Knowing the transformative power of Paralympic sport,

Alana Nichols is working with Citi to help the physically disabled

stay in the game.

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Alana has never been a stranger to adversity.

First she was paralyzed while snowboarding in 2000.

Play Video: Alana shares
the story of her accident

But Alana’s injury didn’t
dampen her competitive spirit.

“It wasn’t about being paralyzed,
but rather what I
was doing with it.”

Alana Nichols
U.S. Paralympian — Alpine Skiing

Alana fought hard to walk again,
but it was too difficult.

Determined to find herself again,

Alana started playing wheelchair basketball in college.

Alana on the court at
the University of Alabama

Eight years later at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games,

Alana and Team USA won gold.

Alana and Team USA after their win

Alana didn’t stop there.

She began Paralympic alpine skiing too.

Alana explains why she wanted to ski again
Alana racing down the mountain

But her training came to a halt when

her only brother passed away.

Alana and her brother at
Christmas, 2008

Alana turned her loss into inspiration.

Not only did she make it to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games — she won another gold medal for the U.S.

Alana remembers being inspired by her brother

This made her the first American woman

to win a gold medal at the Games in both the winter and summer.

Alana showing off her
many Paralympic medals

Paralympic sport has given Alana’s life meaning,

despite every hurdle.

That’s why Alana is teaming up with Citi

to support the Team USA Paralympic Champions Fund.

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important to Alana

This program provides funding for U.S. Paralympic skiers

with podium potential. You can show your support with a single click.

of her
goal
to the Team USA Paralympic Champions Fund
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Having learned what it takes to be the best,

Billy Demong is working with Citi to help future generations

follow in his footsteps.

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A go-getter at heart,

Billy always knew he wanted to become a U.S. Olympian.

Billy remembers how growing up in Lake Placid inspired his career
Billy in his early jumping days in Lake Placid

“It’s important to have scary goals… things that make you uncomfortable.”

Billy Demong
U.S. Olympian — Nordic Combined

In 1998, Billy had a plan.

He’d gain experience on the World Cup circuit and try to make Team USA for the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Not only did Billy represent the U.S. in Nagano.

He made it to the next three Olympic Winter Games.

Billy competing at the Nagano
1998 Olympic Winter Games

And in Vancouver in 2010,

Billy became the first American to win gold in Nordic Combined.

Billy on the podium in Vancouver

Now the pressure is on for Sochi.

“Winning a gold medal is a special thing. But defending it, now that’s hard.“

Billy is hungry for the challenge

and ready to make history — again.

Billy shares his mindset going into Sochi
Play Video: Billy’s advice
for young athletes

Billy’s success has inspired him to teach kids

about the importance of setting and achieving goals.

That’s why he’s teaming up with Citi

to support Team for Tomorrow.

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important to Billy

This program helps U.S. athletes spread the Olympic values

of respect, excellence and friendship in their hometown communities. Now you can show your support with a single click.

of his
goal
to Team for Tomorrow
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Inspired by the struggles of his past,

Dan Jansen is teaming up with Citi to help U.S. Olympians

through hard times.

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At the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games,

Dan lost more than just his chance to medal for the U.S.

“It was one of the toughest times in my life.“

Dan Jansen U.S. Olympic Legend — Speedskating

Play Video: Dan shares
the story of this day

The morning of his big race in Calgary,

his sister Jane lost her battle with cancer.

Reeling with grief, Dan slipped and failed

But he wouldn't give up.

Dan after the fall that cost him the race

Six years later, representing Team USA at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games,

Dan had one last chance.

having witnessed his struggles,

The entire world was cheering him on.

“When the gun went off, I knew I had it in me.“

Dan Jansen

Dan racing in Lillehammer

After seven attempts at four Olympic Games,

Dan finally won a gold medal for the U.S.

Dan remembers how it felt to be on the podium
Play Video: The special mark
Dan’s daughter left on his medal

ON HIS VICTORY LAP, DAN CARRIED JANE, HIS BABY DAUGHTER

Named in honor of his sister’s memory.

20 years later, Dan’s challenges have inspired him

To help his fellow athletes through their struggles.

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so important to Dan

that’s why he’s teaming up with citi

to support the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund.

