Testimonials

The number one reason most Olympic hopefuls quit training is lack of support. It’s true. The pocket book empties long before the desire dissipates. The US Athletic Trust can contribute greatly to the depth and success of the US Olympic Team by providing athletes with a viable source of support.

Adam Nelson
Dartmouth ’97, Shot Put, 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist, 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, USAT Leaders Program

Valuable data about my fitness and my general health can come at a great financial expense and can be one of the first things an athlete goes without when pinching pennies. US Athletic Trust has covered this for me, making the decision to get the information I need a much easier one. And aside from assisting individual athletes, the US Athletic Trust has also helped the NJ*NY Track Club systemically through donations which assist with training, coaching, race travel and rent.

Donn Cabral
Princeton ’12, Steeplechase, 2012 Olympian, NCAA Champion & Collegiate Record Holder

In a world where support for athletes after they leave college is minimal, the US Athletic Trust allowed me to focus all of my time and energy on excelling in the javelin. The result was a spot on Team USA at the London Games. The Trust was an integral factor in my success. I cannot thank them enough. I look forward to the day I am in a position to give back to the institution that helped me when I needed it most.

Craig Kinsley
Brown ‘2011, Javelin, 2012 US Olympian

Soon I may have to decide if I am going to continue to play the sport I love. Unfortunately for me, it is becoming a financial game. My job is great because… they give me the freedom to leave for hockey camps and tournaments without hesitation. But the money is just not enough for me to live and continue to play hockey. The U.S. Athletic Trust has been great for me. They have given me the opportunity not to have to worry quite as much about these things.

Katie King
Brown ’97, Ice Hockey, 1998, 2002 US Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist

Like so many who try to be the best in the world at something, I sacrifice. I trade a normal life for one with huge possibilities, but also uncertainty and financial insecurity. I work whenever I can, but I still rely on my parents’ support to get by… I am thankful for the support the Trust has already provided me. I hope that the U.S. Athletic Trust can continue to help me on my journey to the 2006 Games in Torino.

Scott Macartney
Dartmouth ’03 (’01), Alpine Skiing, 2002 US Olympic Team

As an athlete who has just recently come out of retirement, I receive funding from neither the USOC nor USA Judo… However, I have a financial responsibility to my wife and three kids first. Funding from the U.S. Athletic Trust and my own personal fundraising efforts will be crucial to achieving my goals while still meeting my family obligations.

Jimmy Pedro
Brown ’94, Judo,1996 US Olympic Bronze Medalist

Although I still have to work, the U.S. Athletic Trust gives me the freedom to choose a job that will work the best with my training instead of having to choose one that pays the most. Having the organization behind me gives me confidence to know that I am not alone in the pursuit of my dream.

Lauren Simmons
Princeton ’02, Athletics-800m, 11th in the US

The work of the U.S. Athletic Trust keeps my Olympic pursuit alive in more ways than one… Apart from the financial encouragement, the people in the U.S. Athletic Trust motivate me with their own hard work: league-mates in other sports waging their own battles against competitors, federations and expenses; and Augie’s and Jody’s relentless work in making this program a model of responsibility and success.

John Kelly
Princeton ’99, Cycling, US Nationals Silver Medalist 4000m pursuit

The U.S. Athletic Trust’s financial support has provided me with an opportunity to train at a level necessary to become an Olympic champion. It has replaced my month-to-month worry of meeting rent with financial stability and direct focus upon my training. And it is my hope that with the continued support of the U.S. Athletic Trust, one day I will be rowing away from the awards dock with an Olympic gold medal draped around my neck.

Luke McGee
Brown ’01, Rowing, 1999 Under-23 World Champion

The financial support provided by the U.S. Athletic Trust goes a long way. Realizing the goal of making an Olympic team is something that requires not only hard work, dedication, and desire, but an incredible amount of focus and a substantial financial commitment. Without financial support… much valuable time and energy is lost to the effort of making ends meet.

Alexander Ghanotakis
Dartmouth ’97, Discus, 5th in Greece

“Funding from the U.S. Athletic Trust has given me the confidence to not only train up to my potential, but has also given me the flexibility to make job choices that enhance my life outside of rowing, and eventually my life after rowing.”

