on home ice. It's a drastic change from not competing in any international races last season and taking the year to train in Park City.

The next few weeks will be focused on getting my body and money right for the second half. I'll be working and training in New Orleans/Miami to thaw out before heading up north again.

Thanks again for all of your support!

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