2015 Travel & Training Fund Recipients
Get to know our latest Travel and Training Fund recipients and find out how they plan to use their grant to become the best.
Amy Cozad, Diving, Indianapolis, IN
Amy Cozad’s number one goal next year is to medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in diving. Determined to accomplish this feat, she qualified for the World Cup, Pan-American Games, World Championships and NCAA Championships during her four years at Indiana University. In the upcoming year, Amy plans to finish in the top three in synchronized platform at the FINA World Championships. The WSF Travel & Training Fund grant will help cover Amy’s daily transportation expenses to her training facility so that she can focus on revamping her diving repertoire and continue competing at the elite level.
Ann Yoshida, Kayak, Mililani, HI
Even after an auto accident in 2000 left her paralyzed from the chest down, Ann Yoshida continued to challenge herself and is now among a group of trailblazing athletes competing at an elite level in adaptive sports. Since 2012, she has won gold, silver and bronze medals in every domestic and international kayaking competition that she has competed in. In her bid for a spot on the USA Canoe/Kayak team at the 2016 Paralympic Games, she plans to use the WSF Travel and Training Fund to cover her travel costs related to participating in qualifying competitions at the national and international level.
Anne- Elizabeth Stone, Fencing, Princeton, NJ
Princeton University graduate and highly decorated fencer, Eliza Stone managed to launch herself into the international scene and to the top of the USA rankings. Both individually and with Team USA, she has placed on top of multiple World Cups and Grand Prix. For three consecutive years (2013-2015) Eliza secured a spot on the World Championship Teams, winning Team World Champion in 2014. Although she has seen much success, Eliza has also experienced challenges. Following surgery to her fencing hand, Eliza was forced to take a step a back during the height of competition. The injury stole months of training in addition to her eligibility for funding from the United States Olympic Committee. The Travel &Training grant will fuel Eliza’s comeback from surgery and enable her to compete as a member of the 2016 Olympic Fencing Team in Rio.
Annelies Cook, Biathlon, Saranac Lake, NY
Currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and a member of the US National Biathlon Team, Annelies Cook has high expectations for herself next season. She aims to improve her overall world rankings and finish in the top ten at the World Cup circuit. With the WSF Travel and Training Fund, Cook will be able to cover airfare expenses to training camps and the associated fees for excess baggage during the World Cup season.
Annie Pokorny, Cross-Country Skiing, Spokane, WA
Cross-country skier Annie Pokorny aspires to earn a nomination onto the US Ski Team and make an appearance at the 2018 Olympic Games. In chasing her dreams, she has specifically adjusted the intensity of her training regime in a way that will help her to earn national and international titles at major competitions and World Cup starting rights. Pokorny is using the WSF Travel & Training Fund grant to cover travel expenses while she competes abroad on Women’s National Team development trips.
APU Women’s Elite Ski Team, Cross-Country Skiing, Anchorage, AK
The Alaska Pacific University (APU) Women’s Elite Ski Team has always been focused on raising the bar. In recent years, this team has had three women qualify for the Olympic Team and a collective assortment of World Cup and National Championship titles in cross-country skiing. In this upcoming competition season, their main priority is preparing their younger skiers for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. This Travel & Training Fund award will offset each individual athlete’s expenses of attending on-snow glacier camps, where they will refine their skiing techniques in conditions similar to those at the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Ariel Bulmash, Powerlifting, Alpharetta, GA
In 2013, Ariel Bulmash won the International Powerlifting Federation Sub-Junior World Championships in the 57kg weight class. As the world record holder for the Sub-Junior bench press and champion titles at the national and international level, she hopes to break the squat, bench and deadlift records in the Teen III division and qualify for the national team this upcoming year. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will be used to cover training and travel expenses associated with competing at the 2015 USAPL Raw National Powerlifting Championships.
Brenna Huckaby, Snowboarding, Salt Lake City, UT
Brenna Huckaby is a former gymnast, who, after losing her right leg to bone cancer, discovered her love for snowboarding. A year later, she finished in second at the World Cup, third at the US Nationals and was named as the 2015 World Champion in snowboard cross. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will cover the extra expenses of training with a higher-level team, so that she can achieve her goal of making the podium at the World Cup and the 2018 Paralympic Games.
