|Carter and I in front of his poster|
Another opportunity came along in mid-April to speak with Jeffrey to a small group of wonderful people at Wheaton Bible Church. This group had prayed for me while I was at the 2010 Olympics and through my grandma Peltz, they have gotten updates here and there on our lives, successes, and trainings. But we've never been face-to-face connected. So upon being asked to speak, I jumped on the chance to be able to first, thank them for their committed prayer support over the years, and secondly, to give them direct insight on what the Vancouver Olympics was like and what training in speedskating looks like as well. How their eyes lit up upon seeing the crazy training we go through to get to the Olympic-level caliber! But the most impacting and important thing that came from that time was that Jeffrey and I were able to build that personal connection with those who have supported our dreams and aspirations.
|Nick, myself and Travis|
During the US Speedskating Board meeting in Cleveland, USS's event manager Breanna Bissell set up a fun evening for everyone with tickets to a Cavaliers vs Knicks game. At one of the time-outs, they announced that USS was in the building and three of us 2010 Olympians, Nick Pearson, Travis Jayner and I, went down to center court and threw out t-shirts to the fans. I was proud to have been complimented on my throwing skills...but I have to give ALL that credit to my father who taught me all I know. :)
|Jackie, Jamie, Ron, Diane and Ashley|
April 29th was the Walk and Roll event for the American Cancer Society that some of us Olympians were asked to join Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the greatest female heptathetes, to be a part of and kick off the event. It was an honor to be apart of this event, but it was most humbling being amongst those who had survived cancer and were there to breath life into those who were presently facing the battle.
|Mitch, myself, Alex and Linda|
- on May 19th at 7:30am is the Wiesbrook Tiger Trot 5K benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities where I will start of the race and be apart of the festivities afterwards. Check out the link above!
- then June 16th is Olympic Day where Olympians in the Chicagoland area will be supporting the Olympic Movement with the Family Sports Festival. There will also be a kickoff to the Family Sports Festival with the Walk to London 2012.
1 Corinthians 9:25