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Brief Introduction:

Cara Heads
2008 Olympic Hopeful in the Sport of Weightlifting


Dear Potential Olympic Athlete Sponsor:

You may know that the United States does not fund its athletes, as do most foreign countries. Therefore, it is necessary for Olympic hopefuls to obtain funding and support from individuals and organizations independent of the government and the U.S. Olympic Committee.

This letter is to introduce myself to you and request your financial support of me - a 2000 Olympian, a 7-Time National Champion and a potential United States Olympic Medallist at the 2008 Games in Beijing, China.

I attended the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia and competed in the 75 kg weight class. In 2000 I recorded a 7th place finish. While being 7th in the World is nothing to be upset with, I know I have the potential to be at the top of the medal stand.

While being one of the top seven weightlifter's in the world in my weight class was quite an accomplishment, I know after a 4th place finish at the World Championships in 1998 that I have what it takes to be at the top of the medal stand in Beijing, China in 2008.

I have excelled in athletics all of my life. When I was in high school I was a scholar athlete and a 3-sport athlete competing in track & field, basketball and weightlifting. In high school I was selected on the All Orange County (California) track and field team. My basketball team earned the titles of Sea View League Co-Champions, two-time California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Finalists and State Regional Finalists. As a weightlifter, I won a Junior National Title and qualified for the first ever Junior World Weightlifting Championships for women held in Warsaw, Poland. After high school I was accepted to one of the top academic institutions in the country and invited to continue to pursue my track and field aspirations. At the University of California Berkeley I was an accomplished athlete in the Hammer throw. As a freshman at Berkeley (1996), I earned a 3rd place finish in the Pacific Athletic Conference (PAC-10) Track and Field championships.

After my freshman year, my focus shifted from track and field to weightlifting. I decided to leave school to train full time with the best female weightlifters in country. The training paid off and after three months I made another Junior World Weightlifting Team and won a Bronze Medal at the Junior World Weightlifting Championships in Capetown, South Africa. Three years later, grabbing 3 Senior National Championships and all of the American Records in my weight division along the way, I earned a spot on the United States Olympic Team in 2000. After the Olympic Games it is my desire to return to the University of California Berkeley to finish my undergraduate studies.

I truly believe that my sacrifices and successes thus far are preparing me for my greatest achievement yet, - a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China in the 75 kilogram weight division. The experience of the 2000 Summer Games has made me fully aware of what is required to realize the dream of becoming an Olympic Medalist. I have learned that my achievements are not the result of my efforts alone but also the result of the goodwill and sacrifices of many wonderful individuals that have poured blessings into my life and athletic career. This is why I'm now asking for your encouragement and financial support. Please join my team so that we can make the 2008 Olympic Team - because when I go, I will take a part of you with me. Thank you and may God Bless you always.