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he 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are just around the corner!
And U.S. Athletic Trust (USAT) athletes are primed for another great showing. We at USAT have just
completed our 14th year of operation, and we are proud of our accomplishments. Our original mission
was to provide a model of direct support to college graduates training for the Olympic Games. Over
time, we have broadened our efforts locally and thematically. Our motto is “A NEW MODEL OF SPORT
PHILANTHROPY,” as we offer broad NGO (non-governmental organization) support and advocacy on
behalf of America’s under-supported Olympians. Going forward we will continue to focus on three main
1. Direct Olympic Athlete Support: Since 2000, USAT has supported nearly 50 college graduates training
for the Olympic Games. In 2012, all four of our athletes made the Olympic team: Sean Furey
(Javelin), Craig Kinsley (Javelin), Samyr Laine (Triple Jump - finalist) and Donn Cabral (Steeple 7th; USAT
provided Hi-Lo Assist). We will continue to connect deserving athletes with donors. Going into Rio we
have added more high achieving athletes to our roster, and we’re eager to share their stories with you
in the following pages.
2. Direct Olympic Athlete Support Foundation Research: Our ultimate goal was and is to provide a
sustained method of supporting all qualified Olympic athletes. With the advent of the “Giving Pledge”
the desire of the ultra-wealthy to leave impressive legacies has been heightened. We see an
independent “American Olympic Trust” as a very compelling concept for one of these philanthropists.
We are preparing research and business plans for this concept and hope to engage several
prospective donors by Rio 2016.
3. NGB and USOC Policy Research: For the most part, American National Governing Bodies, or NGBs, such
as USA Track & Field and others, as well as the USOC, are self-funding and self-governing. There is no
third party policy and efficacy examination of these organizations. Over time, USAT will develop an online presence to provide constructive critique and policy prescriptions of these organizations. We have
already compiled a large compendium of articles on our website showing the many struggles our
athletes face off the playing field.
We will continue to pursue our mission in a manner that is a model of effectiveness, both in terms of
impact, and of the leanness of our operation. USAT has had NO PROFESSIONAL PAID STAFF since 2008.
We rely 100% on volunteers and our athletes (paid by the hour--of late Nathan Crumpton, who is
training for Skeleton in 2018). You can also see our latest financials on the website. You will have a
tough time finding a leaner charity. Thanks to the support of our donors and volunteers, USAT
continues to offer a unique and effective model of sport philanthropy and training. We look forward to
sharing some very rewarding and exciting moments with you and our athletes in the future.
Augie Wolf – USAT Founder & President
Looking Toward The 2018 Olympics - Nathan Ikon Crumpton
Although the Summer Games are only months away, USAT athlete Nathan Ikon
Crumpton is having a banner year in the Winter Sports. Sliding head first down a twisty
chute of ice at over 80 miles per hour is how the former Princeton long & triple jumper
has spent the past five winters, with his goal of making the 2018 Olympic Games in
Pyeongchang, South Korea.
In the 2014-2015 season he was the #5 ranked skeleton racer in the country, and
he spent his international competitive season racing across Europe on the Europa Cup
series where he finished as the highest ranking American on the tour.
The 2015-2016 was an even larger breakthrough for the self-described adrenaline
junkie, where he finished the US National Team Trials as the #2 racer in the country and
he earned his berth on the World Cup racing circuit. In his rookie season on the elite
circuit, Nathan qualified for the 2016 World Championships in Austria where he finished
as the top American in the field and 8th in the World.
We look forward to seeing what Nathan can do on his path to Pyeongchang in
Meet The Athletes - Donn Cabral
In 2012 Donn Cabral stormed into the professional track & field world. He had just
graduated from Princeton University as the NCAA champion & collegiate record holder
in the 3000m steeplechase, and had his sights set on the Olympic Games. The
economics major and multiple All-American athlete earned his first spot on the Team
USA at the 2012 Olympic Games where he qualified for the finals and finished in 8th
In 2013 Donn faced a setback when he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. But
ever the fighter, Donn was determined to overcome his illness and return to the sport
stronger than ever.
