Welcome to Team Ice & Steel!
Most USA Bobsled & Skeleton athletes are "self-funded" athletes. Expenses for travel, training and equipment can reach $10K to $20K per year per athlete, depending on the level of competition and training. Roger will be competing on the OMEGA series, trying to earn a spot in the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olymic Games. To do so, he will be competing in 8 races, all before the end of December of 2019. He will be competing in Lillehammer Norway, Konigssee Germany, Park City Utah and Lake Placid New York. If he makes the US team, he will then go back to St Moritz Switzerland to compete for TEAM USA! All of this while they balancing school schedules, and getting ready for college!
Eric & Roger's first exposure to a "sliding sport" was at a USA luge slider search when in middle school. After getting promoted through the developmental ranks of USA luge, Roger competed at the USA Luge Youth Nationals. It was during that year of training at Lake Placid that both Eric & Roger were introduced to the US Jr. Bobsled program. They trained in the 2-man boblsed, with Roger being the pilot, and Eric being the brakeman. Their first two years, they competed in the Empire State Winter Games, earning a silver medal each year. Their third year saw them break through with a gold medal performance! It was also that year that the coach suggested they give Skeleton a serious try. They both spent the winter training in Lake Placid, and within the first month went from the junior start (start 4) to the World Cup start (start 1) at the top of the track. Both earned the right to compete at US Nationals that year. There they would compete against the current US National team and former Olympians.
Fast forward two years, and Roger is now competeing internationally for TEAM USA!! With multiple TOP TEN finishes in his first season racing internationally for TEAM USA, Roger has stepped on to the World Stage in dramatic fashion. However, to take the next step, he needs your help!
Why Roger Needs your Support
Aside from the $10K-$15K in travel and training expenses to compete internationally each season, skeleton equipment is very costly. New sleds can cost over $15,000, and that does not include runners (that cost over $1000 a set). Skeleton athletes need multiple sets of runners to match track and weather conditions, or they are at a HUGE disadvantage to the other competitors. Roger is currently using an old sled from a Luxemborg athlete. (Turns out the Luxemborg athlete is orginally from Akron....what are the odds of that!!) However, the sled was made to unique specifications, which unfortunatley make it impossible to update it with any new stock runners. They will have to be made specifically for that sled.
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EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS!! You can donate ANY AMOUNT, from $5 to....well, anything you like! Please consider supporting, even if it's just a few dollars. It all adds up to help support a rising star for TEAM USA!
- We have some great "swag" items for those that can donate ceratin amounts, but please don't feel those are the only amounts you can donate. You can donate any amount you like.
- If you are a business, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call us at 330-416-3229, for all of the options and details, as there are regulations and rules we have to follow. We have some great ways to work with businesses, so please contact us if you can help!
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$25Ice & Steel DecalTeam Ice & Steel decal sticker. Great for windows, gear bags, lockers, or anywhere you want to look cool!
$50Ice & Steel MugNothing holds warm drinks better than a "cool" mug! There's nothing cooler than a Team Ice & Steel mug. Guaranteed to be the talk of the break room. You will also get the Team Ice & Steel Decal at this level as well.
$150Ice & Steel Sports BottleShow your support with the official Ice & Steel 17 oz. aluminum sports bottle. Looks great at the gym or anywhere else you want to hydrate like a world class athlete! You will also get the Ice & Steel Decal and mug at this donation level.
$250Ice & Steel Long Sleeve TeeShow your support by rocking the "official" Ice & Steel long sleeve t-shirt. Looks great at the gym or anywhere else you want to look like an athlete! Available in Red, Grey. As an added Bonus you also get the Ice & Steel sports bottle too!!
$500"Gold Medal" Supporter Package"GOLD MEDAL" SUPPORTER PACKAGE Stay warm , (just like those super cool skeleton athletes!), in the Official Ice & Steel Hoodie! Available in Blue & Grey. As a bonus for being a "Gold Medal" level supporter, you will also receive the Ice & Steel long sleeve tee AND the Ice & Steel Sports Bottle!
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