Future local olympic hopefuls, raise money for summer games

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By: David DiPino Contributing writer
A trio of talented local athletes is raising money all in an effort to increase funds prior to qualifying for this summer’s XXXI Olympics in Brazil.
Lana Mims of West Palm Beach, plans to represent the USA Olympic Track & Field team in the long jump and 400 meters, Ronald Similien of West Palm Beach, plans to make the Haiti Olympic team to run in the 100 and 200 meters, and Bryan Jasmin of Boynton Beach, is also planning to run for Haiti in the 110 meter hurdles. Mims will attempt to qualify in Eugene, Oregon, during the beginning of the Olympic Trials on July 1-2.
“My last Olympic trial four years ago I missed making the team by four centimeters. The Olympics before that one I missed qualifying at the last minute because of a heart procedure,” Mims said.
The athletes are training with coach Randall King four days a week at Spanish River Community High School in Boca Raton. Coach King of West Palm Beach, is also the assistant track coach at Spanish River Community High School.
With the help of Coach King, SloBody Yoga owners Janine Tiede and Kirk Slobody, Mims, Jasmin and Similien, with the help from the Delray Beach community, hosted a Red, White & Blue Reception where the athletes and supporters to dressed red, white and blue to raise money via raffles donations to raise money for the upcoming Olympic run. The athletes also received support from D1 Sports Training in Palm Beach Gardens.
There will also be an All4Run Celebration from 6-8 p.m. on June 1, at Fleet Feet Sports Delray Beach, 1705 S Federal Highway, Suite 5, in Delray Beach, which happens to be National Running Day. The event promises 10 percent of sales on June 1, benefits the Olympic athletes. From June 2-10, five percent of all sales will also benefit the athletes.
“The more money these athletes can raise in these next few months the fewer hours they have to work part-time jobs and the more time they can focus on training. These three athletes are not involved with any kind of sports contracts. It’s tough,” said Coach King.
Jasmin said if he can cut his hurdle time by three seconds at an Olympic tryout in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in mid-July, he’ll make the team. Similien is working equally as hard to finish in the top places in track heats at the same tryout in Haiti.
“My goal right now to work on running a complete race,” said Jasmin.
“I’ve never left the country before so I’m really looking forward to competing in Haiti and Brazil. My parents were both born in Haiti so it’d mean a lot to them and also me if I make the team,” said Similien.
To donate to these Olympic hopefuls directly, visit: https://www.youcaring.com/lana-mims-547465#.VvvbeHfs1Oc.e…