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United Airlines gives Carpentersville Olympian tickets for her family

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  • Olympian Bradie Tennell will get to see her family in South Korea, thanks to a gift of plane tickets from United Airlines.

    Olympian Bradie Tennell will get to see her family in South Korea, thanks to a gift of plane tickets from United Airlines.
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By Alice Bazerghi
Chicago Sun-Times

United Airlines made an Olympic figure skater's dream come true by providing plane tickets for her family to join her in Pyeongchang.

When Carpentersville native Bradie Tennell qualified for the 2018 Olympic Games, she faced competing without her mother and two brothers by her side.

So a friend made a GoFundMe page for the athlete, whose single mother works two jobs as a registered nurse, in hopes of raising enough money for the travel expenses.

Chicago-based United Airlines caught wind of the fundraiser and last week showed up at the rink where Tennell trains to deliver a special surprise: tickets to send all three to the Olympics and watch their champion go for the gold.

• For more of the story, see the story at chicago.suntimes.com.

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