Olympians

  • William Imbs "Bill" Steinmetz

    1924 Olympian

    Joseph John "Joe" Moore

    1924 Olympian

  • Harry Hubert Kaskey

    1924 Olympian

    Charles Henry "Charley" Jewtraw

    1924 Olympian

  • Richard Edward Donovan

    1924 Olympian

    Raymond V. "Ray" Murray

    1928 1932 Olympian

  • Irving Warren Jaffee

    1928 1932 Olympian

    John Amos "Jack" Shea

    1932 Olympian

  • Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    1932 1936 1940 Olympian

    Allan Wilson Potts

    1932 1936 Olympian

  • Raymond V. "Ray" Murray

    1928 1932 Olympian

    Edward S. "Eddie" Murphy

    1932 1936 Olympian

  • Irving Warren Jaffee

    1928 1932 Olympian

    Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    1936 1940 1944 Olympian

  • Leonhard "Leo" Freisinger

    1936 1940 Olympian

    Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    1932 1936 1940 Olympian

  • Allan Wilson Potts

    1932 1936 Olympian

    Edward S. "Eddie" Murphy

    1932 1936 Olympian

  • Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    1936 1940 1944 Olympian

    Leonhard "Leo" Freisinger

    1936 1940 Olympian

  • Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    1932 1936 1940 Olympian

    Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    1936 1940 1944 Olympian

  • Louis “Sonny” Rupprecht

    1948 Olympian

    John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

  • Richard Earl "Buddy" Solem

    1948 Olympian

    Arthur Francis "Art" Seaman

    1948 Olympian

  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

    Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald

    1948 1952 Olympian

  • Raymond Edward "Ray" Blum

    1948 Olympian

    Kenneth Eldred "Ken" Bartholomew

    1948 Olympian

  • Eugene Myron "Gene" Sandvig

    1952 1956 Olympian

    Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    1952 1956 1960 Olympian

  • Charles William "Chuck" Burke

    1952 Olympian

    Alfred George "Al" Broadhurst

    1952 Olympian

  • John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

    Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

  • Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald

    1948 1952 Olympian

    Arthur Matthew "Art" Longsjo, Jr.

    1956 Olympian

  • William Ambrose "Bill" Carow

    1956 1960 Olympian

    Eugene Myron "Gene" Sandvig

    1952 1956 Olympian

  • Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    1952 1956 1960 Olympian

    John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    1948 1952 1956 Olympian

    Jeanne Marie Omelenchuk (Robinson-)

    1960 1972 Olympian

  • Barbara Day "Barb" Lockhart

    1960 1964 Olympian

    Cornelia Kelleher Harrington

    1960 Olympian

  • Beverly Jean Buhr

    1960 Olympian

    Ross Barta Zucco

    1960 Olympian

  • Arnold H. Uhrlass

    1960 Olympian

    Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

  • Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

    Richard Howard "Dick" Hunt

    1960 1964 Olympian

  • Floyd Curtis Bedbury

    1960 1964 Olympian

    William Ambrose "Bill" Carow

    1956 1960 Olympian

  • Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    1952 1956 1960 Olympian

    Janice Marie "Jan" Smith

    1964 Olympian

  • Judith Helen "Judy" Morstein (-Martz)

    1964 Olympian

    Janice Marie "Mary" Lawler 


    1964 Olympian

  • Wayne Arthur LeBombard

    1964 1968 Olympian

    Thomas James "Tom" Gray

    1964 1968 Olympian

  • Stanley Clair "Stan" Fail

    1964 Olympian

    Howard Wayne "Buddy" Campbell

    1964 Olympian

  • Barbara Day "Barb" Lockhart

    1960 1964 Olympian

    Jeanne Chesley Ashworth (-Walker)

    1964 1968 Olympian

  • Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

    Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

  • Richard Howard "Dick" Hunt

    1960 1964 Olympian

    Floyd Curtis Bedbury

    1960 1964 Olympian

  • Mary Margret Meyers (-Rothstein)

    1968 Olympian

    Dianne Mary Holum

    1968 1972 Olympian

  • Jennifer Lee "Jenny" Fish (-Baker)

    1968 Olympian

    Toy Joan Dorgan (-Martin) 


    1968 Olympian

  • Richard August Wurster

    1968 Olympian

    John Frederic Wurster

    1968 1972 Olympian

  • William Thomas "Bill" Lanigan

    1968 1972 Olympian

    William Dean "Bill" Cox

    1968 Olympian

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    1968 1972 1976 Olympian

    Roger James Capan

    1968 Olympian

  • Nathaniel H. "Neil" Blatchford, IV

    1968 1972 Olympian

    Wayne Arthur LeBombard

    1964 1968 Olympian

  • Thomas James "Tom" Gray

    1964 1968 Olympian

    Jeanne Chesley Ashworth (-Walker)

    1964 1968 Olympian

  • Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

    Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    1960 1964 1968 Olympian

  • Sheila Grace Young (-Ochowicz)

    1972 1976 Olympian

    Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    1972 1976 1980 Olympian

  • Kathryn Ann "Kay" Lunda (-Vandevrede)

    1972 Olympian

    Anne Elizabeth Henning (-Walker)

    1972 Olympian

  • Helen "Connie" Carpenter-Phinney

    1972 Olympian

    Clark David King

    1972 Olympian

  • Gary Michael Jonland

    1972 Olympian

    Charles Andrew Gilmore

    1972 1976 Olympian

  • Peter Martin "Pete" Eberling

    1972 Olympian

    Dianne Mary Holum

    1968 1972 Olympian

  • John Frederic Wurster

    1968 1972 Olympian

    William Thomas "Bill" Lanigan

    1968 1972 Olympian

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    1968 1972 1976 Olympian

    Nathaniel H. "Neil" Blatchford, IV

    1968 1972 Olympian

  • Jeanne Marie Omelenchuk (Robinson-)

    1960 1972 Olympian

    Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    1976 1980 1984 1988 Olympian

  • Cynthia Fay "Cindy" Seikkula

    1976 Olympian

    Lori Jeanne Monk (-Goff)

    1976 Olympian

  • Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden (-Reid)

    1976 1980 Olympian

    Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crowe

    1976 1980 Olympian

  • Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

    Peter Alan Mueller

    1976 1980 Olympian

  • Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

    Eric Arthur Heiden

    1976 1980 Olympian

  • James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

    Sheila Grace Young (-Ochowicz)

    1972 1976 Olympian

  • Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    1972 1976 1980 Olympian

    Charles Andrew Gilmore

    1972 1976 Olympian

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    1968 1972 1976 Olympian

    Thomas John "Tom" Plant

    1980 Olympian

  • Craig Ross Kressler

    1980 Olympian

    Erik Christian Henriksen

    1980 1984 1988 Olympian

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    1976 1980 1984 1988 Olympian

    Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden (-Reid)

    1976 1980 Olympian

  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crowe

    1976 1980 Olympian

    Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

  • Peter Alan Mueller

    1976 1980 Olympian

    Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

  • Eric Arthur Heiden

    1976 1980 Olympian

    James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

  • Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    1972 1976 1980 Olympian

    Lydia Rose Stephans (-Murphy)

    1984 Olympian

  • Janet Elizabeth "Jane" Goldman

    1984 1988 Olympian

    Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

    David William "Dave" Silk

    1984 1988 Olympian

  • Mark Allen Mitchell

    1984 Olympian

    Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    1984 1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Mark Mallen Huck

    1984 Olympian

    Erik Christian Henriksen

    1980 1984 1988 Olympian

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    1976 1980 1984 1988 Olympian

    Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

  • Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

    James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    1976 1980 1984 Olympian

  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    1988 1992 1994 1998 2002 Olympian

    Tara Elizabeth Laszlo (-Navarro)

    1988 Olympian

  • Moira D'Andrea (-Marshall)

    1988 1992 Olympian

    David Robert "Dave" Besteman

    1988 Olympian

  • Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

    Kathryn Helen "Katie" Class (-Marquard)

    1988 Olympian

  • Peggy Ann Clasen

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

    Leslie Elisabeth Corbett Bader (-Corbett)

    1988 Olympian

  • Brian Neal Wanek

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

    Martin John "Marty" Pierce

    1988 Olympian

  • Jeffrey Ross "Jeff" Klaiber

    1988 1992 Olympian

    Mark William Greenwald

    1988 1992 Olympian

  • Eric Joseph Flaim

    1988 1994 Olympian

    Thomas Preston "Tom" Cushman

    1988 Olympian

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    1988 1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    John Glenn Baskfield

    1988 Olympian

  • Janet Elizabeth "Jane" Goldman

    1984 1988 Olympian

    Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

    David William "Dave" Silk

    1984 1988 Olympian

  • Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    1984 1988 1992 1994 Olympian

    Erik Christian Henriksen

    1980 1984 1988 Olympian

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    1976 1980 1984 1988 Olympian

    Cathy Ann Turner

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

  • Darcie Dohnal (-Sharapova)

    1992 Olympian

    Angela Zuckerman (-Davre)

    1992 1994 Olympian

  • Michelle Lynn Kline

    1992 1994 Olympian

    Christopher P. "Chris" Shelley

    1992 Olympian

  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Amy Eileen Peterson

    1988 1992 1994 1998 2002 Olympian

  • Moira D'Andrea (-Marshall)

    1988 1992 Olympian

    Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Peggy Ann Clasen

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

    Brian Neal Wanek

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Jeffrey Ross "Jeff" Klaiber

    1988 1992 Olympian

    Mark William Greenwald

    1988 1992 Olympian

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    1988 1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    1984 1988 1992 Olympian

    Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    1984 1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Cathy Ann Turner

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Angela Zuckerman (-Davre)

    1992 1994 Olympian

  • Karen Cashman (-Lehmann)