Brittany Reinbolt, Bobsled, Searcy, AR
Brittany Reinbolt made women’s sports history last year when she piloted the first all-women four-man bobsled in an international competition against men. Now entering her fifth season with Team USA, she hopes to compete in the North American Cup and Europa Cup Tours, which will be vital in preparing her for success at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. As a bobsled pilot, Brittany is directly responsible for funding all equipment, travel and training expenses. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will support her endeavors to race competitively at the highest level and give her the opportunity to continue advancing women’s sports.
Caitlin Gregg, Cross-Country Skiing, Minneapolis, MN
Caitlin Gregg is a cross-country ski racer who has been focused on becoming the best skier in the world since she was six years old. In 2014, she narrowly missed making the U.S. Olympic team. However, this setback motivated her to train harder. In 2015, Caitlin earned a World Championship medal. She aspires to improve her world rankings and make the top 30 overall on the World Cup Tour. Caitlin will attend training camps and fund the expenses associated with participating in World Cup competitions through the WSF Travel & Training Fund grant.
Ceana Rodrigues, Taekwondo, New Britain, CT
With a decade of training already under her belt, Ceana has proven long hours, hard work, and determination certainly go a long way. This past summer she traveled to South Korea, lived in a dorm, and trained up to five times a day with an elite-level Korean high school team. Understanding and appreciating the financial sacrifices her family has made thus far, Ceana says “this is a life goal” and will stop at nothing “to see it through.” The Travel &Training grant will give Ceana the ability to attend similar training trips in order to keep her on Team USA and ranked as a top fighter in her division. In 2016, she plans to travel and compete in the Korean Open, Canadian Open, and any other competition that will set her up for a berth on the 2020 Team USA Olympic squad.
Cierra Runge, Swimming, Tempe, AZ
The WSF Travel and Training Fund will allow Cierra Runge to finance her travel and training expenses to national and international competitions. Over the course of her career, Cierra has set American and NCAA records, seized the silver medal in the 200m freestyle at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, and been named to the 2015 World Championships team. In the coming year, Cierra is looking to make the 2016 USA Swimming Olympic Team and bring home the gold medal in the 200m, 400m and 800m events.
Clarissa Chun, Wrestling, Morgantown, WV
After seventeen years in women’s wrestling, Clarissa has experienced firsthand the highs and lows of elite competition and has continuously persevered. Her journey began after transferring to the University of Colorado so she could train full time at the US Olympic Training Center. In 2004, Clarissa just fell short at The US Olympic Trials, only to make her comeback in 2008. During the 2008 Olympic Games she just missed a bronze medal leaving her no choice but to win a gold at the World Championships that same year. Clarissa stopped at nothing to win her Olympic bronze medal in 2012. She has made it her mission to win an Olympic Gold in Rio and has moved to West Virginia to train under the best coaching. The Travel & Training grant will allow her to continue her mission while helping her recover from extensive training.
Elle Gaudette, Downhill Skiing, Maple Grove, MN
During her second season on the US Freestyle Aerial National Team, Elle Gaudette finished 2nd overall in the North American Cup and is now ranked No. 3 in the world among women aerialists under 20 years old. In her plan to attain two top ten World Cup finishes this year, she has been training intensively to qualify two new jumps and increase her competitive difficulty. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will finance her travel expenses to multiple World Cups during the season. These events are essential in allowing her to gain valuable competition experience and prepare her for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Emily Holsopple, Shooting, Colorado Springs, CO
Emily Holsopple has one goal this upcoming year — to make the 2016 Olympic shooting team. During her time at the University of Kentucky, Emily earned a National Championship title and eight All-American accolades. She plans to utilize the WSF Travel and Training Fund to update her shooting equipment and cover her travel and training expenses, which will give her the opportunity to attend international competitions and push her to the next level in her shooting career.
Genevra Stone, Rowing, Newton, MA
This past September, Genevra placed fourth at the World Championships. Not only did she surpass her goal of at least sixth, she also landed herself a spot for the 2016 Olympics qualifier. She has also represented the United States at the World Championships in 2011 and 2014. Genevra won two NCAA Championships while at Princeton and two under- 23 World Championships. Inspired by two parents with lasting legacies as elite rowers, she plans to train rigorously and represent Team USA in the women’s single scull at the 2016 Olympic Games. The Travel & Traveling grant will cover the expenses associated with international competitions and winter training trips to Ireland and California.
