Welcome to My Rally Campaign
My name is Andrew, and I am currently competing with team USA in skeleton. I have a diverse sport background including a history of track, volleyball, cheerleading, football and basketball. I competed in track and field at the University of Louisville, and then the University of Idaho. Following my career at Idaho in track, I took a coaching job at Utah State University where I worked with decathletes, high jump, hurdles and pole vault athletes. Now the sights are set on representing myself and my country in skeleton.
I have just recently concluded my first full competition skeleton season and I am looking forward to what is coming next year!
Why I'm Raising Funds
As skeleton athetes, the majority of us are self-funded. We are responsible for our sleds ($5000-$8000), Runners ($580+ per set), Helmet ($600+), shoes ($330) and many other smaller items such as speed suits, gloves, tuff toe, visors, and various things that make our sport easier.
Every season we are responsible to cover our track fee's ($25-40 per run) with at LEAST 2 runs per day on international tracks. As every track is different getting experience on as many tracks as possible before racing on them is important. Europe has the majority of the tracks and covering the cost of a training trip to Europe is often a major part of developing as an athlete. Airline tickets, rental cars, housing and food are also things that we as athletes are responsible to cover. I have estimated a season to be between $4000 and $8000 dollars for a developmental season here in North America, and a two week training trip to Europe to gain valuable experience on different tracks.
Off season training costs include strength and conditioning coach/sprint coaching fees, Facility fee's, travel costs to competitions such as our push championships and our combine tests.
How I Got Here
Prior to sliding I was dedicated and focussed on track and field. I competed at multiple high school national championship meets and placed as highly as fourth. I signed a national letter of intent to compete at The University of Louisville where I set the school record in the Heptathlon as a freshman. my sophomore year I transfered to The University of Idaho where I competed in the Decathlon/Heptathlon, Hurdles, High jump, long jump, and pole vault. In three years at The University of Idaho I garnered 14 first team all Western Athletic Conference honors and 6 conference championship titles. I competed at NCAA Div-1 Nationals twice, and recieved the Joe Kearney award. This award is presented every year to the top male and female athlete from any sport in the conference.
I came into sliding based off of a family joke. After speaking with my family about what I would be doing after my Track and Field career, I jokingly said I would bobsled. I called the coaches and took a combine a few weeks later. I spent some time toying with both bobsled and skeleton before ultimately deciding that skeleton was the correct choice for me. I was given the opportunity to race in my first international races during the 2015-2016 season (my first full season of training) when I placed 6th and 2nd in Park City, Utah. My second full season just concluded, where i finished ranked 9th in the final North America Cup rankings and 71 in the world.
My team of support is made up of a ton of people who ultimately just think I am crazy. Special shout out to my mother and father who taught me to believe in myself and that anything is possible. My brother for being an amazing roll model (and heck of an athlete), and my sisters who are so supportice and always down for a laugh. My awesome coaches who taught me so much, and the University of Idaho for the education and opportunity to grow both on and off the track.
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