    1994 Olympian

    John K. Coyle

    1994 Olympian

  • Randall Earl "Randy" Bartz

    1994 Olympian

    Michelle Lynn Kline

    1992 1994 Olympian

  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Christine "Chris" Scheels

    1994 Olympian

  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Amy Eileen Peterson

    1988 1992 1994 1998 2002 Olympian

  • Chantal L. Bailey (Dunn-, -Cermak)

    1994 Olympian

    Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • David "Dave" Tamburrino

    1994 1998 Olympian

    Peggy Ann Clasen

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Brendan Eppert

    1994 Olympian

    Brian Neal Wanek

    1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • KC Boutiette

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Eric Joseph Flaim

    1988 1994 Olympian

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    1988 1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    1984 1988 1992 1994 Olympian

  • Daniel J. "Dan" Weinstein

    1998 2002 Olympian

    Erin Porter (-Bembry)

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Julie Goskowicz (-Koons)

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Erin Gleason

    1998 Olympian

    Rusty Smith

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Cathy Ann Turner

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Thomas "Tommy" O'Hare

    1998 Olympian

  • Scott C. Koons

    1998 Olympian

    Rebecca "Becky" Sundstrom (-Thometz)

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Amy Elizabeth Sannes

    1998 2006 Olympian

    Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

    Marc Pelchat

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Derek Parra

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Casey J. FitzRandolph

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Cory J. Carpenter

    1998 Olympian

    Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    Amy Eileen Peterson

    1988 1992 1994 1998 2002 Olympian

  • David "Dave" Tamburrino

    1994 1998 Olympian

    KC Boutiette

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    1988 1992 1994 1998 Olympian

    J.P. Shilling

    2002 Olympian

  • Mary Griglak

    2002 Olympian

    Daniel J. "Dan" Weinstein

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Apolo Anton Ohno

    2002 2006 2010 Olympian

    Ann Elizabeth "Annie" Driscoll (-Pearson)

    2002 Olympian

  • Nicholas Otto "Nick" Pearson

    2002 2010 Olympian

    Jason Hedstrand

    2002 Olympian

  • William Joseph N. "Joey" Cheek

    2002 2006 Olympian

    Kip Carpenter

    2002 2006 Olympian

  • Erin Porter (-Bembry)

    1998 2002 Olympian

    Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Julie Goskowicz (-Koons)

    1998 2002 Olympian

    Rusty Smith

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Rebecca "Becky" Sundstrom (-Thometz)

    1998 2002 Olympian

    Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

    Marc Pelchat

    1998 2002 Olympian

  • Derek Parra

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Casey J. FitzRandolph

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Amy Eileen Peterson

    1988 1992 1994 1998 2002 Olympian

  • KC Boutiette

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Hyo-Jung Kim

    2006 Olympian

  • Anthony J. Lobello, Jr.

    2006 Olympian

    Alex Izykowski

    2006 Olympian

  • Kristine L. Holzer

    2006 Olympian

    Margaret Yates "Maggie" Crowley

    2006 Olympian

  • Clay Mull

    2006 Olympian

    Charles Ryan Leveille (Cox-)

    2006 Olympian

  • Chad Paul Hedrick

    2006 2010 Olympian

    Apolo Anton Ohno

    2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • William Joseph N. "Joey" Cheek

    2002 2006 Olympian

    Kip Carpenter

    2002 2006 Olympian

  • Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Rusty Smith

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Amy Elizabeth Sannes

    1998 2006 Olympian

    Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

    Derek Parra

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • Casey J. FitzRandolph

    1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

  • KC Boutiette

    1994 1998 2002 2006 Olympian

    Ryan Bedford

    2010 Olympian

  • Chad Paul Hedrick

    2006 2010 Olympian

    Apolo Anton Ohno

    2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • Nicholas Otto "Nick" Pearson

    2002 2010 Olympian

    Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    1998 2002 2006 2010 Olympian

olympian athlete profiles
  • Ryan Bedford

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 20, 1986 in Yuma, AZ
  • Chad Paul Hedrick

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 17, 1977 in Houston, Texas, United States
    Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze


    Chad Hedrick started out as an inline skater, and was one of the greatest US roller speed skaters ever, winning 50 World Championships, 93 US Championships, and setting multiple world records. He revolutionized inline speed skating with his technique of a double-push, called the DP, which is now standard at world-class levels. After watching fellow inline skater Derek Parra win two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Hedrick decided to switch to ice speed skating. After only four months on ice, Hedrick placed fifth in the 5,000 at the 2003 World Single Distance Championship, and after only two years of skating, he won the World Allround title in 2004 with a world record samalog of 150.478, and was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Statuette for 2004, given to the top speed skater performace in the world for the year.

    Between then and the Torino Olympics, Hedrick established himself among the best long-distance skaters in the world, setting world records in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10K in November-December 2005. He entered the 2006 Winter Olympics with chances to win medals in all three events as well as the new team pursuit, and Hedrick predicted he would equal Eric Heiden's five gold medals, adding the 1,000. The Torino Olympics started out well for Hedrick, as he won the 5,000 metres, but he won no further gold medals, although he did win a bronze in the 1,500 and silver in the 10K. But in the team pursuit, Hedrick and teammate Shani Davis got into a controversy when Davis elected not to compete, stating that it would interfere with his own best event, the 1,000, in which he would win the gold medal. Without Davis, the US pursuit team struggled and placed only sixth. Hedrick continues to speed skate internationally, but not quite as successfully, placing fourth at the 2008 World Allround. He was the leader on the Adelskalender from November 2005 thru March 2007.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.58 (2006); 1000 – 1:08.23 (2005); 1500 – 1:42.78 (2006); 3000 – 3:39.02 (2005); 5000 – 6:09.68 (2005); 10000 – 12:55.11 (2005); Allround Samalog – 148.799 (2006).

  • Apolo Anton Ohno

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: May 22, 1982 in Seattle, Washington, United States 

    Affiliations: UCCS Mountain Lions, Colorado Springs
    Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze


    Born to a Japanese father and an American mother, Apolo Anton Ohno had a troublesome youth, but his parents used his skating talent to straighten him out. After winning the 1999 World Junior title, Ohno soon rose to the international top, winning the 2001 1500 m World title. A crowd favourite at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, he won two medals, both of them after eventful races. His 1500 m gold was gained after the controversial disqualification of Kim Dong-Seong for cross-tracking. In the 1000 m, four out of five finalists fell in the final lap, allowing Steven Bradbury to win. Ohno managed to quickly crawl over the finish line to win the silver. Four years later, Ohno won three more Olympic medals, including the title in the 500 m. In 2008, he won the overall world title, after having won five distance titles earlier in his career. Ohno also won the World Cup three times (2001, 2003, 2005).

  • Nicholas Otto "Nick" Pearson

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthdate:  August 13, 1979
    Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin
    Current Residence: Park City, Utah
     

    Career Highlights

    Olympic

    2002: Olympic Games, Salt Lake City, 6th 1,500m; 6th 1,000m

    2010: Olympic Games, Vancouver, 7th 1000m

    International

    2002-03: World Cup Overall Standings, 6th 1,000m

                    World Single Distance Championships, 5th 1,000m

    2001-02: World Sprint Championships, 9th 1,000m

    2000-01: World Single Distance Championships, 17th 1,000m

                    World Cup Overall Standings, 13th 1,000m

    1999-00: World Sprint Championships, 13th 1,000m

                    World Single Distance Championships, 14th 1,000m

    National 

    2003-04: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall

    2002-03: U.S. Sprint Championships, 2nd Overall

    2001-02: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall

    2000-01: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall 

    1999-00: U.S. Allround Championships, 4th Overall

                    U.S. Sprint Championships, 1st Overall

     

    Teams:

    1997- 2010 U.S. National Team

    2002, 2010 Olympian

     

    Nick started speed skating at five years old when his father took him to the Wisconsin Olympic Rink in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Nick’s father grew up skating on frozen, flooded baseball fields and ponds in West Allis, Wisconsin.  He instilled a passion for skating in his son and young Nick quickly gravitated to the sport.  Whether it was driving Nick all over the Midwest to competitions or just providing moral support, Nick credits a majority of his success to his parents, who are his number one fans.

    Nick always dreamed of skating in the Olympics.  In 1998, just before the Olympic Trials for the Nagano Games, Nick was diagnosed with mononucleosis.  He was unsuccessful at qualifying and his Olympic dream was postponed for four years.   In 2002, a healthy and determined Nick made the U.S. Olympic Team and competed in the Salt Lake Games placing sixth in both the 1500m and 1000m races, finishing just a few tenths of a second off the medal winning pace in both races. Nick was determined to return to the games in 2006, and stake his place on the podium. Unfortunately, the 2006 season was one that would make Nick take a step back from the sport. He missed qualifying for the Olympic team, and knew he must evaluate what he was doing wrong and make the necessary changes. He was determined to use the disappointing season as inspiration for the future.

    “After achieving my life long goal of skating in the Olympics in 2002 and being just out of the medals, I now know I can go and have a chance of winning Olympic gold.  I was given everything I need to become the best in the world and now it’s all up to me,” said Nick.

    Following the 2010 Olympics Nick retired from the sport of speedskating as an athlete and now works for US Speedskating as the High Performance Programs Manager.  “For the past 25 plus years, this sport has given me and my family so much.  It is my turn to do what I can to give back to the sport.”