Gwendolyn Berry, Track and Field, Oxford, MS
Gwendolyn Berry was originally recruited to college as a jumper and multi-event athlete. However, a few years later she found herself hanging up her jumping shoes and turning to the hammer throw instead. With two USA Indoor Championship titles already under her belt, Gwendolyn is now looking to medal at the upcoming World Championships and the Olympic Games. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will alleviate her burden of having to work two part-time jobs to cover training expenses and allow her to focus on elevating her performance and securing a position on the 2016 Olympic Team.
Irene Gardner, Rugby, San Francisco, CA
Irene Gardner began playing rugby at the University of California at Berkeley. Under the training of top women’s coaches, she represented team USA at the 2013 World Cup in Moscow and is now looking at the Olympic stage. She has been training intensively between her work hours as a dietician to meet the physical demands of being an elite athlete. However, with the approaching 2016 Olympic Games, Irene has decided to place her career on hold. The assistance the WSF Travel and Training Fund will support her transition into full-time training and allow her to reach her goal of representing Team USA next year in Rio.
Isabella Gomez, Snowboarding, Issaquah, WA
At 13 years old, Isabella Gomez is a major contender in all six disciplines of snowboarding. Because of her strong track record at the U.S. Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Nationals, Isabella has qualified to receive exclusive Project Gold training. With her sights set on competing in the Junior World Championships when she becomes eligible and competing against women twice her age at the national level, Isabella has been focused on fine-tuning her techniques across all snowboarding disciplines. Isabella will use this WSF Travel & Training Fund grant to cover the fees of attending national competitions and training camps, which will give her access to the best coaches and training facilities in the nation.
Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt, Track and Field, Chula Vista, CA
Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt lost her sight to retinal cancer as a toddler at 22 months old but has not allowed her blindness to stop her from setting the highest goals. As of today, Ivonne has completed 13 marathons and holds the American record in the 1500m, 3000m, and 5000m distances. Despite being diagnosed with a rare form of bladder cancer in 2014, she has not stopped running and is currently training for the 2016 Paralympic Games. She intends to use these WSF Travel & Training funds to cover the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for her and her guide to the 2015 Paralympic Track and Field World Championships.
Katherine McFetridge, Rowing, Marlton, NJ
Katherine McFetridge postponed her career in medicine to pursue her dream of representing Team USA in the women’s single sculls. Five years after she began rowing, Katherine secured a spot on the national team for the 2015 Pan American Games. This upcoming year, she is determined to win multiple championship titles and break her own personal records to become the fast woman in women’s single skulls and advance to the Rio Olympics. This WSF Travel & Training Fund grant will cover her racing expenses at major events such as the Head of the Charles Regatta where she will face top competitors from around the world.
Katie Holloway, Sitting Volleyball, Menlo Park, CA
As a member of the USA Women’s Sitting Volleyball team, Katie is a two-time Silver medalist (Beijing Paralympic Games, London Paralympic Games). In 2012, Katie was voted USA Volleyball’s Best Female Player of the Year in Sitting Discipline and recently helped her team win a silver medal, solidifying qualification for the Rio Paralympic Games. Katie first proved her outstanding work ethic by becoming the first female amputee to play Division I basketball on a scholarship in the NCAA. She continues to prove hard work by spending her days working full-time as a recreational therapist and her nights building her own sitting volleyball training structure from the ground up. The Travel & Training grant will alleviate some of the financial strain of finding and covering gym time, hiring coaches, and other fees.
Kaitlyn Gregg Goodman, Track & Field, Providence, RI
Running since she was just fourteen years old, Kaitlyn was recruited by University of California, Davis where she qualified for NCAA Championships and graduated as Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Her success continued as she broke into her post-collegiate career, qualifying for the Marathon Olympic Trials in 2014. As Kaitlin continues with her solo athletic career, she has also made it a family affair! She and her brother, Brendan Gregg, are both training with goals to become the fastest brother-sister combo in the running world. The Travel & Training grant will help Kaitlin receive in person coaching. She is training to represent Team USA in the 10,000-meter run at the 2016 Olympic Games.
