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Alexandria Olympic hopeful seeks donations

Alexandria’s Missy Erickson poses for a photo in her USA kit. (Contributed)

Alexandria native and 2016 Olympic cycling hopeful Missy Erickson is looking for some help to receive a special matching grant to support her travel and training for the 2014 season.

Erickson is a 2008 graduate of Jefferson High School. The Echo Press ran a feature on her in the spring of 2013 and her goals of making the U.S. cycling team for the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro as a sprint cyclist.

Erickson is currently training at the VELO Sports Center in Carson, California near Las Angeles. The VELO Sports Center is the largest indoor velodrome in the United States at 100,000 square feet and has a $15 million specially designed 250-meter indoor wood bicycle racing track.

Erickson was one of nine female professional cyclists chosen for the RallyMe grant effort that will match up to $2,500 of funds raised before the 2014 Volkswagen USA Cycling Pro Road and Time Trial Championships, which begin in May. The funds raised by athletes in the matching grant must be spent on 2014 cycling travel and training costs.

Erickson is currently the number-one ranked U.S. female track sprinter and the only standing member of the national team. In less than a year and a half since devoting herself full time to sprint cycling, she has become the women’s elite 500-meter and team sprint national champion. She has also set a U.S. national record and holds two U.S. track cycling records.

Erickson has been fully committed to sprint cycling since graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado in April of 2012. She hopes to raise a total of $2,500, which will be doubled by the grant to $5,000.

Those looking to donate or see more about her goals in reaching the 2016 Olympics can visit her RallyMe website at

“I am 100 percent committed to bringing home gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics,” Erickson says on her website. “But in order to do this, I need to train full time to be successful. This is why I am asking for your support to become part of my Olympic journey.”

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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