Meet APTE: Athletes for a Positive Training Environment

September 18, 2012

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The skaters have been hinting that they had something in the works so that fans could show their support. Well, here it is. APTE: Athletes for a Positive Training Environment.

https://www.facebook.com/4APTE

I haven’t had a chance to look through the entire site yet, but you can leave comments, encouragement AND – this is a biggiethere is information on how you can make donations directly to the skaters!

The Speedskating Program has always been severely underfunded. Even more distressing is that the majority of the money you send to most non profit entities rarely trickles down to the people you thought you were trying to help in the first place. Administrative costs more often than not eat up the bulk of donations. Now you can cut out the middleman entirely and know for certain that your donation to APTE will be going directly to the skaters.
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Lack of funding and funding misrepresentation are issues that are part of the skaters complaints against USS. If you haven’t read the list of the skaters grievances, you can go here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2012-09/133629640-14134437.pdf

On page 10 is one of the allegations that relates to this issue.
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To be honest, when I read the following blog post on USS’s site, I thought it was infinitely worse, to the point that I almost whipped off a blog post of my own under the category of ‘How could you!!! Have you no shame?!!!’.
http://skateleft.com/2012/07/

It was by far and away one of the most flagrant and egregious misrepresentations to pander for donations I have ever seen. The insinuation that your donation would somehow be helping the skaters with some of these basic expenses would be laughable if it wasn’t so criminal. How many times have skaters been told they had to pay their own way to an international competition after being selected for a World Cup team? That, next to coaching, is the one thing USS should be paying for above all else. If they can’t even manage that, then it’s rather obvious that they won’t be helping the skaters with much of anything else on the aforementioned laundry list of expenses.

Tugging on heart strings, appealing to your sense of patriotism and your sincere desire to help, that’s how non profits operate. If you still want to make donations to them, so be it.
But before you do, first make a donation directly to a skater you truly want and intend to help in the first place.

http://gofundme.com/4APTE

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American Cup 1 2011. The results are in…

October 3, 2011

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The first competition of the season for the U.S. Skaters is in the books, and the U.S. Team for the upcoming World Cups has been chosen.

For full results and points, you can go to Tony Chung’s spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkKaRsNHioRqdEFfUGZtZDhpb2l1aEdvYnRrTF9RTWc&hl=en_US#gid=25

The following results are from US Speedskatings site. The top 4 skaters were automatic team members, with two additional discretionary picks by the coaches. Here’s how it shakes out:

World Cup #1 – Salt Lake City, USA (October 21-23)

Ladies:

Lana Gehring (Glenview, IL)

Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, WI)

Katherine Reutter (Champaign, IL)

Jessica Smith (Melvindale, MI)

Emily Scott (Springfield, MO)

Sarah Chen (San Marino, CA)

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Men:

J.R. Celski (Federal Way, WA)

Kyle Carr (Peachtree City, GA)

Jordan Malone (Denton, TX)

Jonathan Garcia (Houston, TX)

John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kyle Uyehara (Lakewood, CA)

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World Cup #3 – Nagoya, JPN, (December 2-4)

World Cup #4 Shanghai, CHN, (December 9-11)

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Ladies:

Lana Gehring (Glenview, IL)

Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, WI)

Katherine Reutter (Champaign, IL)

Jessica Smith (Melvindale, MI)

Emily Scott (Springfield, MO)

Tamara Fredericks (Park Ridge, IL)

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Men:

J.R. Celski (Federal Way, WA)

Kyle Carr (Peachtree City, GA)

Jordan Malone (Denton, TX)

Jonathan Garcia (Houston, TX)

Simon Cho (Laurel, MD)

Travis Jayner (Midland, MI)

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* Team USA will not be competing in World Cup #2 (October 28-30) in Saguenay, CAN
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It’s wonderful to see Travis Jayner is on the second leg of the World Cups. He had to scratch today due to a fall that was accompanied by a concussion. We love Tony’s live feeds, but we HATE seeing the skaters injured. We’re so glad you’re OK Travis!

Congratulations to all the skaters!

And Thank You Tony Chung for the live feed. We’d be lost without you. To donate to Tony for bringing us all ACTUAL MOVING PICTURES, go to the following link:
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/Donation.html
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On a side note: This season started out with quite a few skaters greatly missed. Jeff Simon, Simon Cho, Morgan Izykowski, and Anthony Lobello. Simon Cho has been on the mend and the coaches must think enough of him to give him a spot on the World Cup 3 and 4 Team despite not being able to compete. Anthony is finishing his school obligations. Good for you Anthony. Get the parchment and then concentrate on getting some GOLD.