     
  • Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 8, 1976 in Miami, Florida, United States 

    Affiliations: Miami / Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Jennifer Rodriguez started out as an artistic roller skater, and then switched to inline speed skating, winning three titles at the 1993 World Championships. In 1996, she switched to speed skating in an attempt to make the US Olympic Team, and has since made three US Olympic teams – 1998, 2002, 2006. She was the first US Winter Olympian of Hispanic descent, as Rodriguez is Cuban-American, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant father and an American mother. She started out as an all-round skater but later in her career, was primarily a sprinter, and won the 2005 World Sprint Championships, after winning a bronze in the event in 2004. At the World Single Distance Championships, she won four medals from 2003-05, a silver in the 1,000 in 2003, and bronzes in the 1,500 in 2003-05. As a measure of her range, in 2003 she placed fifth in both the World Allround and Sprint Championships. Rodriguez was married for a time to American speed skater KC Boutiette, who also started out as an inline skater and encouraged her to make the change as well.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.87 (2005); 1000 – 1:14.05 (2003); 1500 – 1:54.61 (2005); 3000 – 4:04.99 (2002); 5000 – 7:07.93 (2001); Sprint Combination – 150.015 (2005); Allround Samalog – 163.735 (2002).

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 20, 1980 in Nashville, TN
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:18.11 (2007); 1500 – 1:57.34 (2006); 3000 – 4:01.98 (2006); 5000 – 6:56.92 (2006).

  • Hyo-Jung Kim

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 6, 1988 in Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
    
Affiliations: Ice Club DeMorra of the Southern California Speed Skating Association
  • Anthony J. Lobello, Jr.

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: August 15, 1984 in Tallahassee, FL
    
Affiliations: United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), Michigan
  • Alex Izykowski

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: January 26, 1984 in Bay City, MI
    Affiliations: Pikes Peak Community College
    Medals: 1 Bronze


    Originally an inline skater, Alex Izykowski began speed skating in 1995 after being inspired watching the 1994 Lillehammer Olymics, and he placed third at the 2002 US Junior Short-Track Championships. In 2003 he was eighth overall at the World Junior Championships, and in 2005 he was on the US relay team that won a bronze medal at the Worlds. Izykowski was second in the 3K at the US Team Championships in 2006, shortly after the Olympics. He was training for another attempt at the Winter Olympics, but a series of injuries derailed his efforts, and he retired from skating in May 2009.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.378 (2003); 1,000 – 1:28.217 (2001); 1,500 – 2:13.348 (2002); 3,000 – 4:39.362 (2002).

  • Kristine L. Holzer

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 21, 1974 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Margaret Yates "Maggie" Crowley

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 17, 1986 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
  • Clay Mull

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 29, 1979 in Charlotte, NC
  • Charles Ryan Leveille (Cox-)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 7, 1983 (Age 29) in Chattanooga, TN
  • Chad Paul Hedrick

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 17, 1977 in Houston, Texas, United States
    Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze


    Chad Hedrick started out as an inline skater, and was one of the greatest US roller speed skaters ever, winning 50 World Championships, 93 US Championships, and setting multiple world records. He revolutionized inline speed skating with his technique of a double-push, called the DP, which is now standard at world-class levels. After watching fellow inline skater Derek Parra win two medals at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Hedrick decided to switch to ice speed skating. After only four months on ice, Hedrick placed fifth in the 5,000 at the 2003 World Single Distance Championship, and after only two years of skating, he won the World Allround title in 2004 with a world record samalog of 150.478, and was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Statuette for 2004, given to the top speed skater performace in the world for the year.

    Between then and the Torino Olympics, Hedrick established himself among the best long-distance skaters in the world, setting world records in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10K in November-December 2005. He entered the 2006 Winter Olympics with chances to win medals in all three events as well as the new team pursuit, and Hedrick predicted he would equal Eric Heiden's five gold medals, adding the 1,000. The Torino Olympics started out well for Hedrick, as he won the 5,000 metres, but he won no further gold medals, although he did win a bronze in the 1,500 and silver in the 10K. But in the team pursuit, Hedrick and teammate Shani Davis got into a controversy when Davis elected not to compete, stating that it would interfere with his own best event, the 1,000, in which he would win the gold medal. Without Davis, the US pursuit team struggled and placed only sixth. Hedrick continues to speed skate internationally, but not quite as successfully, placing fourth at the 2008 World Allround. He was the leader on the Adelskalender from November 2005 thru March 2007.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.58 (2006); 1000 – 1:08.23 (2005); 1500 – 1:42.78 (2006); 3000 – 3:39.02 (2005); 5000 – 6:09.68 (2005); 10000 – 12:55.11 (2005); Allround Samalog – 148.799 (2006).

  • Apolo Anton Ohno

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: May 22, 1982 in Seattle, Washington, United States 

    Affiliations: UCCS Mountain Lions, Colorado Springs
    Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze


    Born to a Japanese father and an American mother, Apolo Anton Ohno had a troublesome youth, but his parents used his skating talent to straighten him out. After winning the 1999 World Junior title, Ohno soon rose to the international top, winning the 2001 1500 m World title. A crowd favourite at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, he won two medals, both of them after eventful races. His 1500 m gold was gained after the controversial disqualification of Kim Dong-Seong for cross-tracking. In the 1000 m, four out of five finalists fell in the final lap, allowing Steven Bradbury to win. Ohno managed to quickly crawl over the finish line to win the silver. Four years later, Ohno won three more Olympic medals, including the title in the 500 m. In 2008, he won the overall world title, after having won five distance titles earlier in his career. Ohno also won the World Cup three times (2001, 2003, 2005).

  • William Joseph N. "Joey" Cheek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 22, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina
    
Affiliations: Greensboro
    
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze


    Joey Cheek began speed skating in 1995 after changing from inline skating to speed skating. As an inliner, he was a junior national champion, set junior national records in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and was a member of two junior world inline teams. Cheek competed at the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Championships in speed skating, and his first senior international appearance was at the 2000 World Sprint Championships. Until then he had been an allrounder, but soon began focusing on the sprints. In 2002, Cheek was seventh at the World Sprint Championships, but three weeks later surprised by winning the bronze medal in the 1,000 at Salt Lake City. Though Cheek was frequently on the podium he had no World Cup wins in A races until 2006, when he finally broke through and won the World Sprint Championships, followed a few weeks later by his gold medal in the Olympic 500 and silver in the Olympic 1,000.


    But Cheek's accomplishments off the ice may be more impressive. After the Torino gold medal, Cheek donated his $25,000 award to the humanitarian group "Right to Play", which had been founded by former Norwegian speed skating legend Johann Olav Koss. He also donated his $15,000 from his silver medal to the same group. Cheek has founded Team Darfur, an international group of athletes committed to raising awareness about the crisis in Darfur in Sudan. He retired from skating after the Torino Winter Olympics and now attends Princeton, where he is studying economics and Chinese. Cheek was chosen by his teammates to carry the US flag at the 2006 Closing Ceremony. Cheek has stated that his goal is to be US President.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.66 (2001) / 1:09.76 (2006); 1000 – 1:07.29 (2005); 1500 – 1:44.98 (2004); 3000 – 3:54.76 (1999); 5000 – 6:42.57 (1999); 10000 – 14:13.81 (2000); Sprint Combination – 137.975 (2005); Allround Samalog – 156.942 (2000).

  • Kip Carpenter

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 30, 1979 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    
Medals: 1 Bronze 


    Kip Carpenter started out as a short-track skater, but switched to long-track in 1998. By the 1999 season he had already moved into the world's elite speed skating sprinters, winning bronzes in the 500 and 1,000 at the World Single Distance Championships. During his career he won 10 medals at the World Single Distance Championships, all in the 500 and 1,000, including golds in the 1,000 in both 2000 and 2006. Carpenter was known for his form and speed on turns, a remnant of his days in short-track. More than just a pure sprinter, he won the 2000 US Allround title. He retired after the 2008 season and coaches an elite speed skating club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.67 (2002) / 1:09.47 (2002); 1000 – 1:07.89 (2002); 1500 – 1:50.48 (2007); 3000 – 4:55.29 (1994); Sprint Combination – 139.025 (2006).

  • Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1980 in Natick, MA
    Affiliations: BSSC
  • Rusty Smith

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: August 27, 1979 in Sunset Beach, California
    
Affiliations: Southern California Speedskating Association 

    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Rusty Smith has competed at three Winter Olympic Games, with bronze medals in the 500 in 2002 and in the relay in 2006. He continues to compete and is on the US Short-Track Team, with an eye to make the Olympic team for Vancouver in 2010. At the 2002 US Olympic Trials, Smith was involved in the controversial final 1,000 metre race. Smith and teammates Apollo Anton Ohno had already qualified for the team. Their friend, Shani Davis, had not and needed to win the race to make the Olympic team. Davis did win the race, but other skaters, notably Tommy O’Hare, claimed that Ohno and Smith set this up for Davis. They were fully exonerated and Smith sued O’Hare for defamation of character, although it went nowhere. Davis made the Olympic team but then withdrew to compete in the World Long-Track Junior Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.556 (2004); 1,000 – 1:24.938 (2004); 1,500 – 2:13.893 (2001); 3,000 – 4:57.700 (2003).

  • Amy Elizabeth Sannes

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 3, 1977 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States 
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.61 (2006); 1000 – 1:15.09 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.59 (2002); 3000 – 4:20.81 (2002); 5000 – 8:12.60 (1997).

  • Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 8, 1976 in Miami, Florida, United States 

    Affiliations: Miami / Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Jennifer Rodriguez started out as an artistic roller skater, and then switched to inline speed skating, winning three titles at the 1993 World Championships. In 1996, she switched to speed skating in an attempt to make the US Olympic Team, and has since made three US Olympic teams – 1998, 2002, 2006. She was the first US Winter Olympian of Hispanic descent, as Rodriguez is Cuban-American, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant father and an American mother. She started out as an all-round skater but later in her career, was primarily a sprinter, and won the 2005 World Sprint Championships, after winning a bronze in the event in 2004. At the World Single Distance Championships, she won four medals from 2003-05, a silver in the 1,000 in 2003, and bronzes in the 1,500 in 2003-05. As a measure of her range, in 2003 she placed fifth in both the World Allround and Sprint Championships. Rodriguez was married for a time to American speed skater KC Boutiette, who also started out as an inline skater and encouraged her to make the change as well.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.87 (2005); 1000 – 1:14.05 (2003); 1500 – 1:54.61 (2005); 3000 – 4:04.99 (2002); 5000 – 7:07.93 (2001); Sprint Combination – 150.015 (2005); Allround Samalog – 163.735 (2002).

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 20, 1980 in Nashville, TN
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:18.11 (2007); 1500 – 1:57.34 (2006); 3000 – 4:01.98 (2006); 5000 – 6:56.92 (2006).

  • Derek Parra

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 15, 1970 in San Bernardino, California
    Affiliations: Greenfield 

    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver


    Derek Parra was a Mexican-American speed skater who started out as an inline speed skater, but followed the lead of KC Boutiette and Jen Rodriguez and switched to speed skating. On roller skates, Parra was a two-time World Champion and won three US Championships. As a speed skater he has two silver medals from World Championships, a silver in the 1,500 at the Single Distance Championships in 2001, and silver in the 1,500 at the 2002 World Allrounds. He was also third overall at the 2002 World Allrounds, his best year, as he won his Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 and silver in the 5,000 at Salt Lake City. Parra continued to compete thru the 2006 Winter Olympics but with less success, and retired after the Torino Games. He is now the US national all-round speed skating coach.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.88 (2001); 1000 – 1:08.87 (2003); 1500 – 1:43.95 (2002); 3000 – 3:46.14 (2002); 5000 – 6:17.98 (2002); 10000 – 13:33.44 (2002); Sprint Combination – 142.685 (2006); Allround Samalog – 153.661 (2002).

  • Casey J. FitzRandolph

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 21, 1975 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Verona 

    Medals: 1 Gold


    Casey FitzRandolph had his first big international success in 1997 when he won two 1000 m World Cup races in Calgary and skated the second fastest 1,000 m ever. Although he hoped to medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he had problems with the clap skates, and placed sixth and seventh in the 500 and 1,000, respectively. While he was a top sprinter on the World Cup circuit in the next few years, with several podium placements, he had no other World Cup wins coming into Salt Lake City, and was not favored. But he was helped in the 500 when Canadian favorite Jeremy Wotherspoon fell in the first race. FitzRandolph led after the first day with the second fastest 500 ever, 34.42, and hung on to narrowly defeat Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan. FitzRandolph's two best finishes at the World Sprint Championships were second in 2002 and third in 1997, and he won a bronze in the 500 at the 2001 World Single Distance Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.42 (2002)/1:09.23 (2002); 1000 – 1:08.06 (2002); 1500 – 1:46.31 (2006); 3000 – 4:04.25 (2000); 5000 – 6:59.38 (2000); Sprint Combination – 138.770 (2005).

  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 23, 1975 in West Allis, WI 

    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Chris Witty has competed at the top levels in both cycling and speed skating. Internationally she competed at the World Junior Championships in speed skating from 1991-94, with little success, placing sixth overall in 1994. Primarily a sprinter, she competed at the World Sprint Championships for the first time in 1994, and in 1996 broke thru to win the World title. In 1998 she won the 1,000 metre gold medal at the World Single Distance Championship. Her 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 1,000, however, in world record time, was a shock as she had had to cut back on her training. This was her fourth world record in the 1,000, in addition to two junior world records she had set, one in the 1,000, and one in the sprint. In 2000 Witty qualified for the Olympic team in cycling, where she placed fifth in the 500 metre time trial. She was chosen by her teammates to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony in Torino in 2006. Shortly before those Olympics, Witty revealed that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor for several years, beginning as a young child, keeping the secret for years, and the trauma of revealing this had affected her training prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.36 (2002); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.71 (2002); 3000 – 4:22.57 (1998); 5000 – 7:38.20 (1998); Allround Samalog – 168.851 (1998); Sprint Combination – 152.905 (1999).

  • KC Boutiette

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1970 in Lakewood, WA


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.09 (2004); 1000 – 1:09.90 (2004); 1500 – 1:46.78 (2003); 5000 – 6:22.97 (2002); 10000 – 13:21.06 (2004).

  • J.P. Shilling

    Long Track Speedskating

    Date of Birth: 12/20/71

    Hometown: Baltimore, MD

    Team: U.S. National Allround Team

    Career Highlights: 

    -2002 Olympian

    -14th, 1500m 2002 Olympic Winter Games

    -5th, 1500m 2002 World Allround Championships

    -14th, overall 2002 World Allround Championships

    -7th, overall 2001 U.S. Sprint Championships

    Personal Bests: 500m-36.26 (2002), 1000m-1:09.89 (2002), 1500m-1:46.29 (2002)

  • Mary Griglak

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Daniel J. "Dan" Weinstein

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: February 4, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts 
    Affiliations: BSSC
  • Apolo Anton Ohno

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: May 22, 1982 in Seattle, Washington, United States 

    Affiliations: UCCS Mountain Lions, Colorado Springs
    Medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze


    Born to a Japanese father and an American mother, Apolo Anton Ohno had a troublesome youth, but his parents used his skating talent to straighten him out. After winning the 1999 World Junior title, Ohno soon rose to the international top, winning the 2001 1500 m World title. A crowd favourite at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, he won two medals, both of them after eventful races. His 1500 m gold was gained after the controversial disqualification of Kim Dong-Seong for cross-tracking. In the 1000 m, four out of five finalists fell in the final lap, allowing Steven Bradbury to win. Ohno managed to quickly crawl over the finish line to win the silver. Four years later, Ohno won three more Olympic medals, including the title in the 500 m. In 2008, he won the overall world title, after having won five distance titles earlier in his career. Ohno also won the World Cup three times (2001, 2003, 2005).

  • Ann Elizabeth "Annie" Driscoll (-Pearson)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 30, 1978 in Saint Paul, MN
    
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.69 (2002); 1000 – 1:18.31 (2002); 1500 – 1:59.50 (2002); 3000 – 4:14.73 (2001); 5000 – 7:35.23 (2002).

  • Nicholas Otto "Nick" Pearson

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthdate:  August 13, 1979
    Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin
    Current Residence: Park City, Utah
     

    Career Highlights

    Olympic

    2002: Olympic Games, Salt Lake City, 6th 1,500m; 6th 1,000m

    2010: Olympic Games, Vancouver, 7th 1000m

    International

    2002-03: World Cup Overall Standings, 6th 1,000m

                    World Single Distance Championships, 5th 1,000m

    2001-02: World Sprint Championships, 9th 1,000m

    2000-01: World Single Distance Championships, 17th 1,000m

                    World Cup Overall Standings, 13th 1,000m

    1999-00: World Sprint Championships, 13th 1,000m

                    World Single Distance Championships, 14th 1,000m

    National 

    2003-04: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall

    2002-03: U.S. Sprint Championships, 2nd Overall

    2001-02: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall

    2000-01: U.S. Sprint Championships, 3rd Overall 

    1999-00: U.S. Allround Championships, 4th Overall

                    U.S. Sprint Championships, 1st Overall

     

    Teams:

    1997- 2010 U.S. National Team

    2002, 2010 Olympian

     

    Nick started speed skating at five years old when his father took him to the Wisconsin Olympic Rink in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Nick’s father grew up skating on frozen, flooded baseball fields and ponds in West Allis, Wisconsin.  He instilled a passion for skating in his son and young Nick quickly gravitated to the sport.  Whether it was driving Nick all over the Midwest to competitions or just providing moral support, Nick credits a majority of his success to his parents, who are his number one fans.

    Nick always dreamed of skating in the Olympics.  In 1998, just before the Olympic Trials for the Nagano Games, Nick was diagnosed with mononucleosis.  He was unsuccessful at qualifying and his Olympic dream was postponed for four years.   In 2002, a healthy and determined Nick made the U.S. Olympic Team and competed in the Salt Lake Games placing sixth in both the 1500m and 1000m races, finishing just a few tenths of a second off the medal winning pace in both races. Nick was determined to return to the games in 2006, and stake his place on the podium. Unfortunately, the 2006 season was one that would make Nick take a step back from the sport. He missed qualifying for the Olympic team, and knew he must evaluate what he was doing wrong and make the necessary changes. He was determined to use the disappointing season as inspiration for the future.

    “After achieving my life long goal of skating in the Olympics in 2002 and being just out of the medals, I now know I can go and have a chance of winning Olympic gold.  I was given everything I need to become the best in the world and now it’s all up to me,” said Nick.

    Following the 2010 Olympics Nick retired from the sport of speedskating as an athlete and now works for US Speedskating as the High Performance Programs Manager.  “For the past 25 plus years, this sport has given me and my family so much.  It is my turn to do what I can to give back to the sport.”

     
  • Jason Hedstrand

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 22, 1975 (Age 36) in Shoreview, MI
    
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul (USA)

  • William Joseph N. "Joey" Cheek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 22, 1979 in Greensboro, North Carolina
    
Affiliations: Greensboro
    
Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze


    Joey Cheek began speed skating in 1995 after changing from inline skating to speed skating. As an inliner, he was a junior national champion, set junior national records in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and was a member of two junior world inline teams. Cheek competed at the 1997 and 1998 World Junior Championships in speed skating, and his first senior international appearance was at the 2000 World Sprint Championships. Until then he had been an allrounder, but soon began focusing on the sprints. In 2002, Cheek was seventh at the World Sprint Championships, but three weeks later surprised by winning the bronze medal in the 1,000 at Salt Lake City. Though Cheek was frequently on the podium he had no World Cup wins in A races until 2006, when he finally broke through and won the World Sprint Championships, followed a few weeks later by his gold medal in the Olympic 500 and silver in the Olympic 1,000.