This program helps U.S. Olympians in hard times

like illness, injury or natural disaster. Now you can show your support with a single click.

of his
goal
to the Olympians for Olympians Relief Fund
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Erin Hamlin, together with Citi, is giving back

to the program that sparked her journey to becoming a U.S. Olympian.

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Erin’s journey started in 1999 when

her dad saw an ad for an event with USA Luge Slider Search.

The day of the event, Erin didn’t want to go.

But her parents convinced her to follow through.

Erin remembers the day of her Slider Search tryouts
Erin at Slider Search luge tryouts

“I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.

I was not an extreme sports person.”

Erin Hamlin
U.S. Olympian — Luge

Erin practicing on a wheel sled

At first

Erin didn’t have the natural ability.

But she had the potential.

Something clicked when she mastered that perfect aerodynamic line

and felt the rush of going fast.

Play Video: Erin talks about
what it’s like to race

Now Erin flies down the track at 80-90 mph

in pursuit of her first Olympic medal for Team USA.

Erin talks about her mindset for Sochi

USA Luge Slider Search gave Erin the opportunity to become an Olympian.

Now she’s teaming up with Citi to give back.

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so important to Erin

This program introduces kids of all backgrounds to luge

and finds candidates who have what it takes to be the next Erin Hamlin. Now you can show your support with a single click.

of her
goal
to USA Luge Slider Search
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After hard work earned him a gold medal for the U.S.,

Evan Lysacek is teaming up with Citi to inspire

perseverance in young skaters from urban areas.

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Evan started skating when he was 8.

At first, he hated it because his sister was better than he was.

Evan and his sister Laura

“I wasn’t naturally talented as a skater.”

Evan Lysacek
U.S. Olympian — Figure Skating

Play Video: Evan describes his
first time on the ice

But his mom gave him some good advice:

“If someone is better than you, you have to work harder
than them.”

Evan and his mother

So Evan worked twice as hard as the other kids.

He spent countless hours practicing and made the 1996 Junior Olympics.

Evan during one of his
early skating routines

Evan was excited. He even designed his own costume, but

he wondered if he was good enough to compete.

How Evan felt going into the Junior Olympics

He arrived at the Junior Olympics as an unknown.

By the end of the day,he was a star.

“I got first place. At that moment, I knew I wanted to be an Olympian.”

Evan Lysacek

Evan after winning
the 1996 Junior Olympics

14 years later at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games,

Evan won gold for Team USA.

Evan talks about how hard he worked to make it to the podium
Evan on the podium in Vancouver

Evan is proof of how

Determination can make any dream possible.

That’s why he’s teaming up with Citi

to support figure skating in harlem

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so important to Evan

This program uses figure skating

to teach girls in underprivileged areas that hard work pays off.

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goal
to Figure Skating in Harlem
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She went from one of the boys to one of the best.

Julie Chu is now working with Citi to give more kids A chance

to fall in love with hockey.

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In 1989, Julie’s parents signed her up for

figure skating lessons

Julie at 8 years old

“I wasn’t graceful. I was like a turtle on ice.“

Julie Chu
U.S. Olympian — Ice Hockey

At ice skating practice, Julie was distracted.

Her eyes kept wandering to where the boys were playing hockey.

She asked her parents if she could join in.

They let her give hockey a shot.

Play Video: Julie talks about how
she was drawn to ice hockey

Julie began by slowly circling two cones with a puck and a stick.

She was instantly hooked.

Julie remembers why she loved growing up with hockey

Julie played against the boys

until she was 16 years old — and she held her own.

She went on to become the all-time leading scorer

in NCAA history while she was on the women’s hockey team at Harvard.

Julie after breaking a board

She’s won three Olympic medals for Team USA and

now she’s a force to be reckoned with in Sochi.

Julie talks about how it feels to be on Team USA
Play Video: Why this program is so
important to Julie

Julie wants every kid to have the chance to play hockey. That’s why

she’s teaming up with Citi to help the USA Hockey Foundation.

Thanks to their Try Hockey for Free Days,

thousands of kids get to experience the thrill of playing hockey for the first time.

