1/28 & 1/29: USAGSO's Olympic Opening Ceremony Program: Celebrate Girls & Women in Sports Day!
Hey #Heartbreakers! We're getting Winter Olympics ready! I'm SO excited to host USA Girl Scouts Overseas' Olympic Opening Ceremony Program on January 28th and January 29th (register for one session or both!).
In celebration of National Girls & Women in Sports Day, we're going to learn about the Winter Olympic Sports and our female athletes participating in them and participate in special projects to cheer on our female athletes competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics & Paralympics!
Plus, did I mention we're going to be joined by 2022 Female Olympians?! YES. Yes, we are. We're going to have a blast! Meet our Special Guests below!
This FREE event is open to Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from all Councils/ in all program grade levels (Girl Scout Daisies through Ambassadors and corresponding program levels for International Member Organizations).
You can join us for either one session or BOTH sessions of our Free program! During each program, we'll be working on different projects for different female athletes and we can't wait for YOU to join the girl-power celebration!
MEET OUR SPECIAL GUESTS
Kristina Lachaga - USAGSO's Olympic Opening Ceremony Host, Pop Singer/Songwriter
Rising pop singer/songwriter Kristina Lachaga, "The Girl With The Big Pink Heart™," has shared the stage with many artists on the scene, including Olivia Holt, Skylar Stecker, Bea Miller, Shawn Hook, and stars from Disney and Nickelodeon at concerts and events, including iHeartRadio & Girls' Life magazine's Shawn Mendes and One Direction Concert Pre-Parties. Having visited over 150 schools across the country spreading her #FollowYourHeartsDream™ and 'Sticks and Stones Anti-Bullying' messages, Kristina uses her voice to help give teens and tweens the confidence to explore their passions, work hard, and be themselves. She made her television performance debut on CBS/WBTV performing her single "R.S.V.P." -- inspired by Simon and Schuster/Aladdin MIX's book series You're Invited -- in Charlotte, NC's Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade. Kristina, a former Girl Scout and Girl Scouts Lifetime Member, has loved headlining Girl Scout QuestFest 2018 & 2019 in Savannah, GA (and 2020 & 2021 virtually!) and USA Girl Scouts Overseas' Cookie Rallies & Girl Scout World Tour, as well as performing at G.I.R.L. 2017 (Girl Scouts of the USA's National Convention in Columbus, OH), Girl Scout Cookie Rallies and Expos. Kristina's covers and original songs have over 3 million views across Instagram. Kristina's original songs -- including her new summer anthem, "Hot Summer" -- are available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Deezer, Amazon Music, and more.
Lilah Fear - 2022 Olympian - Ice Dance, Team Great Britain
Lilah Fear is a competitive ice dancer, representing Great Britain with her partner, Lewis Gibson. Together they are the 4-Time British National Champions, 2-Time Grand Prix Medalists and have been selected to compete at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics this February. Off of the ice, Lilah studies psychology at McGill University and is the host of the 'Lilah Jo Show' podcast. On her show, Lilah interviews Tony Award Winners to Olympic Champions, to provide role models for her generation and those to come.
Follow Lilah's Olympic Journey:
Rosie Brennan - 2022 Olympian - Cross Country Skiing, Team USA
I am Rosie Brennan, a member of the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team, Alaska Pacific University Nordic Ski Center, and a 2018 and 2022 Olympian. I was born and raised in Park City, Utah, attended Dartmouth College graduating with a BA in Geography, and now live in Anchorage, Alaska where I graduated with a MA from Alaska Pacific University and pursue my ski racing dreams.
The (late) Beginning - It took some time for me to find my true passion. I bounced around in sports from gymnastics to soccer and even a little alpine skiing, but nothing captured me. I found myself heading into 8th grade with not much going on, but with a lot of energy and competitive spirit. My mom tried again and again to find an activity for me and kept coming back to cross country skiing. Eventually, I gave in and told her I would try it. It instantly grabbed me and set me on a whole new path. With each year, I became more and more captivated and spent more and more time training while my goals and dreams grew big.
Off Days: In my time away from skiing, I have spent many years studying both Geography and Education and look forward to pursuing more school in the future. I believe education is one of the best ways to empower people. The mountains and exercise have undoubtedly given me a place and way to reflect, grow, grieve, work through problems, and challenge myself. I am a huge proponent of trails and any way that allows all people to experience the outdoors and maintain a healthy lifestyle. With the incredible fueling needs of a cross country skiing, I have become an avid cook and amateur nutritionist. I find the ability to cook and to understand what food can give me an empower ability that has allowed me to embrace my body and enjoy the experience of sharing meals with those around me. Lastly, I have been lucky enough to be part of strong movement of American women in cross country skiing where I have learned the power of a team, the ability to empower one another, and to not believe in boundaries that others see. These passions and beliefs have led me to engage with a number of non-profits in my community. I act as an ambassador for Fast and Female, a non-profit working to empower girls through sport; Skiku, a non-profit that teaches skiing to kids throughout rural Alaska; and Healthy Futures, a non-profit seeking to develop healthy habits in all Alaskan kids.
Follow Rosie's Olympic Journey:
Jane Channell - 2022 Olympian - Skeleton, Team Canada
I was born and raised in North Vancouver, BC. I grew up a multisport athlete playing basketball, soccer, and softball and running on the track team. Moving on through high school, running was my favourite sport leading me to run on the varsity track and field team at Simon Fraser University.
I was a sprinter, the shorter the distance the better. It was when I was training and racing at top speeds that I felt free. This feeling is what saved me and brought me back from devastation when my boyfriend suddenly passed away in my fourth year at university. I learned many life lessons that year that I still live by today.
In my fifth year, I became a multisport varsity athlete playing on the softball team. I then graduated in the spring of 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography.
In that same winter, I moved to Whistler on a whim to fully immerse myself in the sport of skeleton. I worked full time, and trained full time for two winters where I worked on my sliding skills, making the Canadian National Development Team in my second year. I made the move out to Calgary for my third year to be with the rest of the team. I moved up the ranks on the Intercontinental Team, all the way up to the World Cup in the second half of my 4th (2014-2015) season. In the 2017/18 season, I finished 5th overall on the World Cup circuit and competed for Canada in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang where I had the fastest push times and finished 10th.
Follow Jane's Olympic Journey:
Kimi Goetz - 2022 Olympian - Speed Skating, Team USA
Kimi first got into the sport of skating from copying everything that her older sister, Sam, did growing up. She began inline skating at eight years old and eventually transitioned to Long Track Speedskating in August 2018. Her favorite speed skating moment was when she watched her first international race in person at the 2014 World Championships in Montreal. After her time on the ice, Kimi plans to pursue work in special education at the elementary level and currently works as a processor at a finance company in addition to speed skating. Kimi enjoys spending time outside and lives by her favorite quote, "The expert at anything was once a beginner." Her two favorite foods are S'mores and pancakes.
Follow Kimi's Olympic Journey:
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** Please note: This program is not associated with, endorsed by, or in partnership with the Olympics, Olympic Games, Beijing 2022, their broadcast networks, International Federations, nor any other third parties. This is a free, educational event for girls registered in Girl Scouts and hosted by USA Girl Scouts Overseas.