Olympic Musings (for an Olympic Hopeful)

Well, here we are. It’s September, and the season is a mere month and a half away from “officially” starting! Since the beginning of the last update, not much has changed in the way of my training and summer life: I work full time at Dancing Bear Restaurant, train full time at the Olympic Training Center, and have been keeping busy enough that I have effectively neglected this blog!

I’d like to turn away from my “normal” update and draw attention to the biggest sporting event of the summer, the Olympic Games, I’d like to point out that what these athletes did in those epic two weeks is exactly what I am training for every day. It’s hard to see the amount of work that goes into those two weeks, or that race, that game, that moment, especially if you’re just a casual observer.

Of course, my most-watched event was the US Women’s Soccer Team’s incredible run to their third consecutive and fourth all-time gold medal. If you missed their semifinal victory over Canada (and Alex Morgan’s incredible game-winning header in the 122′ of the game) then you missed one of the greatest games of soccer ever played. Men or women. Period.

The Olympics were filled with triumphs and defeats, records breaking, hearts breaking and bones breaking. It was one of the most enjoyable Games I’ve ever watched. London put on a better show than Beijing, going for history and intimacy over power and pizzaz, and it showed.

I will tell you now that US viewers especially see only the glamorous side of athletes, and with the high-profile athletes getting much of the attention, much about an athlete’s sacrifice and hardships (both physically and financially) is lost. Many of you might have seen the many articles and reports about the financial burdens of Olympic athletes and of their parents.

Being on “this side” of an Olympic Games was very interesting, insightful, and powerful. As most of you know, I have had my financial troubles, and will continue to have them as I continue in this sport. It’s almost ludicrous to ask family and friends for help financially, because everyone is having financial issues in this economy. It’slucrativedaceis so to ask strangers to support an Olympic dream.

After working 50+ hours a week most of the summer with two jobs, one would suspect that I had saved enough funds to travel in the upcoming season, should I earn such a spot following the US Team Trials in October/November. But, not being an OTC resident athlete, one must factor in rent, car insurance, groceries, and other miscellaneous costs that have nothing to do with the sport of skeleton itself. All that being said, I do not have nearly the amount of funds I had hoped for.

Yes, there is roughly a month of work left to be had, but I will be able to earn only so much.

If you are interested in helping me through the 2012-2013 skeleton season, please don’t hesitate to ask me for information. Donations are tax-deductible when sent to the Utah Bobsled and Skeleton Association.

WRITE ON MEMO LINE: Lauren Salter sponsorship
INCLUDE: Your name and address in a note
SEND IT TO: Utah Bobsled and Skeleton Association
P.O. Box 581131
Salt Lake City, UT 84158

As my attention span is drawing to a close, I will leave you with some pictures that have come from the last couple of weeks, including a week-long vacation to Boston to visit my twin brother, Kendall, and a trip to Saratoga Springs. Enjoy, keep in touch, and keep moving forward!

(Mirror Lake at sunrise)

(Kendall and me in Boston)

(At the Saratoga Race Course)

(Rainbow over Mirror Lake)


2 thoughts on “Olympic Musings (for an Olympic Hopeful)

  1. a note: I think you mean “ludicrous,” ridiculous, not “lucrative,” bringing in money. I wouldn’t correct it, but that particular slip makes it say exactly what you don’t mean.

    Best of luck!

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