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Awesomest parents ever?
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Awesomest parents ever?

Quote:Olympic Speed Skater's Parents Couldn't Afford To Go To Sochi, So The Internet Stepped In

Sugar Todd didn’t realize the toll pursuing skating would take on her parents when she turned to them at 8 years old and told them her life goals. Todd’s dad, Mike, supports the family on his fireman salary and after pouring money and time into their daughter’s training for 15 years, the Todds couldn’t afford the steep bill to travel to Russia.

That’s when Todd turned to the Internet. In less than 24 hours, she raised $5,000 through a GoFundMe campaign for her parents’ airfare, hotel stay and visas.Todd’s fundraising campaign was the ultimate payback for her parents who never hesitated to support their daughters’ dreams, even if that meant paying exorbitant skating bills and moving hundreds of miles from their mild climate to frigid temperatures, she wrote on her fundraising page.

Todd’s dad, Mike, worked as a firefighter in Omaha, Neb., and stayed behind to pay the bills when his wife, Diana, moved 1,000 miles away with their daughter to Milwaukee so that Todd could train at the premiere Pettit National Ice Center.

Diana loathed the Wisconsin cold, but kept trudging along for her young daughter and Mike made the far-flung journey every 10 days to spend his days off with the family.“At that age, I didn't fully appreciate the sacrifices they were making so their little girl could MAYBE one day go to the Olympics,” Todd wrote on her GoFundMe page.

In 2012, Todd –- now 23 -- accepted her first National Team invite and relocated to Salt Lake City, Utah to train. Todd’s dad retired and the pair finally had the chance to re-settle in warm weather. They went from Nebraska to now Northeastern Texas.When the Todds got the news they had been waiting for their entire lives, though, they were dismayed when they realized they simply didn’t have the funds to make the trip to Sochi.

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Awesomest parents ever?

I'll say! Their dedication is most impressive.

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That's awesome.


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