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Skater who filed for food stamps gets ‘astonishing’ donations

Emily Scott

Utah Olympic Oval FAST Team member Emily Scott poses during an interview before practice for the U.S. Single Distance Short Track Speedskating Championships, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Kearns, Utah. Scott is part of a group of short track skaters who pulled away from the U.S. National racing program. Yet while she was part of an initial grievance against U.S. Speedskating, she is not part of a demand for arbitration that seeks to have head coach Jae Su Chun and two assistants barred from coaching the U.S. team at the fall World Cup events and beyond because of allegations of verbal, physical and psychological abuse. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)


U.S. short track speedskater Emily Scott received more than $30,000 in donations in less than 24 hours after a USA Today story profiling the financial struggles of her and other Olympic hopefuls was published.

Scott’s donations page on, as of Wednesday morning, reflected more than double her stated goal of $15,000. In USA Today, Scott, 24, tearfully discussed her application for food stamps after her monthly stipend was cut from $1,950 to $600.

Scott, who has a part-time job at a surgical supply factory in Utah, thanked the helpers in an update Wednesday.

“It’s so amazing,” Scott said Tuesday night. “Strangers who don’t even know me. I’ve written back to everyone who’s donated trying to express my gratitude but I don’t think I can say thank you enough. It’s crazy.

“It’s astonishing that people care that much. I thought my own governing body didn’t’ believe in me and for these strangers to believe in me, it felt really good.”

When she learned about the outpouring after practice, she immediately called her dad, Craig, who raised his daughters as a single dad. “I cried to him. The whole time he’s been telling me everything will work out. He said, ‘I told you to keep believing.’”

Scott finished second in the overall at the U.S. short track championships in December and is a favorite to make the Sochi Olympic team at the Olympic trials in January.

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