rachel needham

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Sochi Silver

The silver medal my teammates Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling, Jordan Malone and I won in the 5000m relay in Sochi. A tremendous amount of hard work and effort went into achieving this medal and I’m proud of my team for sticking it out through the ups and downs and making it possible.

The medal is only a reminder and token to be able to express the journey that every athlete has to go through before wearing it.

I want to give a shoutout to my teammate Kyle Carr. During the time of the games, a decision was made to skate the same team in both the Semi-Final and the Final which meant Kyle did not have the chance to compete. This was a very difficult decision to make and weighed heavy on the hearts of the team. Kyle was with us every step of the way and showed selflessness and humility that earns every Olympian the right to be called an Olympian.

Kyle, and several more people were part of the backbone of this team that had one of the best seasons the U.S. men’s relay team has ever had.

During the World Cup season, we won 2 gold medals and 1 silver. We claimed the overall World Cup title and clinched our spot in the Olympic Semi-Final before it took place (Top 8 teams). Jeff Simon and John-Henry Kreuger were key players in making this happen.

We as a team are very happy to have represented the USA and bring this medal home for everyone involved.

I also want to give a shoutout to our coaching staff Stephen Gough, Guy Thibaut, Shane Domer, Alex Izykowski, and Anthony Barthell. Also to the extended staff, Eric St. Pierre, Nanna Meyer, Ryan Yakiwchuk, Chris Needham, Rachel Wagstaff, Mike Noyes, the whole USOC staff and everyone else behind the scenes. Thanks for believing in us and putting your focus and energy into making sure everything went as smooth as possible.