    But Cheek's accomplishments off the ice may be more impressive. After the Torino gold medal, Cheek donated his $25,000 award to the humanitarian group "Right to Play", which had been founded by former Norwegian speed skating legend Johann Olav Koss. He also donated his $15,000 from his silver medal to the same group. Cheek has founded Team Darfur, an international group of athletes committed to raising awareness about the crisis in Darfur in Sudan. He retired from skating after the Torino Winter Olympics and now attends Princeton, where he is studying economics and Chinese. Cheek was chosen by his teammates to carry the US flag at the 2006 Closing Ceremony. Cheek has stated that his goal is to be US President.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.66 (2001) / 1:09.76 (2006); 1000 – 1:07.29 (2005); 1500 – 1:44.98 (2004); 3000 – 3:54.76 (1999); 5000 – 6:42.57 (1999); 10000 – 14:13.81 (2000); Sprint Combination – 137.975 (2005); Allround Samalog – 156.942 (2000).

  • Kip Carpenter

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 30, 1979 in Kalamazoo, Michigan
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    
Medals: 1 Bronze 


    Kip Carpenter started out as a short-track skater, but switched to long-track in 1998. By the 1999 season he had already moved into the world's elite speed skating sprinters, winning bronzes in the 500 and 1,000 at the World Single Distance Championships. During his career he won 10 medals at the World Single Distance Championships, all in the 500 and 1,000, including golds in the 1,000 in both 2000 and 2006. Carpenter was known for his form and speed on turns, a remnant of his days in short-track. More than just a pure sprinter, he won the 2000 US Allround title. He retired after the 2008 season and coaches an elite speed skating club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.67 (2002) / 1:09.47 (2002); 1000 – 1:07.89 (2002); 1500 – 1:50.48 (2007); 3000 – 4:55.29 (1994); Sprint Combination – 139.025 (2006).

  • Erin Porter (-Bembry)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: December 12, 1978 in Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1980 in Natick, MA
    Affiliations: BSSC
  • Julie Goskowicz (-Koons)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 2, 1980 in Aurora, IL
    
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul
  • Rusty Smith

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: August 27, 1979 in Sunset Beach, California
    
Affiliations: Southern California Speedskating Association 

    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Rusty Smith has competed at three Winter Olympic Games, with bronze medals in the 500 in 2002 and in the relay in 2006. He continues to compete and is on the US Short-Track Team, with an eye to make the Olympic team for Vancouver in 2010. At the 2002 US Olympic Trials, Smith was involved in the controversial final 1,000 metre race. Smith and teammates Apollo Anton Ohno had already qualified for the team. Their friend, Shani Davis, had not and needed to win the race to make the Olympic team. Davis did win the race, but other skaters, notably Tommy O’Hare, claimed that Ohno and Smith set this up for Davis. They were fully exonerated and Smith sued O’Hare for defamation of character, although it went nowhere. Davis made the Olympic team but then withdrew to compete in the World Long-Track Junior Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.556 (2004); 1,000 – 1:24.938 (2004); 1,500 – 2:13.893 (2001); 3,000 – 4:57.700 (2003).

  • Rebecca "Becky" Sundstrom (-Thometz)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 10, 1976 (Age 36) in Glen Ellyn, IL
    
Affiliations: Glen Ellyn Amateur Athletic Association


    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.49 (2003); 1000 – 1:15.58 (2003); 1500 – 1:57.28 (2001); 3000 – 4:14.60 (2001); 5000 – 7:33.80 (1998).

  • Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 8, 1976 in Miami, Florida, United States 

    Affiliations: Miami / Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Jennifer Rodriguez started out as an artistic roller skater, and then switched to inline speed skating, winning three titles at the 1993 World Championships. In 1996, she switched to speed skating in an attempt to make the US Olympic Team, and has since made three US Olympic teams – 1998, 2002, 2006. She was the first US Winter Olympian of Hispanic descent, as Rodriguez is Cuban-American, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant father and an American mother. She started out as an all-round skater but later in her career, was primarily a sprinter, and won the 2005 World Sprint Championships, after winning a bronze in the event in 2004. At the World Single Distance Championships, she won four medals from 2003-05, a silver in the 1,000 in 2003, and bronzes in the 1,500 in 2003-05. As a measure of her range, in 2003 she placed fifth in both the World Allround and Sprint Championships. Rodriguez was married for a time to American speed skater KC Boutiette, who also started out as an inline skater and encouraged her to make the change as well.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.87 (2005); 1000 – 1:14.05 (2003); 1500 – 1:54.61 (2005); 3000 – 4:04.99 (2002); 5000 – 7:07.93 (2001); Sprint Combination – 150.015 (2005); Allround Samalog – 163.735 (2002).

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 20, 1980 in Nashville, TN
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:18.11 (2007); 1500 – 1:57.34 (2006); 3000 – 4:01.98 (2006); 5000 – 6:56.92 (2006).

  • Marc Pelchat

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1967 in Chelmsford, MA
    
Affiliations: Chelmsford


    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.89 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.68 (1999); 1500 – 2:01.47 (1998).

  • Derek Parra

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 15, 1970 in San Bernardino, California
    Affiliations: Greenfield 

    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver


    Derek Parra was a Mexican-American speed skater who started out as an inline speed skater, but followed the lead of KC Boutiette and Jen Rodriguez and switched to speed skating. On roller skates, Parra was a two-time World Champion and won three US Championships. As a speed skater he has two silver medals from World Championships, a silver in the 1,500 at the Single Distance Championships in 2001, and silver in the 1,500 at the 2002 World Allrounds. He was also third overall at the 2002 World Allrounds, his best year, as he won his Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 and silver in the 5,000 at Salt Lake City. Parra continued to compete thru the 2006 Winter Olympics but with less success, and retired after the Torino Games. He is now the US national all-round speed skating coach.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.88 (2001); 1000 – 1:08.87 (2003); 1500 – 1:43.95 (2002); 3000 – 3:46.14 (2002); 5000 – 6:17.98 (2002); 10000 – 13:33.44 (2002); Sprint Combination – 142.685 (2006); Allround Samalog – 153.661 (2002).

  • Casey J. FitzRandolph

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 21, 1975 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Verona 

    Medals: 1 Gold


    Casey FitzRandolph had his first big international success in 1997 when he won two 1000 m World Cup races in Calgary and skated the second fastest 1,000 m ever. Although he hoped to medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he had problems with the clap skates, and placed sixth and seventh in the 500 and 1,000, respectively. While he was a top sprinter on the World Cup circuit in the next few years, with several podium placements, he had no other World Cup wins coming into Salt Lake City, and was not favored. But he was helped in the 500 when Canadian favorite Jeremy Wotherspoon fell in the first race. FitzRandolph led after the first day with the second fastest 500 ever, 34.42, and hung on to narrowly defeat Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan. FitzRandolph's two best finishes at the World Sprint Championships were second in 2002 and third in 1997, and he won a bronze in the 500 at the 2001 World Single Distance Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.42 (2002)/1:09.23 (2002); 1000 – 1:08.06 (2002); 1500 – 1:46.31 (2006); 3000 – 4:04.25 (2000); 5000 – 6:59.38 (2000); Sprint Combination – 138.770 (2005).

  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 23, 1975 in West Allis, WI 

    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Chris Witty has competed at the top levels in both cycling and speed skating. Internationally she competed at the World Junior Championships in speed skating from 1991-94, with little success, placing sixth overall in 1994. Primarily a sprinter, she competed at the World Sprint Championships for the first time in 1994, and in 1996 broke thru to win the World title. In 1998 she won the 1,000 metre gold medal at the World Single Distance Championship. Her 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 1,000, however, in world record time, was a shock as she had had to cut back on her training. This was her fourth world record in the 1,000, in addition to two junior world records she had set, one in the 1,000, and one in the sprint. In 2000 Witty qualified for the Olympic team in cycling, where she placed fifth in the 500 metre time trial. She was chosen by her teammates to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony in Torino in 2006. Shortly before those Olympics, Witty revealed that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor for several years, beginning as a young child, keeping the secret for years, and the trauma of revealing this had affected her training prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.36 (2002); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.71 (2002); 3000 – 4:22.57 (1998); 5000 – 7:38.20 (1998); Allround Samalog – 168.851 (1998); Sprint Combination – 152.905 (1999).

  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 29, 1971 in Maplewood, Minnesota
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs / Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze 

    Amy Peterson competed in five Winter Olympics Games, including 1988 when short-track was only a demonstration sport, winning three medals, and was honored by carrying the US flag at the 2002 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Peterson won the 1,000 and 1,500 at the US Olympic Festival, placing third in the 500. After the 1994 Winter Olympics she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which affected her training, but she still made the 1998 US team. She recovered nicely, winning all four distances at the 2000 US Short-Track Championships, and in 2001 she won her eighth overall US Championship. Peterson retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics, graduating from St. Paul’s Concordia University, and began coaching. She made a brief comeback in 2004-05, but failed to make the 2006 US Winter Olympic Team. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in long-track speed skating for the United States at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

     

  • KC Boutiette

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1970 in Lakewood, WA


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.09 (2004); 1000 – 1:09.90 (2004); 1500 – 1:46.78 (2003); 5000 – 6:22.97 (2002); 10000 – 13:21.06 (2004).

