Saturday, November 23, 2013

National Team Trials and Race Update

Hello everyone,

I would like to welcome all my new blog followers!! Thank you for wanting to step through the looking glass with me in this crazy, fun world of Bobsled and chasing Olympic dreams!

I will do my best to sum things up quickly to bring everyone up to speed. It’s been a busy and stressful season and I apologize for not getting this out quicker. I do update my Twitter (@jessbeck3) more consistently so please follow me because it allows me to post information to all of you quicker.

I believe the last place I left off I was headed back up to Calgary for more push testing. One of the drivers had decided to pick his team by having us race off in different combinations to see which combination was the fastest. It was five of us racing off for the three spots on this particular sled. We had our race-off and long story short I won a spot on the sled after beating a teammate that was previously ranked above me after Push Championships a couple of months ago. After the race-off I was told I was now on the team, so as you can imagine I was feeling pretty good.

However two days later I was told by one of the other push athlete’s on the team that they had decided to replace me with someone else! Once again you can imagine how upset and disappointed at this turn of events since I had funded my own way to Calgary, won my race-off to be on the sled against an athlete that finished 4th in push champs.

To add insult to injury, the driver who made the decision asked the same push athlete who helped maneuver me off the sled to inform me I was no longer on that sled. Yup, my thoughts exactly! 
It’s moments like this when I wish football rules applied in bobsled leaving less chances for plainly wrong acts to be treated as acceptable. Regardless of how I felt at that moment and even now, I needed to move on and figure out what my next move would be.

I thank God for making me as strong as he has because without him as my base I would have easily lost it at that moment.  I am also so thankful that I have great family members who helped me deal with what just occurred. I prayed a bit more for some clarity, and how to proceed. The fact was that I needed to be on a crew and race in Team Trials for me to have a chance to make the National Team.


National Team Trials

Our National Team Trial Races determine who will be on the National Team/World Cup Team for the first half of the Season. For the men's National Team they select three teams plus two alternate brakemen giving a total of 3 Drivers and 11 Brakemen. For the women, they pick three teams and three alternates for the National Team, giving a total of 3 Drivers and 6 Brakemen.

In order to obtain a proper assessment of a team’s ability to perform (drive and push) on different tracks we were scheduled to have a week of racing on the Bobsled Track in Lake Placid, NY and Park City, UT. However, due to warm weather in Lake Placid we were only able to have one 2man race there, so we ended up having a 2man race and two 4man races in Park City. Like the rest of my travel this summer leading up to Team Trials, these trips are all self-funded. I will say this, having to spend two weeks in Park City, UT paying for housing, rental cars, workout facilities, food and etc. is an expensive trip.

Being that it is Olympic year and the depth of the American program is increasing, it was a very competitive Team Trials process. In the first 2man race in Lake Placid my teammates finished 5th, in the 2man race raced in Park City we finished 6th, and in the two 4man races one race we finished 5th and 4th.

After the final Team Trials race the Selection Committee met and selected who would be on the National Team. Just as happened last year, two of the guys who raced as USA 4 were selected for the National Team (They were in the position I was in until I was moved off the sled after having proved I belonged on it).

The bad news is that I did not make the National Team for the first half of the season.  The good news is that I still have a chance to make the National Team for the Second half of the season and, God willing, the Olympic Team. I am racing on the North America’s Cup (NAC) Circuit and, possibly, a race or two on the Intercontinental Cup Circuit which has races in Europe and are both self-funded race circuits. With good performances in these races the coaches can decide to bring me up to the National Team and let me compete in another round of push testing against current members of the National Team.

Information for NAC race circuit can be found at http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation

Being that I desperately need to raise $10,000 in funding I have set up several ways everyone can help sponsor me:

I have a JB3 Signature Athlete Gear for sale by my sponsor Cradle Gear that you can purchase here http://store.cradlegear.com/Jesse-Beckom-III_c_192.html

I also two 2014 Calendars for sale that you can purchase here http://www.jessebeckom.blogspot.com/2013/09/2014-jesse-beckom-iii-journey-to-russia_13.html

Or by clicking the donate button located on web-page www.jessebeckom3.com

I will be battling it out until the Olympic Team is named January 20th so keep me in your prayers and wish me luck

God Bless and thank you for your support, I will post pictures when I’m able. 


Jesse

Monday, November 18, 2013

Official Gear and Calendar

Here are the direct links to purchase your Official Jesse Beckom III gear and Official 2014 Calendar. Proceeds will help me raise the $10k I need to fund my training, races, and travel as I strive to compete in 2014 Winter Olympic Games! 





http://www.jessebeckom.blogspot.com/2013/09/2014-jesse-beckom-iii-journey-to-russia_13.htm      

                 


Thursday, November 14, 2013

RACES START TODAY!!

