St. Louis Area native Deanna Price Will Represent the United States In The Hammer Throw In Rio
Deanna Price will represent the United States later this summer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The St. Louis-area native will compete in the Hammer Throw competition. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise funds for her parents to travel to Brazil to watch her compete.
Last Wednesday, Deanna Price accomplished a dream that very few people accomplish in life; she qualified for the Olympics. Price topped the field in the Women’s Hammer Throw competition for much of the day at the U.S . Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Strong final throws from Amber Campbell and Gwen Berry, another St. Louisan, put Price in third place overall, giving her the final spot in Rio. Price’s top throw of the day was 239 feet, 9 inches (73.09 meters), a personal best and the second-longest throw of the day.
Deanna Price hails from Moscow Mills, Missouri and is a 2011 graduate of Troy Buchanan High School. She just recently wrapped up her athletic eligibility at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she is a graduate student in the College of Business. (Fellow Olympian Berry was also a Saluki. )Price set the NCAA record just last month at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at 234 feet, 8 inches while winning her second-straight national title. Price won her first title by a staggering 14 feet.
Price appeared over the weekend in the annual Lincoln County Fair Parade.
While an athlete that qualifies for the Olympics has their travel and lodging take care of, their families and supporters do not. How much would it cost for Price’s parents to travel to Rio to watch their daughter compete? The family told KSDK they were quoted almost $20,000 by a travel agent. The money aspect is just one thing families of qualifying athletes are dealing with.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help get Daniel and Ann Price to Rio de Janeiro to support their daughter. The $18,000 goal certainly seems lofty, but after one day the campaign has already raised $11,810 from 122 supporters. Among those was a $5,000 anonymous donation and many smaller donations from the Moscow Mills and Troy communities.
On the GoFundMe campaign page, Price shares pictures of her family and this introduction:
My name is Deanna Marie Price and I am going to the OLYMPICS in RIO!!!
This funding is for my mother and father to come and watch me compete for the United States of America! They have given me everything and couldn’t imagine competing without them there. Even when we struggled my parents made sure they got me to practice and pushed me to be the best.
Thank you so much for anything you donate 🙂
GO TEAM USA
This morning she shared this update.
Over NIGHT we have reached 10,000!!! I still can not believe the amount of support my family and I are receiving! I would like to send thank you cards to all the individuals who have donated! Please send me your address through Facebook and we will personally send you a card!!!
Thank you again ,
Olympian Deanna Price
Do you want to help Deanna’s Price’s parents get to Rio? Donate here.
NBC is handling the television coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Check back with RealLifeSTL later this month to find out how you can watch Deanna Price compete in Brazil.
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