In 2015, after a long but steady recovery, Donn set a new personal record at the
US National Championships and qualified for the World Championships. In Beijing, at the
World Championships, he qualified for the finals where he took the lead for a few laps
before finishing 10th.
Going into Rio in 2016, we know Donn has set his sights even higher, and we look
forward to seeing what this resilient, high achieving athlete can accomplish!
Meet The Athletes - Ashley Higginson
Another Princeton All-American steeplechaser turned USA National Team track &
field athlete, Ashley Higginson has run, jumped, and splashed her way to the highest
level of competition.
In 2012, Ashley missed the US Olympic team by one heartbreaking spot. But
instead of hanging up the spikes, she returned the following year to qualify for the 2013
World Championships in Moscow as a member of the USA National Team, and finished
as the top American in the event.
In 2015 she qualified for Team USA at the Pan America Games in Toronto where
she won GOLD and set a new meet record! On top of that she graduated from Rutgers
Law School in the spring and has volunteered as a social worker for children. High
achieving both on and off the track, Ashley is looking to carry her momentum from 2015
into the Olympic year.
Meet The Athletes - Manteo Mitchell
At the London Olympics in 2012, Manteo Mitchell won a SILVER MEDAL as a part
of the American 4x400m relay team…while running on a broken leg! The sprinter from
North Carolina snapped his fibula on his opening leg of the relay, but miraculously
managed to finish his lap and pass along the baton to his teammate before being taken
to the hospital.
Since then, the Western Carolina University graduate has made significant
progress. In 2015 he won the US Indoor National Championship in the 300m and set
some of the all-time top finishes in the distance over the course of the season, including
coming close to the world record on an oversized track. Unfortunately an injury kept
him from continuing his progress in the outdoor season, but with a full offseason to
recover, Manteo is looking forward to getting back to full health and making another
Meet The Athletes - Sean Furey
National Champion! Not once, not twice, but three times. The 2004 Dartmouth
graduate and engineer has managed to win a trio of National titles in the javelin throw,
including the most recent one in June of 2015 to add to his wins from 2010 and 2014.
Sean, a 2012 Olympian, managed to secure his spot on the 2015 World
Championship roster with his final throw at Nationals, where he unleashed a bomb of a
throw: 272-8/83.08m. A personal best and the only IAAF A standard in the men’s javelin
field for USA throwers.
While also working full time as an engineer for a defense contractor, Sean has
managed to stay in peak physical condition for more than a decade after his AllAmerican performances in a Big Green uniform. And if his most recent performances are
any indication, the best may still be yet to come.
Meet The Athletes - Damon McLean
At Princeton, Damon was a seven time Ivy League champion and a two time NCAA
All-American, and he graduated with the farthest triple jump in University history. The
2014 Chemistry major, whose senior thesis was titled “Synthesis and Reactivity of a NPyrrolyl Bis (Imino) Cobalt Complex,” has now turned his athletic endeavors to the
In 2014 he won the national championship in his native country of Jamaica, and
represented the Caribbean nation at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later that
year. This year he finished 5th in a closely contested match, and is looking to step his
game up for next season.
Living and training in Arizona with USAT’s support, Damon is focusing his efforts
on hopping, skipping, and jumping his way into the 2016 Olympic Games.
Meet The Athletes – Chelsea Carrier-Eades
Chelsea is one of USAT’s newest athletes, but she’s no stranger to competing at
the national level. The West Virginia University graduate competed at the 2012 US
Olympic trials in the grueling heptathlon. The two-day, seven event competition - which
parallels the men’s decathlon - is the ultimate test of all rounded athleticism.
Chelsea’s sprinting and hurdling is already at a national-class level, and with
USAT’s help we believe she can retain her core strengths while improving on her skills in
the throwing events by working with world-class & retired Olympic athletes. In 2013
Chelsea managed to creak the elusive 6,000 point mark in the heptathlon at the Thorpe
Cup during the USA vs Germany combined events, and in the process set the meet
She continues to train in Morgantown under the guidance of Shelly Gallimore, her
excellent coach at WVU, and we look forward to what she can bring to the table in 2016.
