2010 Olympian | Long Track | Jilleanne Rookard
On Making Her First Olympic Team...
Making the 2010 olympic team was both everything I expected and nothing I expected at all! Of course I visioned it being the best sports event on earth, which it was. However I don't know if anything could have prepared me for the emotional impact it would have on me for the rest of my life.
With my mother being very I'll the years leading up to the games it felt like a very panicked, exhausting race to make the team before she inevitably passed. When she did in December I thought I would never get through this huge event I had been waiting for all of my life.
As it turned out 8 of my family members came to support me. I will never forget the absolute rush of gratitude, courage, honor for my country and family, and pure joy when I heard them cheering in the stands.
On top of all of that I saw Kip and Trevor with tears and smiles the entire time leading up to the olympics. I don't think I could've asked for anything better. The pain and hard work was worth all of those little moments that I can carry with me for the rest of my life.
Patrick Meek | Long Track
2014 Olympic Hopeful
Ever since I first stepped on the ice when I was 2 years old, it has been my dream to make an Olympic team. I know the phrase "blood, sweat and tears" has by now become cliche in our sports jargon but it represents what myself and many of my teammates have gone through as we pursue this goal. There have been trips to the ER for stitches, cases of near dehydration and multiple tear ducts welling up in the agony of defeat. But those of us who are still around right now have pushed beyond these moments of vulnerability and weakness to be ready for Sochi.
To make the Team for the Sochi Olympics will be the fulfillment of 24 years of hard work and dreaming for myself and my teammates. Over the next two seasons, every practice, race and decision will be in anticipation for that moment. I can not guess what will stand in our way in the process but I have never been more sure that we can handle it!