Hello everyone,

It's been a crazy team trials process which I will fill you all in on later.

However, today myself and the rest of Team_USA_Bobsled_Super_Force kick off this Olympic season of racing in Calgary, Canada tonight at 5pm MST. I will race 2-man today with Codie Basque; tomorrow I race 2-man with Jake Peterson, then Saturday I will be racing 4-man with Codie Basque, Nate Weber, and Sam Mithchner. It is a gauntlet of races but God has prepared me for what I need to accomplish! 

My gear is packed and ready to put on! 

The below link will take you to the FIBT site where you will be able to find race results either later today or tomorrow morning


Thanks for your support

God Bless

www.jessebeckom3.com
Twitter: @jessbeck3
Instagram: @jessebeck3 



Friday, November 8, 2013

Official Jesse Beckom III Gear!

Hello Everyone,

Thanks to Cradlegear who has become one of my valued sponsors I now have official Jesse Beckom III gear available for sale at http://store.cradlegear.com/Jesse-Beckom-III_c_192.html I have to say the gear that is available looks pretty amazing!

The added bonus is that you will not only look good in the gear, but since I receive 50% of every sell made you will also be directly helping me fund my season! So hey why not gear up the whole family! 

Thank you all for your support

Jesse

www.jesssebeckom3.com
Twitter: @jessbeck3



Sunday, October 13, 2013

National Team Trials

Good morning everyone,

I'm currently in the midst of the 2013-2014 Bobsled National Team Trials but will be updating my blog from where I last left off after Team Trials are over.

However you can watch our National Team Trial Races as they occur on the TeamUSA YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TeamUSA?feature=watch. You can also watch a replay of the first 2-Man races that was held this weekend in Lake Placid.

Although I did not race the 2-man this weekend I am hoping to race the 2-man race in Park City, Utah and will be racing the two 4-Man races in Park City, UT.

Below is the race schedule that is located at  http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation/Events

October 20, 2013- Park City, UT 2-Man Bobsled Selection Race, 7-9pm
October 21, 2013- Lake Placid, NY Skeleton Selection Race, 8-11am
October 22, 2013- Lake Placid, NY Skeleton Selection Race, 8-11am
October 25, 2013- Park City, UT 4-Man and Women Bobsled Selection Race, 7-9pm
October 26, 2013- Park City, UT 4-Man Bobsled Selection Race, 7-9pm
October 29, 2013- Park City, UT Skeleton Selection Race, 7-9pm
October 30, 2013- Park City, UT Skeleton Selection Race, 7-9pm

I'm still currently seeking sponsors to help me fund my season, please view my fund raising page at https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/259  and my fund raising Calendar for sale at http://www.jessebeckom.blogspot.com/2013/09/2014-jesse-beckom-iii-journey-to-russia_13.html



Thank you all for your patience and support

Jesse

www.jessebeckom.3.com
Twitter: @jessbeck3
Instagram: @jessebeck3

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Funding A Dream!

Greetings everyone, 

As I continue to raise money for my Bobsled training I invite you all  to visit my Crowd Funding page http://www.rallyme.com/rallies/259 . The ideal behind Crowd Funding is to receive smaller amounts of funding from numerous sources, which combined reach a specific goal amount.

I am looking to raise $10,594. I am thankful for those of you who have already showed your support of my dream by becoming one of my financial sponsors. I'm also confident that if everyone who reads my blog and or receives my update e-mails becomes one of my financial sponsors I can will my funding goal. 

    Thanks everyone, 

    Jesse 


    Special Thanks To The Following Sponsors

    Jesse and Addie Beckom    Denise Beckom   Tina and Mark Fornwald      Ulanka Beckom

    Venus Beckom      James and Lena White     Albert Beckom     Catherine Beckom   Floyd Redmon

    Robert Frazier      Valerie Robinson     Russell Wright     Thea Singleton     Heather Margain

    Stacey Ross Dennis Kelly     RL McCaskill III     Brad Jacob     James and Lena White

    Christy DaPrato     Crystal Smith     Jenifer Furda     Steve Smotherman   Dr. Johnson   

    OTC Visitors   MSA International


                                                                      

        Now Sports Nutrition               Cradle Gear          Shutout Solutions Vision Salon

    Friday, September 13, 2013

    2014 Jesse Beckom III The Journey to Russia Calendars

    Greetings All, 

    In order to help me raise funds for my Bobsled Season, my family and friends have created two calendar options featuring your truly!

    You can purchase your 2014 Jesse Beckom III The Journey to Russia 12 month Wall Poster Calendar for $16.00 and 12 month Flip Calendar for $21.00 plus shipping and handling.



    Calendar options
          

    2014 12 Month Flip Calendar                2014 11 x 17  Wall Poster Calendar