My name is Mike Rossi, I am a Freestyle Aerialist looking to get a spot to go to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Being a non-funded athlete, I need to raise enough money to pay for travel, food, and lodging for this upcoming season to even dream of going to the Olympics.
What I need
Travel is by far the most expensive thing in my sport. Last year added up to over $9,600, and that doesn't include paying for rental cars or gas. Since I'm still not a funded athlete, I will need to somehow pay for all of this myself. I also have rent to pay, which is about $550 a month. This is my second biggest expense per year.
This goal has been in my thoughts through 6 years of hard training. It has been my long-term goal since I started the sport, and going would mean so much to me. It would show me that I can do anything I want to, as long as I put effort and time into it. It would also set me up for a job later in life, because I'm sure most employers would like to hire an Olympian.
My story, my background
I lived in New Jersey all my life, and when I was 7 years old, my parents bought a trampoline in hopes that it would consume some of my seemingly endless amount of energy. I bounced on it every day after school, at first just doing back drops and easy things and eventually working my way up to flips with multiple twists. When I was 13, I tried Aerials when on a trip to visit my Aunt and Uncle in Park City, UT. I ended up loving it, and my parents and I decided to move me to Park City the next summer to persue a future in aerials, with the plan to go to the Olympics in 2014. Fast forward to now, and I'm at that point!
In 2011, my third season of aerials, I won the Nor-am tour. The Nor-am tour is a series of competitions in the U.S. and Canada. At 16, I was the youngest male to ever win the tour.
This past season, I was named FIS Rookie of the Year. All the countries voted on it, and I was voted the best Rookie on the World Cup tour.
Last year, in addition to the Rookie of the Year, I got myself my first World Cup podium. In Deer Valley, UT, just miles away from where I had taken my first jumps 6 years prior, I landed 3 solid jumps and got myself a 3rd place finish. It still stands as the happiest and greatest moment of my life, and I hope to get a few more podiums this season!
My parents and I have been my only consistent team through my whole career. They have given me the support I've needed to become the jumper and the person that I am today. Without their support, I would
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