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Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith
Short Track Speed Skating
Rick Smith, her father

Jessica Smith nominates her father, Rick Smith

My dad has been an inspiration in my life. He had me at a young age, and both he and my mom sacrificed everything to get me where I am. 30 years later, I’m an Olympian!

“For me, it’s been a true inspiration to be a part of my dad’s legacy and to be able to honor him would be truly satisfying.”

If my dad was here right now, I’d tell him, “Thank you for everything that you sacrificed for your family and for myself to be able to achieve the dreams that I have set our for. Thank you for also teaching me to follow my dreams and never give up.”

I’m so excited to be an Olympian, not only for myself but for my family. It’s been such a long journey and it’s really an honor to be able to represent my country. I’m super excited and I can’t wait for opening ceremonies in Sochi!