  • Daniel J. "Dan" Weinstein

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: February 4, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts 
    Affiliations: BSSC
  • Erin Porter (-Bembry)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: December 12, 1978 in Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Caroline Hallisey (-Kepka)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1980 in Natick, MA
    Affiliations: BSSC
  • Julie Goskowicz (-Koons)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 2, 1980 in Aurora, IL
    
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul
  • Erin Gleason

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: September 18, 1977 in Dover Township, NJ
  • Rusty Smith

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: August 27, 1979 in Sunset Beach, California
    
Affiliations: Southern California Speedskating Association 

    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Rusty Smith has competed at three Winter Olympic Games, with bronze medals in the 500 in 2002 and in the relay in 2006. He continues to compete and is on the US Short-Track Team, with an eye to make the Olympic team for Vancouver in 2010. At the 2002 US Olympic Trials, Smith was involved in the controversial final 1,000 metre race. Smith and teammates Apollo Anton Ohno had already qualified for the team. Their friend, Shani Davis, had not and needed to win the race to make the Olympic team. Davis did win the race, but other skaters, notably Tommy O’Hare, claimed that Ohno and Smith set this up for Davis. They were fully exonerated and Smith sued O’Hare for defamation of character, although it went nowhere. Davis made the Olympic team but then withdrew to compete in the World Long-Track Junior Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.556 (2004); 1,000 – 1:24.938 (2004); 1,500 – 2:13.893 (2001); 3,000 – 4:57.700 (2003).

  • Cathy Ann Turner

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: April 10, 1962 in Rochester, NY
    Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Cathy Turner began her speed skating career in the 1970s, winning the 1979 U.S. short-track title. But she retired in 1980 to pursue a singing and songwriting career. She was a bar singer in Las Vegas, under the name Nikki Newland. Inspired by the 1988 short-track demonstration events at Calgary, and trying to overcome clinical depression, when short-track speed skating became an Olympic sport in 1992, she came out of retirement and won the only individual event on the program, the 500 metres. She defended that title in 1994 at Lillehammer, and added relay medals (silver in 1992 and bronze in 1994) to give her four short-track medals in all. She was one of the few speed skaters to appear in Ice Capades, which she did in 1992, skating and singing. She also appeared on television as one of the American Gladiators.

     
  • Thomas "Tommy" O'Hare

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: July 10, 1977 in St. Louis, MO
  • Scott C. Koons

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1976 in Cleveland, OH
  • Rebecca "Becky" Sundstrom (-Thometz)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 10, 1976 (Age 36) in Glen Ellyn, IL
    
Affiliations: Glen Ellyn Amateur Athletic Association


    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.49 (2003); 1000 – 1:15.58 (2003); 1500 – 1:57.28 (2001); 3000 – 4:14.60 (2001); 5000 – 7:33.80 (1998).

  • Amy Elizabeth Sannes

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 3, 1977 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States 
Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.61 (2006); 1000 – 1:15.09 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.59 (2002); 3000 – 4:20.81 (2002); 5000 – 8:12.60 (1997).

  • Jennifer Jill Rodriguez

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 8, 1976 in Miami, Florida, United States 

    Affiliations: Miami / Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
    Medals: 2 Bronze


    Jennifer Rodriguez started out as an artistic roller skater, and then switched to inline speed skating, winning three titles at the 1993 World Championships. In 1996, she switched to speed skating in an attempt to make the US Olympic Team, and has since made three US Olympic teams – 1998, 2002, 2006. She was the first US Winter Olympian of Hispanic descent, as Rodriguez is Cuban-American, the daughter of a Cuban immigrant father and an American mother. She started out as an all-round skater but later in her career, was primarily a sprinter, and won the 2005 World Sprint Championships, after winning a bronze in the event in 2004. At the World Single Distance Championships, she won four medals from 2003-05, a silver in the 1,000 in 2003, and bronzes in the 1,500 in 2003-05. As a measure of her range, in 2003 she placed fifth in both the World Allround and Sprint Championships. Rodriguez was married for a time to American speed skater KC Boutiette, who also started out as an inline skater and encouraged her to make the change as well.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.87 (2005); 1000 – 1:14.05 (2003); 1500 – 1:54.61 (2005); 3000 – 4:04.99 (2002); 5000 – 7:07.93 (2001); Sprint Combination – 150.015 (2005); Allround Samalog – 163.735 (2002).

  • Catherine Raney Norman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 20, 1980 in Nashville, TN
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:18.11 (2007); 1500 – 1:57.34 (2006); 3000 – 4:01.98 (2006); 5000 – 6:56.92 (2006).

  • Marc Pelchat

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1967 in Chelmsford, MA
    
Affiliations: Chelmsford


    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.89 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.68 (1999); 1500 – 2:01.47 (1998).

  • Derek Parra

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 15, 1970 in San Bernardino, California
    Affiliations: Greenfield 

    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver


    Derek Parra was a Mexican-American speed skater who started out as an inline speed skater, but followed the lead of KC Boutiette and Jen Rodriguez and switched to speed skating. On roller skates, Parra was a two-time World Champion and won three US Championships. As a speed skater he has two silver medals from World Championships, a silver in the 1,500 at the Single Distance Championships in 2001, and silver in the 1,500 at the 2002 World Allrounds. He was also third overall at the 2002 World Allrounds, his best year, as he won his Olympic gold medal in the 1,500 and silver in the 5,000 at Salt Lake City. Parra continued to compete thru the 2006 Winter Olympics but with less success, and retired after the Torino Games. He is now the US national all-round speed skating coach.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.88 (2001); 1000 – 1:08.87 (2003); 1500 – 1:43.95 (2002); 3000 – 3:46.14 (2002); 5000 – 6:17.98 (2002); 10000 – 13:33.44 (2002); Sprint Combination – 142.685 (2006); Allround Samalog – 153.661 (2002).

  • Casey J. FitzRandolph

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 21, 1975 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Verona 

    Medals: 1 Gold


    Casey FitzRandolph had his first big international success in 1997 when he won two 1000 m World Cup races in Calgary and skated the second fastest 1,000 m ever. Although he hoped to medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he had problems with the clap skates, and placed sixth and seventh in the 500 and 1,000, respectively. While he was a top sprinter on the World Cup circuit in the next few years, with several podium placements, he had no other World Cup wins coming into Salt Lake City, and was not favored. But he was helped in the 500 when Canadian favorite Jeremy Wotherspoon fell in the first race. FitzRandolph led after the first day with the second fastest 500 ever, 34.42, and hung on to narrowly defeat Hiroyasu Shimizu of Japan. FitzRandolph's two best finishes at the World Sprint Championships were second in 2002 and third in 1997, and he won a bronze in the 500 at the 2001 World Single Distance Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 34.42 (2002)/1:09.23 (2002); 1000 – 1:08.06 (2002); 1500 – 1:46.31 (2006); 3000 – 4:04.25 (2000); 5000 – 6:59.38 (2000); Sprint Combination – 138.770 (2005).

  • Cory J. Carpenter

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 30, 1976 (Age 35) in Kalamazoo, MI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis (USA)


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.72 (1998); 1000 – 1:11.56 (1998); 1500 – 1:50.20 (1999); 5000 – 7:15.96 (1996); 10000 – 15:41.12 (1995).

  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 23, 1975 in West Allis, WI 

    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Chris Witty has competed at the top levels in both cycling and speed skating. Internationally she competed at the World Junior Championships in speed skating from 1991-94, with little success, placing sixth overall in 1994. Primarily a sprinter, she competed at the World Sprint Championships for the first time in 1994, and in 1996 broke thru to win the World title. In 1998 she won the 1,000 metre gold medal at the World Single Distance Championship. Her 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 1,000, however, in world record time, was a shock as she had had to cut back on her training. This was her fourth world record in the 1,000, in addition to two junior world records she had set, one in the 1,000, and one in the sprint. In 2000 Witty qualified for the Olympic team in cycling, where she placed fifth in the 500 metre time trial. She was chosen by her teammates to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony in Torino in 2006. Shortly before those Olympics, Witty revealed that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor for several years, beginning as a young child, keeping the secret for years, and the trauma of revealing this had affected her training prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.36 (2002); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.71 (2002); 3000 – 4:22.57 (1998); 5000 – 7:38.20 (1998); Allround Samalog – 168.851 (1998); Sprint Combination – 152.905 (1999).

  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 15, 1970 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Evanston

     

    Nate Mills came from a highly athletic family, most notable for his sister, Phoebe Mills, who won a bronze medal in gymnastics on the balance beam at the 1988 Olympics, and later competed in the Olympic Trials in diving. Nate appeared in three Olympic Winter Games for the US and had a long career on the World Cup circuit, starting in 1988 and lasting through 1998. He began his international career with three appearances at the World Junior Championships, 1987-89, with a best overall finish of 10th in 1989, when he placed fifth in 500. He competed at the 1991 World Winter Universiade where he won a bronze in the 1,000 m. Mills also competed at the 1989 and 1991 World Championships, placing second in the 500 in 1991, and at two World Sprint Championships, in 1994 and 1998. Mills later became a teacher in the DC area, where has founded DC ICE (Inner City Excellence), which attempts to get inner city youth involved in skating programs, notably at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.98 (1998); 1000 – 1:11.18 (1998); 1500 – 1:50.07 (1998); 5000 – 6:56.45 (1991); 10000 – 14:40.46 (1991).

