Who Is Greg West?
I am a native of Springfield, Missouri. I graduated from Logan-Rogersville High School in 2003 and earned my B.S. in Sports Administration from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas in 2009 where I also played football.
Soon after graduating, I moved to Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama to be closer to my family and began my career in the corporate world. I discovered the sport of Skeleton in 2010 while watching the Olympics with my roommates, sitting in the livingroom of our rental home on Beaver Creek Lane in Orange Beach. After much discussion and debate my roomates talked me into going online and applying as a joke. Little did I know, I would be contacted by a recruitment coach 2 weeks later! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the journey I was about to begin!
Here is a small sample of what has happened since then:
-Invited to spend the season living at the Olympic Training Center
-Brought onto the America's Cup Team after only 6 weeks of sliding
-Top 10 finishes in 3 out of my first 4 America's Cup Races
-Selected to the 2011/12 National Team
-Made my World Cup debut after only 18 months of sliding.
-Earned my first international medal winning Silver at the Lake Placid America's Cup
-Selected to the 2012 Europa Cup Team (All European Track Circuit)
-Entering 2014-15 season ranked 5th in the US
By donating to this cause, you will directly be helping me represent Team USA at the international level. The upcoming season will be a new challange for me as it tackles some of the most difficult tracks in the world. My goal now is to raise the money to make it happen!
What I Need
The only athletes that recieve any funding are the 3 World Cup athletes. For the rest of us, we have to come up with all of the money for our season ourselves. A typical season expenses include:
- Flights to and from Europe $1400
- 3 pairs of runners $2100
- Racing speedsuit $1000
- Bag Fees for 75lb sled $350-$500
- European Rental car $1500
- Accomidations for 9 weeks in Europe $4000
- Race fees $1000
This doesn't include expenses such as HEALTH INSURANCE and my student loans. A typical season can cost upwards of $12,000 and that is after I have spent over $10,000 on equipment.
To this point, I have paid my way with my entire life's savings, working odd jobs in the off-season and the help of a couple of small sponsors as well as family and friends. With your help, I can shift my focus from constantly working and fundraising to doing my best to earn a spot on the Olympic Team to represent my Nation, Family, and Friends.
Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help. Please spread the word. Word of mouth advertising is the best form of advertising and every little bit helps. THANK YOU!!
You can follow me on Twitter ( @west_greg )
On Facebook ( Greg West Skeleton)
and at www.iSlide.us
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE! As much as it sounds like a cliche', there truly are not any words that can express my gratitude and appreciation from my continued support from family, friends and people that don't even know me! I will never take any of your support for granted.
Love to all! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, the Merriest of Christmases and Happiest of Happy, New Year!
PS Any prayers going my way are always appreciated! God has continued to bless me with my passion and I know he's sliding right beside me everytime I jump on my sled.
(Hi, Greg's Mom, here. I am creating this fundraiser because his other one expired and his internet in Norway is very poor. If there are typos or errors, please excuse them. I am the farthest thing from techy and I literally have no idea what I am doing. :) THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BELIEVING IN MY SON)!
Select A Support Level
$5You are pretty much an awesome person and I will give you an even more awesome high five next time I see you.
$25You are pretty much a bad "A" and along with knowing that you will get a thank you note and a "Superheros Fly Head First" bracelet.
$50$50All of the above (you are are an awesome individual!) plus a personalized and signed 8x10 of me doing even more awesome things head first on ice.
$125Yep you guessed it, all of the cool stuff from above plus a limited edition "Superheros Fly Head First" tee shirt.
$500All of the above along with an extra tee shirt and your name riding on my sled with me for the season.
$1,000All of the cool stuff above along with a large decal on my sled and a dialogue where I will do what I can (within reason) to show my thanks.