I’m a bit sad Kimberly Derrick didn’t make the team, but it does give some other gals some experience. As a fan, we have a warm spot in our hearts for certain skaters and Kimberly is one of them. We’re heartbroken for them when they don’t fare well, even though we know there are only so many spots, and everyone can’t make a team. Kimberly’s concentrating on school too the last I heard and I’m sure a lot of her energy is going into that. Hang in there Berly.

Fellow Olympic Team Member Allison Baver was also MIA. She announced on her FB page that she’s decided to train for another Olympics, but seeing as she wasn’t at this competition, perhaps she has decided to continue giving long track a go.

The best of luck to all of you.
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To check out the rest of the news, see the links to the right for US Speedskating, the Boots and Blades Forum, Bella Faccie photography and Tony Chung- Short Track HD.


Oh My, J.R. Celski…

September 8, 2010

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This is a fan blog about J.R. Celski.
Carmina Chung has some lovely photos of her meet and greet with J.R.

Photo by Carmina Chung

Here’s the blog site:
http://ohmyjrcelski.tumblr.com/post/1065712751/i-got-to-meet-jr-at-a-benefit-walk-this-past

And here is the link to more of her photos of J.R. Celski:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/53443226@N03/sets/72157624712345103/

ALSO: (Yes, I accepted the mission) Don’t forget to add J.R.’s ‘M.A.D. Northwest’ blog to your favorites list.
http://madnw.org/the-making-of-our-documentary/

Follow on twitter and Facebook too!

(J.R…ya need some help with the graphics on the site. Hey, I’m just sayin’…)


J.R. Celski is M.A.D. Northwest

August 9, 2010

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J.R. MAD?

Yup, that’s M.A.D. …as in – Music – Art – Dance.

Last I heard, J.R. was taking some time off from short track speedskating and would soon be making his way to attend UC Berkeley.

But as John Lennon so wisely said, “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.”

So True…and so it has for J.R.

M.A.D. Northwest is J.R.’s personal project to bring attention to the arts in his beloved Seattle.

Show your support (as per Jordan Malone to help ‘junior’, LOL) and join his fanpage on facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/MAD-Northwest/135856759782864

Go directly to the M.A.D. Northwest website to see what it’s all about:
http://madnw.org/

And click on the photo below to read up at US Speedskating/USA.org
on how serendipity brought J.R. to this place in time:

And you can also read even more and see oodles of photos of J.R. on the Boots & Blades Forum too:

http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=tsl&action=display&thread=102&page=14

Great Idea J.R. Wishing you every success with this endeavor!


National Youth Leadership Committee of the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration

August 4, 2010

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There are some familiar Olympic Athletes on this list. To read the entire article and see who else is on the list, go here:

http://www.atlasstrategies.com/news/ase-client-terrence-austin-joins-presidential-committee/
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38 Athletes, Entertainers, and Student Leaders Under Age 25 Inspired by President Reagan Will Honor the 100th Birthday of America’s 40th President

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced today the formation of the National Youth Leadership Committee for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration. Each of these 38 young athletes, entertainers, and student leaders has been inspired in a personal way by President Reagan’s vision of freedom and the example of his leadership. Committee members will participate in the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration representing America’s next generation of leaders.

“We need you. We need your youth. We need your strength. We need your idealism to help us make right that which is wrong,” President Reagan declared on May 17, 1981, in a commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. “Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.”…

Members of National Youth Leadership Committee include:

J.R. Celski, Speed Skater, Olympic Medalist & Eight-Time World Champion

Katherine Reutter, Speed Skater, Two-Time Olympic Medalist & World Cup Champion


JR Celski Golden Scarf Recipient at Sounders Game!

July 27, 2010

Reposted from:
http://www.thatssopinoy.com/apps/blog/entries/show/4310662-jr-celski-golden-scarf-recipient-at-sounders-game-
Posted by: Tony Ventrella
07/18/2010 1:01 PM


Fil/Am Olympic Bronze Medalist JR Celski receives honorary Golden Scarf at the July 18th Sounders Game!

INTERVIEW


Golden Scarf: J.R. Celski
Majority Owner Joe Roth presenting Olympic Speed Skater J.R. Celski with the Golden Scarf prior to the Sounders match against Celtic FC.

Click the link: ‘Golden Scarf:J.R. Celski’ below to view the video interview:

Golden Scarf: J.R. Celski from Seattle Sounders FC on Vimeo.

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J.R. also represents the AIM products. Read about it here:

http://www.aimherbalfiberblend.info/athletes-leafgreens.aspx


J.R. Celski

July 11, 2010

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Nice little video interview (before the Olympics) with J.R. about his other sports loves, and a new photo I hadn’t seen on his injury at Olympic Trials last year. (Warning: It’s not for the squeamish)

mmmmm, where were these videos in my google alerts when they were first posted?


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