Now you can show your support with a single click.

of her
goal
to the USA Hockey Foundation
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Inspired by her own setbacks,

Picabo Street is working with Citi to help skiers

stay on the slopes.

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In 1990, Picabo was a loose cannon.

Out of shape and undisciplined, she was kicked off the U.S. Ski Team.

Picabo was devastated to be off the mountain. But

her dad encouraged her to fight through it.

He asked Picabo to train with him in Hawaii

so she could get back to competing.

“Most people go to Hawaii to kick back on a beach. I went for boot camp.“

Picabo Street
U.S. Olympic Legend — Alpine Skiing

Play Video: Picabo talks about
her intense training in Hawaii

Her dad’s boot camp worked. Just four years later in 1994,

Picabo won her first Olympic silver medal for the U.S.

Picabo after winning silver in Lillehammer

But two years later, Picabo’s career came to another halt when

she faced a crippling knee injury.

After 11,000 hours of rehabilitation, Picabo defied the odds and won gold

for the U.S. at the Nagano 1998 Olympic Winter Games.

Picabo remembers how it felt to be on the podium

Looking back on her career, Picabo has learned

it’s better to avoid setbacks than be forced to overcome them.

Picabo shares how she learned from her injuries

That’s why she’s working with Citi

to support the Team USA Stay on the Slopes Initiative.

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is so important to Picabo

This program helps prevent and treat skiing injuries

through new testing and rehabilitation technologies. Now you can show your support with a single click.

of her
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Driven to help his fellow veterans,

Rico Roman is working with Citi to give back

to the program that changed his life.

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In 2007, Army Staff Sergeant Roman was a month shy of leaving Iraq when

his convoy hit a roadside bomb.

Rico on duty in Iraq, 2007

Rico’s leg was badly damaged.

He relied on crutches. The pain was unbearable.

Rico wondered if he’d ever get his life back.

He missed running with his kids. He missed playing basketball with his friends.

Rico talks about how his injury impacted his quality of life
Play Video: Rico’s decision and how
his kids helped him through it

After a full year of struggling,

Rico chose to sacrifice his leg for a better life.

Little by little, Rico finally became active again

and adapted to his prosthesis.

Rico taking a break from handcycling

“Part of being in the military is having a no-quit attitude.“

Rico Roman
Team USA — Sled Hockey

When Operation Comfort introduced Rico to sled hockey

in 2010, he found the camaraderie he had been craving.

Rico remembers how he got hooked on sled hockey
Rico and his hometown club, the San
Antonio Rampage Sled Hockey Team

Now Rico is ready for battle in Sochi.

That’s why he’s teaming up with Citi to give back to Operation Comfort.

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important to Rico

This program has transformed many wounded veterans into U.S. Paralympians.

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Skiing sparked his unstoppable work ethic.

Now Ted Ligety is teaming up with Citi to help kids

in urban areas try the sport he loves.

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Ted during one of his early races

Ted began ski racing in 1995, but he had a slow start.

”I got beat pretty badly in most of my races as a kid.”

Ted Ligety
U.S. Olympian — Alpine Skiing

But Ted loved skiing too much to quit.

He studied the faster kids, trained year-round and fine-tuned his technique.

Play Video: Ted talks about his
rough start in skiing
Ted after winning gold in Torino

After over a decade of practice, Ted’s perseverance finally paid off

when he won gold for the U.S. at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

Ted remembers how it felt to be on the podium

His determination was tested yet again when he came in 9th

in the giant slalom at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Ted with his three
2013 World Championship gold medals 

Just three years and countless training runs later,

Ted became the first man in 45 years to win Three gold medals

at the ski racing World Championships in Austria.

Ted flying down the mountain in 2013

Now with Sochi on the horizon,

Ted could seal his legacy as the best giant slalom skier in the world.

Ted talks about his preparation for Sochi

Skiing has been more than just a sport to Ted.

It’s how he pushes himself to his utmost potential.

That’s why Ted is teaming up with Citi

to support Youth Enrichment Services Operation SnowSports.

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important to Ted

This program helps get urban youth on the slopes

where they’ll learn to ski and build a strong work ethic. Now you can show your support with a single click.

of his
goal
to Youth Enrichment Services
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