Tristan Gale Geisler participates in Salute To The Troops program presented by Dow at Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo.
Stationed about an hour west of Tokyo at Yokota Air Base, members of the U.S. Air Force and their families were primed for a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in Japan.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic waylaid those plans.
To fill the void since spectators were not allowed to attend the two major international sporting events, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation (USOPF) and two of Team USA’s biggest supporters stepped in to provide a different form of entertainment.
In a program called Salute The Troops, Team USA along with Dow and support from Reese’s donated two pieces of equipment to the 14,000 people living and working at Yokota Air Base and Japan Air Self-Defense Force Base, located in Fussa, Japan: a 28-foot-tall rock-climbing wall that can accommodate four people and a high-performance box gym were part of a presentation made July 30. Tristan Gale Geisler, who won the inaugural women’s skeleton gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City 2002, was part of the ceremony as she lives on a base near Okinawa, Japan, with her military spouse who lives on a base near Okinawa.
Additionally, Dow, with backing from Reese’s, announced Thursday it has donated $100,000 to the USOPF. That money will be split evenly between athletes who currently or have previously served in the military from the Olympic or Paralympic team, as well as support resources to fund Paralympians.
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 prove sport is able to transcend competition and become a vehicle for connecting and inspiring the world,” said Christine Walshe, chief development officer and president of USOPF, in a news release. “We’re so grateful for the Salute the Troops program. With Dow’s financial support, we’ll continue to ensure our active duty and veteran athletes, along with all Paralympic athletes, will have the sport support and resources they need to compete on the global stage.”