Meet The Athletes – Justin Frick
Justin graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in English and
myriad track & field accolades to his name. He was a four-time Ivy League Heptagonal
champion in the high jump, as well as a six time NCAA qualifier and an All-America
selection. He also earned the US Track & Field and Cross Country Association MidAtlantic Field Athlete of the Year Award, as well as Princeton’s Morgan Award, Babb
Trophy, and the Roper Trophy for his breadth of achievements. He graduated with the
4th highest jump at Princeton at 2.20m (7’2.50’’) before moving to the University of
Oregon for his master’s degree, and where he posted the 3rd highest jump.
At the 2012 Olympic trials Justin set a new personal record with a 2.25m (7’4.5’’)
jump, which ranked 5th at the prestigious meet. He recently finished 5th at the US 2016
National Indoor Championships. We believe Justin has the athleticism, discipline, and
focused approach to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team with support from the U.S.
An Interview with Frank Harrison
Frank Harrison is the President & CEO of Holborn, an independent reinsurance company in New York
City. He is also a board member of USAT, and a former National Team member of USA Track & Field as
a decathlete. We caught up with Frank to get his thoughts on the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.
Frank competing in the high jump portion of the decathlon at the University of Virginia in May of 1984.
1) What event are you most looking forward to in Rio?
Naturally, the Decathlon! Beyond any shadow of doubt, the decathlon has proven itself as the
single greatest test of athletic ability. Speed, strength, and endurance are required. Throw in a
dose of strategy and the man standing with the highest point total wins. The winner is the
acknowledged “world’s greatest athlete!”
Right now, the USA’s Ashton Eaton is the world’s greatest athlete. He just set a new WR in the
decathlon at [the 2015] World Championships in Beijing. His performances in each of the 10
events were simply incredible! He’s the best there’s ever been, and I can’t wait to see what he
does in Rio. Go USA!!!
2) What advice would you give to an athlete looking to compete in Rio?
Hold on to your dreams – tightly! The time is now – you cannot do this stuff later in life. So,
dream it; plan it and do it! And commit to it, do it without reservation while knowing you are
making sacrifices, and putting on hold other major aspects of life. Those will come later.
All that said, please also recognize this is a special time in your life so be sure to take advantage
and enjoy the journey.
3) What was the highlight of your athlete career?
Representing the USA National Team in a Team Decathlon competition against Japan and
Canada. I won the meet overall with a personal best score (felt great!) but even better was
standing with my teammates on the podium as winners of the national team competition.
Oh, by the way, what makes it even more memorable were the conditions we experienced
during the two day competition. It was 101 degrees on day one, and 98 degrees on day two.
No shade. We drank from a garden house on the infield. The water was between warm and
hot. I lost 15 pounds during the competition! (But I never felt better!)
4) What do you think can be done to help Team USA win more medals at The Games?
Team USA needs support! It certainly needs financial support, but it also needs emotional
support, coaching support, and it needs media attention. America should know more about her
greatest athletes and the added visibility can only help the athletes (most of whom work
tirelessly in obscurity and never receive the recognition they rightly deserve).
5) What are you looking forward to in your own life in the next year?
I stay pretty busy running my company; coaching local athletes and staying involved with
several charities. I am hoping to open up a private physical therapy office in 2016. I also
recently became a grandfather for the first time (my baby granddaughter already looks like a
natural high jumper to me!). Beyond all my daily activities, I am hoping to win the indoor
Masters National Championship for my age group in the heptathlon, which consists of 7 events
and is the indoor version of the decathlon. I’ve never done one, so I’d like to do one this winter
2016 (60M, long jump, shot put, high jump, 60M hurdles, pole vault, 1000M). It’s important to
have a goal and this one gives an added bonus of keeping me in shape.
We will be featuring more “Road to Rio” interviews on our website - usathletictrust.org –
and will get the insider’s perspective from both current and retired athletes, as well as
other insightful people involved in the Olympic process. Stay tuned for more interviews!
The US Athletic Trust is only possible because of our kind and generous donors. So to all of you, we
appreciate your continued support. "Thank you very much!" We invite you to continue to be a part of the
effort as our mission broadens and successes grow.
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