Portia Johnson
Brown ’01, 2001 U-23 World Championships Silver Medalist

If I had to sum up the way I feel about fencing, I would simply state, “It’s my passion.” It’s my dream to medal at the Olympics. Unfortunately… costs are more than I can afford. My national governing body offers its athletes a few thousand dollars a year at most, and finding corporate sponsorship is not an option because fencing is not a spectator sport. Assistance from the U.S. Athletic Trust would give me the funds I need to train, compete and, eventually, take home a medal from the Olympics.

Maya Lawrence
Princeton ’02, Fencing-Epee, 11th in the US

I have lived the past five years of my life literally from month to month. I have moved across the country three times, and flown all around the U.S. and the world for training and racing, mainly at my own expense. I wouldn’t give it up for the world, but some months, with rent, enormous student loans and travel expenses, it can be overwhelming. Help from the U.S. Athletic Trust would give me a financial peace of mind that I have yet to experience in my rowing career. It is as simple as that.

Stacey Borgman
Columbia ’98, Rowing, 2000 & 2001 World Silver Medalist

Being funded by the U.S. Athletic Trust will allow me to train to my fullest potential without having to worry about sacrificing speed in the boat in order to pay my bills. The other programs that are offered, such as the post-sports career mentoring, allow me to begin preparing for life after rowing. The U.S. Athletic Trust gives athletes the best opportunity to excel in athletics right now, while keeping an eye toward life after our sports careers.

J. Sloan DuRoss
Brown ’99, 2003 1st Place-Northwest Indoor Rowing Championships

I have rowed around the world… and can easily say that Princeton is the best all-around facility for rowing. However, rowing in Princeton means that you must pay the rent in Princeton, which gets pretty pricey. The U.S. Athletic Trust would help me to remain training here in the best area in the world. Speed comes from having to worry about blade technique, not if you will have enough for the utilities that month.

Gabriel Winkler
2000 Non-Olympic World LW 8 Champion

Medaling in Athens requires preparation that excludes the possibility of anything other than a unidimensional focus; working while training, in order to make ends meet, results in decreased performance. I have learned that adequate recovery is just as important as on the water sessions, and trying to work instead of resting and preparing for the next training session undermines the efforts we make when we are at the boathouse. In other countries, rowers are paid as if they are professional athletes. The result is that they row for longer as it is sustainable. They have more repeat Olympians, and bring home more medals. In the US, it is still an amateur sport, but organizations like the U.S. Athletic Trust can give us the best of both worlds.

Rachel Anderson
Gold Medalist, 1999 World Championships

Princeton, New Jersey is one of the best places to train for the Olympics in the United States. Not only do wehave great facilities, but we have a beautiful course to row on as well. Unfortunately… the cost of living in this college town is fairly steep. Currently, with two practices a day, I am only able to work six hours per day… As a result, monthly bills… are difficult to pay. Any contribution from the U.S. Athletic Trust would definitely help ease the financial burden… as I realize my Olympic dream.

Patrick Todd
Harvard ’02, 2001 National Champion, Collegiate Lightweight Eight

Financial aid would allow me to focus more on my rowing and less about supporting myself. Having to work less would give me more time to train effectively. Financial assistance would also give me the opportunity to enroll in courses so that I can exercise my mind and plan for future career aspirations.

Kristin Goodrich
Cornell ’98, 2002 US Rowing National Team Selection Regatta I, 1st Place

Many other countries’ athletes are fully funded by their governments. Some even receive generous salaries on top of their funding. It encourages their best athletes to campaign for the Olympics. [My partner] and I spend almost as much time fundraising as we do training. Many top sailors in America choose not to try for the Olympics because they would not be able to support themselves. Take this hurdle away, and more of America’s best athletes would campaign to represent their country in the Olympics. In reality, this leaves America a little bit behind. It’s disheartening to compete in an international regatta and not listen to the American National Anthem during the awards ceremony. Funds from the U.S. Athletic Trust could help change that.

Jen Morgan
Dartmouth ’02, Sailing, 2002 470 Class National Champion

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