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A team fund forMichal Smolen

$9,305 given of $31,600 goal

Road to Rio 2016

Started by: Charles Conner


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Help NOC support 2016 Olympic hopeful Michal Smolen's Olympic journey! His bronze medal finish at the 2015 World Championships makes Michal a serious 2016 medal contender. He's doing his part, earning recognition as a Team USA Breakout Star of 2015.

We'll match donations dollar-for-dollar up to $12,000 to help cover his training and travel expenses leading up to the Olympics. Michal took his first strokes on the Nantahala River, and he's grown up paddling at NOC. So please help support our homegrown hopeful!

It costs almost $37,000 to support a world-class Olympic paddlesports athlete. See the "Wishlist" section to read how that breaks down. Your support can help us get a paddlesports Olympian back on the podium!

Latest Update

My journey has made it to! Please take 5 minutes to read about my long journey to the Olympics. Thank you & stay tuned for the results from this weekend's Olympic Trials in Charlotte! Link ~

Posted by Charles

April 6 at 8:02pm

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Hello. Just want to let you know the first batch of postcards is heading out from Rio de Janeiro. Please be sure to reply to with your name & address to receive yours. Thank you for your continued support!

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March 19 at 4:03pm

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Well I didn't win the Powerball but that's alright because I've got an amazing support team behind my Road to Rio. Thank you all so much for your generous contributions thus far! No doubt this will be a great year!! -Michal

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January 9 at 8:17pm

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It's so humbling to see the first donations come in. I'm very excited to share my journey with all of you and I'm very honored to have your support on my quest for Olympic glory! Thank you for your generosity and for being part of my team! -Michal

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January 6 at 2:20pm

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Water Access / Training Session

Help Michal secure water for Winter Camp & Rio training. Each session is $30 to $40 depending on location. Covering just one training fee will give you a significant share in Michal's 2016 success!


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Race Entry & Accreditation

Michal will compete in a series of competitions to prepare and develop for Rio. Hopefully these races will prime him to peak in August at the Olympics.


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One Night of Lodging

The single largest expense, Michal needs motel rooms for all 130 days he'll be on the road racing and training this season. Help him get a good night's sleep.


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A Day's Meals

Michal eats often and eats big as part of his nutrition regimen. He'll need meals for all of his training days.


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Air Fare to Europe or Brazil

Michal will travel to Europe and Brazil seven times for races and training sessions before (and including) the Olympics. Help him cover his boarding passes.


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Boat Transportation

Traveling with a regulation-size slalom kayak isn't easy--or affordable. Airlines charge hefty baggage fees even for lightweight slalom kayaks.


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  • Forrest robinson3 years ago We are so proud of you! Paris, Bambi,& Forrest Robinson
  • Jeff McCandless3 years ago Best wishes. Rafal was such a great coach for our son and helped him get to Beijing, happy to help out Michal, he sure has grown.
  • The McSpaddens3 years ago Give it all you've got!! You're a Winner!
  • sara wingler3 years ago Best wishes.
  • Ben and Lorna Timmons3 years ago Best wishes.
  • Scott, Meg, William & Mason Farmer3 years ago You're an inspiration to young and old alike! Making the USA & Gaston County proud of your perseverance in life and on the water! Up Up Up!
  • Carlos Ifarraguerri3 years ago Best of luck in Rio Michal. We will be cheering for you all the way! Carlos, Nancy, and family
  • Henri Kieffer and Ann Batchelder3 years ago So exciting!! Fast and Clean and you will get there. Henri and Ann
  • Adam & Caleb Van Grack3 years ago Race fast & clean in Rio!
  • Klan Maleckich3 years ago Good luck in Rio!
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