Local Olympian speed skater is looking to bring her family to Sochi

MELVINDALE, Mich. (WXYZ) - Melvindale native Jessica Smith is headed to Sochi to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In just a few short weeks, Smith will show the world what she's made of as she takes her spot on the women's short track team and competes to bring a gold medal back to the United States.

Smith is hoping her family can make the long journey from Michigan to Russia to join her for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and cheer her on.

Friends of Smith's parents, Rick and Reina Smith, want to surprise them. They are hoping to present them with a trip, paid in full, so that they can join their daughter without worry.

fundraising page has been set up by the Smiths' friends and family.

The authors of the page describe Smith's parents as "typical middle class, hardworking Americans who have sacrificed everything they have to help support her dream of going to the Olympics." Rick is a truck driver while Reina is a barber.

The campaign also hopes to send Smith's brother with them as well.

Costs for the trip which includes plane, hotel and food could run as high as $40,000. So far, the campaign has raised a little over $1,000.

To make a contribution, visit http://www.youcaring.com/other/olympic-dreams-come-true-/122826.

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