Kelsey Campbell, Wrestling, Phoenix, AZ
Kelsey Campbell is a successful athlete in the sport of wrestling who has competed in major events such as the World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games. For the upcoming season, Kelsey looks to win the 2015 World Team Trials and become the most dominant female wrestler in the United States so she can continue to be a role model for female wrestlers around the world. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will help to provide assistance with her training gear, training partners and travel expenses to elite training camps.
Kristen Findley, Running, Austin, TX
Kristen Findley is a middle distance runner with her eyes on qualifying for a Team USA World Championship before hanging up her track shoes for good. Originally a ski racer, Kristen was forced to change sports at just ten years old, due a family move. Determined to have an athletic career, she picked up cross country running and used the next fourteen years to push through high school records and a Division I collegiate career. She studied biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University and used her degree as a research and development engineer. After reaching incredible professional heights, Kristen recommitted to her athletic talents and decided to take her running career to the next level. Kristen will use the Travel & Training grant to help with living and training expenses to take a step back from her career, which will enable her to focus on her athletic goals.
Kristi Castlin, Track & Field, Alpharetta, GA
Ranked 5th in the United States, this hurdler exemplifies both physical and mental toughness. After losing a sponsorship deal, Kristi remains determined to reach her short term goals of becoming the World Champion in the 100-meter hurdles in the 2016 World Indoor Championships. She also hopes to medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The Travel & Training grant will help Kristi with daily living expenses in order to properly prepare herself physically, mentally, and spiritually. “This grant can be that miracle” she says. Off the track, Kristi has served as the U.S. Ambassador of Sports in Guyana where she shared her knowledge, experience, and guidance with aspiring champions.
Lauren Gibbs, Bobsled, Lake Placid, NY
After just her year of training, Lauren has already reached incredible heights on the US National Women’s Bobsled Team. Although many track and field athletes make the transition to bobsled, Lauren came from a volleyball background. Her laser focus allowed her to earn her an Executive MBA, compete in her first combine, and represent the United States on an international level all within a few months. The best is yet to come! The Travel & Training grant will allow Lauren to continue training and allow her access to the best ice facilities around the world. She is now channeling her focus to get faster and stronger to earn a spot on USA 1 for the next season, separate herself competitively, and bring home a gold medal from the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Maggie Hogan, Canoeing, Huntington Beach, OK
Having attended the Beijing Olympic Games as a training partner and qualifying for every World Championship in sprint canoe for the past ten years, Maggie Hogan has proven to be a world-class canoer. After switching coaches and training programs, Maggie has seen a huge improvement in her race results and is committed to rigorous training. Maggie intends to use this WSF Travel & Training Fund grant to finance airfare costs to competitions and training expenses with the best coaches, so that she can win a spot on Team USA in her final attempt to compete at the Olympic Games.
Margo Geer, Swimming, Tucson, AZ
A recent finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and a bronze medalist at the 2015 FINA World Championships, Margo is just one year post- graduation from the University of Arizona where she was a four year student athlete. Margo’s goals of competing in the 2016 Olympic Games will take continued hard work and dedication to freestyle and swimming as a whole. She is still adjusting to the transition from student-athlete to full-time athlete which requires a great deal of financial support. The Travel & Training grant will give Margo the ability to chase her dream by staying in Tucson to train at an elite facility with a world class pool and weight room.
Mahagony Jones, Track and Field, Phoenix, AZ
Mahagony Jones, a recent graduate from Penn State University, is a five-time Big Ten Champion and five-time NCAA D-I All-American in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m relay. Since graduating, she has broken the world record in the 400m leg at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Mahagony plans to use the WSF Travel and Training Fund to help with her travel costs to international competitions and to continue to prepare for the upcoming World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Maria Michta, Track and Field, Farmingville, NY
Maria Michta was the 20K National Champion at the 2012 Olympic Trials and competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She is determined to make another appearance at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Maria has earned numerous national titles and a spot on both the Pan American and World Championship teams, while completing her graduate studies in Biomedical Sciences. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will be used to alleviate the pressure of having to balance strenuous training with a part-time job so she can attend elite training camps and build up competition experience on an international stage.
