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Paris Olympics 2024: Aided by Family in Her Wrestling Career, Olympian Kennedy Blades Asks Fans to Help Out for Personal ‘Quest’

Published 05/15/2024, 7:00 AM EDT

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In her wrestling endeavor, the 20-year-old Kennedy Blades has breached larger walls since her childhood. Coming from a close-knit family, the Team USA member paired with her sister, Korina, to contest in tournaments and clubs, keeping her eye on Olympic participation. Eventually, the sisters had to move to several destinations for opportunities to prove their mettle. Now when Kennedy, the elder sister, has punched her Paris Olympics 2024 ticket, a fresh challenge has come in front of the Blades family. 

This time, her suplex trick of wrestling may not help her fulfill her needs. Therefore, feeling that crisis, Kennedy Blades and her family have come to the fans asking for help. 

Paris Olympics 2024 – yet so close, yet so far 

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As the latest update comes from Kennedy Blades and her family, the wrestler seeks financial help to manage her preparation for the Paris Olympics 2024. Incidentally, in the 76-kg category Olympic trial, the ASU wrestler took out two matches against Adeline Gray, arguably the greatest female wrestler. Furthermore, in the subsequent rounds, Kennedy overpowered wrestlers who held better chances to win the bouts. But all of such achievements are standing on the brink of shattering as her parents have mentioned in the fundraising for her on GoFundMe. com website. 

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Soon after such a fundraising request floated online, Kennedy Blades herself put a similar message on X, furthering the help plea. In her request, the Sunkist Kids phenom narrated, “Any support to bring my family to the Olympics is appreciated.” As the description goes, Kennedy’s parents, Saul Pulido and Cindy Ramos, are aiming to raise $ 30,000 from the fundraising program. The money will be used to provide the wrestler with the necessary resources and travel expenses, including taking her family to Paris. However, at the time of publishing this article, only $4,355 has been put into the purse from the donors and they need to fill it before August 10-11. That seems to be a mountainous job, but not hard for Kennedy’s family, who has remained there for her through thick and thin.

The familiar tale behind Kennedy Blades’ success 

In their childhood, the Blades sisters used to take an interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. But mainly because of their motivation, they soon shifted to wrestling. But another problem was waiting for them there. 

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The duo could not find matching partners for success, as very few used to take part in a sport like wrestling. That problem made them face boys for wrestling. Such a transition made the sisters hard enough to take on any challenge in the future. Soon they shifted club after club, winning battles against both girls and boys. In this endeavor, their parents helped them thoroughly, aiding them financially or shifting addresses. Furthermore, in their high school years at Wyoming Seminary, the sisters roamed through countries under the wrestling program. 

“Because there weren’t any women’s high school wrestling teams in the nation, we had to travel around the world to get competition,” Kennedy Blades narrated the reason. However, in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics trials, she claimed the runner-up position, missing the contest. This time, Kennedy did not let her inexperience affect her chance as she bested one wrestling legend. But now, the financial issue is standing between her and her Paris Olympics 2024 participation. 

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Prasun Chakrabarty

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Prasun Chakrabarty is an Olympic Sports Writer for EssentiallySports, who specializes in covering aquatic arena events. Post his experiences with prominent publications, Prasun began his days in ES, by actively covering two prime events - 2023 US Open Swimming Championships and the 2024 TYR Pro Swim Series. Prasun's coverage extends beyond the pool, and he takes specific interest in the progress of the triangular rivalry between track and field stars, Sha’Carri Richardson, Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
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Suman Varandani