Petra Acker

  • Petra Acker, Long Track Allround National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Petra Acker

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: May 6, 1993
    Hometown: Clifton Park, NY
    Current Residence: Park City, UT
    Coach: Kip Carpenter
    Discipline: 500m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 World Allround Championships, finished 22nd overall

    2009, 2011, and 2012 Long Track Junior World Championships

    2010 Short Track Junior World Championships

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2013 Winter World Cup team

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    I was the youngest skater at the 2010 Olympic Trials at 16 years old and finished in the top 8 in the 3000m

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    Third overall at the 2013 US Allaround Championships 

    First overall at the 2012 Junior Championships

    First overall at the 2011 US Allaround Championships

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    Junior B Short Track 500m, 1000m, 1500m

    Junior C Long Track 600m, 800m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2012-14 Long Track National Allround team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    After moving back to the US after living in Uganda for two years, I needed something to fulfill my homeschooling PE requirement. So my grandfather, Howard Ganong, a 5x National Champion speedskater brought me to the rink and I fell in love with skating.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    My 3000m at the 2013 US Allaround Championships. After a rough start to the season, I took 12 seconds off my personal best and raced the best I've ever skated in my life, qualifiing me for my first Senior World Cup team.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I'm trying to improve on all of my skating; I'm not satisfied with it yet.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    In 2011 only a month away from our first trials, I was hit by a car while on a training ride. I flipped into the windshield and broke my collar bone and humerus bone in 2 places. I missed the first half of the season but still competed at Junior Worlds.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love traveling and making new friends from other countries. I also love the purpose it brings to my life; being able to wake up every morning with a dream and to then have the opportunity to make that dream a reality.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Chicken with broccoli, sweet potatoes, and rice.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Cafe Rio, pizza, or ice cream

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I enjoy spending time with my friends, watching movies, drawing or painting.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE OFF-SEASON?

    I like to go home and spend time with my family, eat food I don't normally get to eat, and go for long runs.

     

    WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND WHY?

    My mom is one of strongest, most determined, sacrificial people I know, and I hope to one day be like her. 

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    Baby P

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    My family and I spent two years in Uganda, Africa building an orphanage with Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization my dad works for. I've also worked in Haiti with Samaritan's Purse. One day I hope to work overseas for Love 146.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Setting specific goals and constantly keeping them at the front of your mind. I have the Olympic rings on my mirror, on my fridge, and as the background on my phone to constantly remind myself each decision will lead me closer or farther from that goal.

     

    WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

    Instead of focusing on negative results, focus on what you can do differently to positively change it.

     

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