Marion Lepert, Windsurfing, Belmont, CA
Marion Lepert is a competitive windsurfer with the sole aim of winning a medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Due to the lack of awareness around her sport, Marion has been charged with designing her own Olympic marketing campaign. In order to train full-time for the Olympic Team Trials, Marion has decided to take a year off from college. This WSF Travel & Training Fund grant will help Marion cover the costs associated with competing in the US Olympic qualifiers at the ISAF World Cup Miami and the Princess Sofia Regatta in Spain.
Marissa Castelli, Figure Skating, Cranston, RI
In pursuit of competing at the world-class level in pair’s figure skating, Marissa Castelli recently moved from Boston to Canada to train with renowned coaches. During her pairs skating career, Marissa has seized two national championship titles and a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Marissa will use the WSF Travel & Training grant to pay for coaching fees and training expenses abroad so that she can fulfill her dream of representing Team USA at international competitions in the upcoming season.
Melinda Winthrow, Track & Field, Missoula, MT
Melinda knows exactly what she wants and just how to get there. Temporarily relocated to Phoenix, Melinda left a job in Montana to pole vault alongside the best athletes and coaches at the ALTIS Training Group. With her eyes on the 2016 Olympic Games, she is determined to bring home gold for the United States making it the third gold medal in US history for women’s pole vaulting! The Travel &Training grant will assist with training fees, allowing Melinda to become a full time athlete at the World Athletic Center. The few hours she is not training hard, Melinda serves as the Vertical Jumps Chair for USA Track & Field.
Melissa Erickson, Cycling, San Pedro, CA
After training for less than three years, Melissa Erickson has become a top-ranked female sprint cyclist. She is the first member from Team USA to win a medal in her event at the World Cup in six years and now has her sights set on claiming the gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games, Pan American Championships, World Cups and World Championships. Despite fracturing her spine in late 2013, Melissa returned just months later to seize a World Cup medal. In May 2015, she was involved in a training crash and is now working to recover her top position in her sport. She will use the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Travel and Training Fund to secure a spot on the 2016 Olympic Team in Rio.
Michelle Konkoly, Swimming, Eagleville, PA
During her second semester in Georgetown University as a NCAA D-I athlete, Michelle Konkoly slipped and fell five stories to the ground while opening a window. Despite suffering a major spinal cord injury that left her with no feeling or movement in her legs, she refused to give up the sport she loves. In 2012, Michelle discovered Paralympic swimming and has continued to rise to the top of world rankings in the 50m and 100m freestyle. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will cover her monthly training costs with world-renowned coaches and give her the chance to stand on the podium at the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Nelya Schasfoort, Swimming, Avon Lake, OH
Nelya Schasfoort was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a condition which affects normal range of motion in one or more joints and constricted Nelya’s use of her arms and her back. In spite of these health-related obstacles, she became one of the youngest athletes chosen to represent Team USA at the 2015 Parapan American Games. Currently ranked No. 2 nationally in the 50m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 200m IM, Nelya will use this WSF Travel & Training Fund grant to continue training and to fulfill her vision of taking the podium with a gold medal at upcoming competitions.
Rebecca Hart, Equestrian, Wellington, FL
Rebecca Hart is a two-time Paralympian and a six-time national champion in dressage, whose goal is to secure a spot on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team and promote the growth of Paralympic sports. This WSF Travel & Training Fund grant will offset the expensive transportation costs associated with being a major competitor in her sport and give Rebecca the opportunity to compete in three Paralympic qualifiers. These events are essential —they give Rebecca the opportunity to earn more points as an individual competitor and also help Team USA improve its world standings.
Stefanie Putnam, Para-Equestrian, Lafayette, CA
Stefanie is a prime example of an individual courageously overcoming challenges and creating possibility. After suffering from a spinal cord injury in 2009, Stefanie discovered the sport of para-equestrian and was “back on the saddle” by 2010. Stefanie is working hard to represent the United States at the 2016 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships in Europe. This event takes place every two years. She also plans to continue as a motivational speaker, instilling hope in others who face extreme challenges. The Travel & Training grant with help Stefanie will traveling expenses for her horse and carriage in order to compete in 2016 FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championships in Amsterdam.
Tarah Kayne, Figure Skating, Bradenton, FL
Tarah Kayne is a competitive pair’s figure skater who has represented Team USA internationally for the last three seasons with her partner, Danny O’Shea. Behind her strong results during the last competition season, she discovered that the incessant pain in her hip was a serious labral tear that required surgery and a long recovery period. The WSF Travel and Training Fund supports Tarah’s rehabilitation and training expenses so she can fully recover and return as a serious contender at the 2016 World Championships.
