I just wanted to give a quick little update to say that I've qualified for the fall USA World Cup team. I qualified a few weeks ago at the US National Single Distance Championships. I ended up second in the 500m and 4th in the 1000m. I will be leaving with the rest of the US team at the end of November to travel to Berlin and to Holland for the first two World Cups of the season. I will be representing the United States in the 500m, 1000m, and the 1500m races at both World Cups. I will give you an update on my results of these two competitions in the middle of December.………
Thanks again for all of your support,Jonathan Garcia
Hello everyone, it has been a long time since my last newsletter and a lot has happened in the last 6 months. I am happy to say that I am an Olympian! It took almost 20 years of blood, sweat, and tears but it was totally worth it. I owe it all to my family, friends, and coaches. It would have not been possible without their support and encouragement.
Making the Olympic team last season was a real dream come true, I remember when I was 7 years old watching Dan Jansen's 1,000m race in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. I knew then that I wanted to be an ice speed skater and compete at the Olympics, I was not sure how it was going to happen but I knew that's what I wanted to do. Twenty years later it finally happened. Ironically, Dan Jensen was one of first few people that I had a chance to see and talk with after I made the team.. It almost did not seem real and sometimes it still doesn't. I will never forget that feeling I had the moment I knew I had made the team. All the hard work and sacrifice had pay off. I had finally achieved one of my goals that I set for myself such a long time ago.
My experience at the Olympics was awesome one to say the least! Walking in to the opening ceremonies in my USA gear on the front row and leading the rest of Team USA was the coolest thing I have ever done. I cannot even begin to put that feeling into words. Being able to compete at the Olympics, in the sport I love, and to represent the United States is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. In addition, having my family in Russia with me to share the experience made it even that much sweeter.
As amazing as my Olympic experience was, I left Sochi without reaching another one of my goals, winning an Olympic medal. After the Olympics I returned home to Houston for a 3 months stay. I spent some quality time with friends and family. I also had a lot time to relax, decompress, and think about if I wanted to go another four years or move on from skating.
After much thought and consideration, I have decided to continue to compete in skating for another four years. I returned back to Salt Lake City in June to slowly get back in the swing of things and start training for the upcoming ISU World Cup season. I'm glad to say that training has been going well. I'm really focusing on my weakness and trying to make them my strengths and planned to be fully prepared for medal competition at this season's ISU World Cups as well as at the next Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea in 2018.
I would just like to say thank you to everyone that has supported me and followed my results over the last four years through the ups and downs and a special recognition and thanks for all the Olympic watch parties that were held in Houston in my behalf. I wouldn't be where I am today with out your support.
No regrets,Jonathan Garcia