Taylor Bruynzeel, Surfing, Newbury Park, CA
Currently ranked No. 1 in the West Coast in Women’s U18 Longboard, Taylor Bruynzeel is seeking to make an appearance at many important competitions this upcoming season. During the next several months, she plans to train in preparation for the Malibu Invitational and East Coast Surfing Championships. With the assistance of the WSF Travel and Training Fund, Taylor will be able to travel abroad and gain competition experience essential in propelling her forward in her surfing career.
Tess Johnson, Downhill Skiing, Edwards, CO
Tess Johnson is a 14-year-old competitive mogul skier on the US “C” Ski Team with the dream of competing at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She has been skiing since she was two years old and is the youngest athlete to be named to the US Freestyle Mogul Team. In the upcoming year, she plans to qualify for the FIS World Cup competitions by placing competitively in the North American Cup and US Selection Events. The WSF Travel and Training Fund will cover the travel, lodging, and food expenses necessary for participation at the North American Grand Prix and other major competitions during the season.
Tracey Morgan, Equestrian, Beallsville, MD
In 2015, Tracey Morgan claimed championship titles at two international competitions in the equestrian discipline of combined driving. During her successful career, Tracey has secured numerous national championship titles and has been selected for every international team at the Pony World Championships between 2002 and 2009. Tracey plans to use the WSF Travel and Training Fund to cover the transportation expenses associated with her sport and is determined to continue being a competitive force during her upcoming season.
USA Baseball, Baseball, Durham, NC
USA Baseball Women’s National Team brought home gold at the 2015 Pan American Games. With players from ages sixteen to forty, Team USA has competed in Women’s Baseball World Cup every two years and has taken home two golds and most recently, a silver in 2014. These women, none of which starred on their high school teams or received collegiate scholarships, show that love for your sport and hard work certainly pay off. The Travel & Training grant will provide increased financial support to secure the additional coaches and other resources they need to carry that momentum to the top of the 2016 World Cup podium. This will end U.S.’s decade-long dry spell by winning gold at the 2016 World Cup in South Korea.
USA Diving 3-meter Synchronized Diving Team, Diving, Durham, NC
Laura Ryan and Abby Johnston represent Team USA in women’s 3-meter synchronized diving. During their recent competition season, they won the 2014 World Cup Trials, 2014 Winter National Championships and the 2015 USA Diving World Championship Trials. With the approach of the next Olympic cycle, Laura and Abby are determined to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and return home with the gold. The team has increased their training trips and maintained a competitive training regime. Since Ryan and Johnston reside in separate cities, the Foundation’s Travel & Training Fund support will give them the opportunity to train together more frequently in out-of-state facilities and cover various other competition expenses.
USA Women’s Double Team, Rowing, Princeton, NJ
Having represented Team USA in the women’s double sculls for the past two years, Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary were recently named the champions of the 2015 National Selection Regatta. This duo has remained undefeated in the United States for the past three years and is currently preparing to become the second USA women’s double team to win the World Cup and seize the championship title at the World Championships. The Foundation’s Travel & Training Fund helps Ellen and Meghan cover the costs of traveling to California for winter training and to other key competitions in preparation for 2016 Olympic Games qualifying events.
Vivian Le, Figure Skating, Plano, TX
Vivian fell in love with figure skating at five years old as she took the first couple of strides of her career. In 2014, Vivian became a U.S National Novice Ladies Champion with the highest free skate record in history and Junior Ladies Champion at the Grand Prix Bratislava, Slovakia. At just 15 years old, Vivian is the 2015 U.S. Junior Bronze medalist and in the International Selection Pool for the 2015-2016 season for Team USA. The past two years she has worked long hours and has seen much success. This year will be no different. Vivian is now working hard to become the 2016 Junior Ladies U.S. Champion and compete at the 2016 Youth Olympics. Her ultimate goal is to skate her way to the 2018 Olympic Games. The Travel & Training grant puts a stamp on her passport to continue her training and achieve her athletic goals. Off of the ice, Vivian is a Junior Board member in the Dallas Figure Skating Club.
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