     
  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 29, 1971 in Maplewood, Minnesota
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs / Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze 

    Amy Peterson competed in five Winter Olympics Games, including 1988 when short-track was only a demonstration sport, winning three medals, and was honored by carrying the US flag at the 2002 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Peterson won the 1,000 and 1,500 at the US Olympic Festival, placing third in the 500. After the 1994 Winter Olympics she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which affected her training, but she still made the 1998 US team. She recovered nicely, winning all four distances at the 2000 US Short-Track Championships, and in 2001 she won her eighth overall US Championship. Peterson retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics, graduating from St. Paul’s Concordia University, and began coaching. She made a brief comeback in 2004-05, but failed to make the 2006 US Winter Olympic Team. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in long-track speed skating for the United States at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

     

  • David "Dave" Tamburrino

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 19, 1972 in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs (USA)

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.12 (1998); 1000 – 1:13.06 (1998); 1500 – 1:52.06 (1997); 5000 – 6:41.19 (1998); 10000 – 14:12.00 (1998).

  • KC Boutiette

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1970 in Lakewood, WA


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.09 (2004); 1000 – 1:09.90 (2004); 1500 – 1:46.78 (2003); 5000 – 6:22.97 (2002); 10000 – 13:21.06 (2004).

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 11, 1969 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

    Dave Cruikshank competed for the US at four Winter Olympics. He also attended the 2002 US Olympic Trials but failed to make the team. Cruikshank’s first international appearance was at the 1987 World Junior Championships, where he won the 500, which would remain his only international podium appearance during a long career, primarily as a sprinter. He later competed at the World Sprint Championships in 1989, 1992-93, and 1995; the World Winter University Games in 1991; and the World Single Distance Championships in 1997 and 1998. Cruikshank also skated the World Cup circuit from 1987 through 1999. Cruikshank is a graduate of Carroll College with a degree in business management. He later started DC Hybrid Skating, a skating coaching group and personally he has served as a skating coach to several NHL and minor league hockey teams, as well as D1 college programs. Cruikshank has become quite entrepreneurial, also involved with Under Armour TNP Performance Training Council, an online educational resource that focuses on inproving athletic performance; Shwalla and Blue Speed, a performance apparel line; and DASC, a company which makes high-performance ice hockey skates. Cruikshank is the husband of speed skating sprint superstar Bonnie Blair. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.01 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.63 (2000); 1500 – 1:56.84 (1989); 5000 – 7:50.46 (1987).

     
  • Cathy Ann Turner

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: April 10, 1962 in Rochester, NY
    Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Cathy Turner began her speed skating career in the 1970s, winning the 1979 U.S. short-track title. But she retired in 1980 to pursue a singing and songwriting career. She was a bar singer in Las Vegas, under the name Nikki Newland. Inspired by the 1988 short-track demonstration events at Calgary, and trying to overcome clinical depression, when short-track speed skating became an Olympic sport in 1992, she came out of retirement and won the only individual event on the program, the 500 metres. She defended that title in 1994 at Lillehammer, and added relay medals (silver in 1992 and bronze in 1994) to give her four short-track medals in all. She was one of the few speed skaters to appear in Ice Capades, which she did in 1992, skating and singing. She also appeared on television as one of the American Gladiators.

     
  • Angela Zuckerman (-Davre)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 24, 1965 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
     
     
    Angela Zuckerman first skated internationally at the 1982 World Junior Championship, where she placed seventh in all-around, and third at the 1,500 metre distance. She was 10th at the 1983 meet in all-around. Zuckerman skated the World Cup circuit from 1986-93. In 1987 she met French speed skater Jérôme Davre at a World Cup meet and they started a long-distance romance that culminated in their marriage shortly after the 1992 Winter Olympics. Zuckerman's best senior international placements came at the 1991 World Winter University Games, with a fourth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 3,000. She also competed at the 1989 and 1993 World Championships. Her sister Laura was also a speed skater, but did not make an Olympic team. Zuckerman graduated from the University of Calgary with a zoology major.
     
    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.29 (1990); 1000 – 1:26.20 (1992); 1500 – 2:08.43 (1994); 3000 – 4:29.22 (1989); 5000 – 8:07.55 (1993).
  • Karen Cashman (-Lehmann)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: December 15, 1971 (Age 40) in Plymouth, MA 

    Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


    Karen Cashman started skating at the Commonwealth Figure Skating Club of Randolph, Massachusetts, twice winning the New England Junior title in figure skating. She also ran varsity track at North Quincy High School before attending Northern Michigan University. In addition to her Olympic medal, Cashman won two bronze medals at the 1993 and 1995 World Winter University Games in the short-track relay. Her former club now awards the Karen Cashman Award to the best young skater at the club, and Karen Cashman-Lehman serves as a skating coach at the club, in addition to her work as a French teacher.

  • John K. Coyle

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: August 18, 1968 (Age 43) in West Bloomfield Township, MI
    Affiliations: Wolverine Sports Club, Royal Oak, MI
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    John Coyle competed in both cycling and speed skating for the Wolverine Sports Club in Royal Oak, Michigan. Other than his Olympic performance, his best international short-track finish was a bronze medal at the 1993 World Winter University Games in the relay. He was also a nationally competitive cyclist, winning the US Junior Cycling Championships in 1987, and placing fifth that year at the World Junior Championships. He was on the US National Cycling team, the 7-11 Cycling team, and has won the Michigan Road Championships six times. Coyle graduated from Stanford with a degree in mechanical engineering. He writes about cycling and speed skating on his blog.

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  • Randall Earl "Randy" Bartz

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: October 7, 1968 (Age 43) in Roseville, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul (USA) 

    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Randy Bartz competed at the 1991 and 1993 World Winter University Games, winning a silver medal in the relay in 1991 and a bronze in the relay in 1993. He later graduated from the University of Minnesota, and worked initially as a management consultant before starting his own business. In 1998 he served as a color analyst for short-track events in Nagano for NBC Television.

  • Michelle Lynn Kline

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: November 8, 1968 in Golden Valley, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    On a trip from Chicago to Milwaukee for a meet in 1991, Michelle Kline's dreams were almost derailed when the Jeep they were riding in went out of control. Kline was severely injured, sustaining damage to her ribs, spleen, kidneys, and lungs, but she would recover to skate for the US at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. Kline skated the World Cup circuit from 1986-94, with a best finish of fifth in a 3K in 1991 at Butte, Montana. She competed at the World Championships from 1989-92 and the World Sprint Championships in 1994. Kline now lives near the Twin Cities, and runs Wildside Caterers, the company that provides catering services to the Minnesota Wild NHL team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.21 (1994); 1000 – 1:22.44 (1994); 1500 – 2:08.02 (1994); 3000 – 4:33.48 (1991); 5000 – 8:01.33 (1993).

     
  • Christine Diane "Chris" Witty

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 23, 1975 in West Allis, WI 

    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis 
    Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Chris Witty has competed at the top levels in both cycling and speed skating. Internationally she competed at the World Junior Championships in speed skating from 1991-94, with little success, placing sixth overall in 1994. Primarily a sprinter, she competed at the World Sprint Championships for the first time in 1994, and in 1996 broke thru to win the World title. In 1998 she won the 1,000 metre gold medal at the World Single Distance Championship. Her 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 1,000, however, in world record time, was a shock as she had had to cut back on her training. This was her fourth world record in the 1,000, in addition to two junior world records she had set, one in the 1,000, and one in the sprint. In 2000 Witty qualified for the Olympic team in cycling, where she placed fifth in the 500 metre time trial. She was chosen by her teammates to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony in Torino in 2006. Shortly before those Olympics, Witty revealed that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor for several years, beginning as a young child, keeping the secret for years, and the trauma of revealing this had affected her training prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.36 (2002); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.71 (2002); 3000 – 4:22.57 (1998); 5000 – 7:38.20 (1998); Allround Samalog – 168.851 (1998); Sprint Combination – 152.905 (1999).

  • Christine "Chris" Scheels

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 7, 1977 (Age 35) in West Allis, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis (USA)


    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.18 (1996); 1000 – 1:23.67 (1996); 1500 – 2:07.98 (1996); 3000 – 4:27.87 (1996); 5000 – 7:50.71 (1994).

  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 15, 1970 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Evanston

     

    Nate Mills came from a highly athletic family, most notable for his sister, Phoebe Mills, who won a bronze medal in gymnastics on the balance beam at the 1988 Olympics, and later competed in the Olympic Trials in diving. Nate appeared in three Olympic Winter Games for the US and had a long career on the World Cup circuit, starting in 1988 and lasting through 1998. He began his international career with three appearances at the World Junior Championships, 1987-89, with a best overall finish of 10th in 1989, when he placed fifth in 500. He competed at the 1991 World Winter Universiade where he won a bronze in the 1,000 m. Mills also competed at the 1989 and 1991 World Championships, placing second in the 500 in 1991, and at two World Sprint Championships, in 1994 and 1998. Mills later became a teacher in the DC area, where has founded DC ICE (Inner City Excellence), which attempts to get inner city youth involved in skating programs, notably at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.98 (1998); 1000 – 1:11.18 (1998); 1500 – 1:50.07 (1998); 5000 – 6:56.45 (1991); 10000 – 14:40.46 (1991).

     
  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 29, 1971 in Maplewood, Minnesota
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs / Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze 

    Amy Peterson competed in five Winter Olympics Games, including 1988 when short-track was only a demonstration sport, winning three medals, and was honored by carrying the US flag at the 2002 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Peterson won the 1,000 and 1,500 at the US Olympic Festival, placing third in the 500. After the 1994 Winter Olympics she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which affected her training, but she still made the 1998 US team. She recovered nicely, winning all four distances at the 2000 US Short-Track Championships, and in 2001 she won her eighth overall US Championship. Peterson retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics, graduating from St. Paul’s Concordia University, and began coaching. She made a brief comeback in 2004-05, but failed to make the 2006 US Winter Olympic Team. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in long-track speed skating for the United States at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

     

  • Chantal L. Bailey (Dunn-, -Cermak)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 28, 1965 in Harbor City, Los Angeles, CA
    Affiliations: Montana Skating Club


    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.02 (1998); 1000 – 1:20.90 (1998); 1500 – 2:06.19 (1998); 3000 – 4:30.84 (1993); 5000 – 7:49.74 (1993).

  • Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1970 in Schuylerville, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs

     

    Kristen Talbot competed internationally in speed skating from 1986 to 1994. She appeared in three Winter Olympics and at the 1989 and 1990 World Junior Championships, as well as skating parts of the World Cup circuit for several years. Talbot was second in the 500 at the 1990 World Juniors and finished 10th overall at that meet, her best international finishes. She studied physical therapy at Skidmore College and Montana Tech. Talbot is best known for her altruism only one month prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Her brother, Jason, was quite sick with aplastic anemia, and Talbot donated her bone marrow to him in January 1994, in an attempt to reverse the course of the often fatal disease. The bone marrow transplant would lower her own hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, definitely affecting her ability to skate, but she did it with no worries.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:23.02 (1993); 1500 – 2:14.09 (1990); 3000 – 4:54.87 (1990).

     
  • David "Dave" Tamburrino

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 19, 1972 in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs (USA)

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.12 (1998); 1000 – 1:13.06 (1998); 1500 – 1:52.06 (1997); 5000 – 6:41.19 (1998); 10000 – 14:12.00 (1998).

  • Peggy Ann Clasen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 7, 1969 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    Peggy Clasen was primarily a sprinter, competing at four consecutive World Sprint Championships from 1990-93. Her best distance finish was an eighth place in one 500 in 1993. Clasen skated the World Cup circuit from 1987-94. She never made a podium but placed seventh at one 500 in 1992, and in 1993, had a fifth and seventh place finish at 1,000 m. She later married and settled in the Twin Cities area.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:21.98 (1993); 1500 – 2:15.59 (1989); 3000 – 6:24.19 (1986).

     
  • Brendan Eppert

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 10, 1970 (Age 42) in St. Louis, MO 

    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis (USA)


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.84 (1995); 1000 – 1:13.33 (1998); 1500 – 1:57.04 (1994); 5000 – 7:34.69 (1990).

  • Brian Neal Wanek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 25, 1967 (Age 45) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: Mequon 

     

    Brian Wanek competed at the World Championships in 1988, 1991, and 1993-94, in addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances. Wanek was on the World Cup circuit in 1987-88, and 1990-94. His best international placements came at the 1985 World Junior Championship, when he was seventh in all-around, and fourth in the 3,000 m. Wanek graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1990 with an honors degree in computer science, and worked as a computer programmer during much of his speedskating career. But he later returned to school at the University of Chicago Law School, earning his law degree. He then became a partner with Foley & Lardner, practicing in their Tampa office and specializing in real estate law, especially in the energy industry. Wanek's brother Brad was also a speedskater, but was a West Point grad and later became an Army helicopter pilot.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.65 (1992); 1000 – 1:15.44 (1992); 1500 – 1:55.15 (1992); 5000 – 6:58.60 (1992); 10000 – 14:51.34 (1992).

     
  • KC Boutiette

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1970 in Lakewood, WA


    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.09 (2004); 1000 – 1:09.90 (2004); 1500 – 1:46.78 (2003); 5000 – 6:22.97 (2002); 10000 – 13:21.06 (2004).

  • Eric Joseph Flaim

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 9, 1967 in Pembroke, MA
    Affiliations: Skating Club of Boston, Boston
    Medals: 2 Silver 

     

    Starting out as a short track skater, Flaim switched to long track for his international career. In his second senior season, he surprised at the World Sprint Championships by winning the second 1000 m and taking the overall bronze. At the Olympics, starting the week later, Flaim broke the World Record in the 1500 m, only to see André Hoffmann go even faster two pairs later. He closed out the season by unexpectedly winning the World Allround Championships, although the event at the highland rink of Medeo was influenced by weather changes. In the next years, Flaim had a hard time reaching his 1988 level, especially when suffered a knee injury in 1990. After the Albertville Olympics, he switched back to his short track speed skating, which had now also gained Olympic medal status. Just two years later, he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time as part of the American short track relay team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.98 (1988); 1000 – 1:13.53 (1988); 1500 – 1:52.12 (1988); 5000 – 6:47.09 (1988); 10000 – 14:05.57 (1988).

     
  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 11, 1969 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

    Dave Cruikshank competed for the US at four Winter Olympics. He also attended the 2002 US Olympic Trials but failed to make the team. Cruikshank’s first international appearance was at the 1987 World Junior Championships, where he won the 500, which would remain his only international podium appearance during a long career, primarily as a sprinter. He later competed at the World Sprint Championships in 1989, 1992-93, and 1995; the World Winter University Games in 1991; and the World Single Distance Championships in 1997 and 1998. Cruikshank also skated the World Cup circuit from 1987 through 1999. Cruikshank is a graduate of Carroll College with a degree in business management. He later started DC Hybrid Skating, a skating coaching group and personally he has served as a skating coach to several NHL and minor league hockey teams, as well as D1 college programs. Cruikshank has become quite entrepreneurial, also involved with Under Armour TNP Performance Training Council, an online educational resource that focuses on inproving athletic performance; Shwalla and Blue Speed, a performance apparel line; and DASC, a company which makes high-performance ice hockey skates. Cruikshank is the husband of speed skating sprint superstar Bonnie Blair. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.01 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.63 (2000); 1500 – 1:56.84 (1989); 5000 – 7:50.46 (1987).

     
  • Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 17, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
    Medals:1 Gold

    Dan Jansen is considered among the greatest sprint speed skaters ever. He won numerous times on the World Cup circuit and at World Championships, and his only failing was a relative lack of success at the Olympic Games. But in some ways his Olympic performances were his greatest success, revealing his character. Jansen competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics before his prime, but in 1988 he won the World Sprint Championships one week before the Olympics and was favored in both the 500 and 1,000 metre races. The day of the 500 metres, he was informed that his sister, Jane, who was sick with leukemia, was close to death. Only a few hours before the start of the race, he found that she had died. Jansen started, but fell as he entered the first turn. A few days later, he skated the 1,000 metres and fell again. But he reacted with a grace and magnanimity so rarely seen in athletes after crushing defeats.

    At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again favored and again struggled, placing fourth in the 500 and 26th in the 1,000. He had no excuses and he offered none. Coming to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again a favorite, at least in the 500, but in that race he started on the outer, and on the final turn, his speed was so great that he slightly lost control and put his hand down to steady himself, losing a few tenths of a second, and placing only eighth in the race. His last chance for a gold medal seemed lost, until a few days later, when he resurrected his Olympic record by winning a gold medal in the 1,000 in world record time. In his victory lap, he carried his young daughter around the rink with him – her name was Jane.

    During his career, Dan Jansen won 46 World Cup races (second all-time), and seven overall World Cups, as well as two World Sprint Championships (1988 and 1994). He also set eight senior world records, five in the 500, two in the sprint combination, and one 1,000 record at the Lillehammer Olympics. After retiring Jansen worked as a motivational speaker, and as a sales rep for an orthopaedic equipment company.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.76 (1994); 1000 – 1:12.43 (1994); 1500 – 1:55.62 (1993); 3000 – 4:25.63 (1983); 5000 – 7:50.22 (1982); Sprint Combination – 144.815 (1994).

  • Cathy Ann Turner

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: April 10, 1962 in Rochester, NY
    Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze 

     

    Cathy Turner began her speed skating career in the 1970s, winning the 1979 U.S. short-track title. But she retired in 1980 to pursue a singing and songwriting career. She was a bar singer in Las Vegas, under the name Nikki Newland. Inspired by the 1988 short-track demonstration events at Calgary, and trying to overcome clinical depression, when short-track speed skating became an Olympic sport in 1992, she came out of retirement and won the only individual event on the program, the 500 metres. She defended that title in 1994 at Lillehammer, and added relay medals (silver in 1992 and bronze in 1994) to give her four short-track medals in all. She was one of the few speed skaters to appear in Ice Capades, which she did in 1992, skating and singing. She also appeared on television as one of the American Gladiators.

     
  • Darcie Dohnal (-Sharapova)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: June 28, 1972 

     

    Darcie Dohnal began skating at age 10 in her hometown of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, when her father was asked to donate money to help keep open a speed skating oval in the town. He enlisted his five children to skate at the rink, and Dohnal improved to eventually make the US team. In addition to her Olympic medal, Dohnal won a bronze medal at the 1993 World Winter University Games in the short-track relay. Dohnal’s career was rather short, as she concentrated on a medical career. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in biology, she finished medical school at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Medical School in Canada, where she also completed a residency in family practice. Dr. Sharapova practices medicine in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

     
  • Angela Zuckerman (-Davre)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 24, 1965 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
     
     
    Angela Zuckerman first skated internationally at the 1982 World Junior Championship, where she placed seventh in all-around, and third at the 1,500 metre distance. She was 10th at the 1983 meet in all-around. Zuckerman skated the World Cup circuit from 1986-93. In 1987 she met French speed skater Jérôme Davre at a World Cup meet and they started a long-distance romance that culminated in their marriage shortly after the 1992 Winter Olympics. Zuckerman's best senior international placements came at the 1991 World Winter University Games, with a fourth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 3,000. She also competed at the 1989 and 1993 World Championships. Her sister Laura was also a speed skater, but did not make an Olympic team. Zuckerman graduated from the University of Calgary with a zoology major.
     
    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.29 (1990); 1000 – 1:26.20 (1992); 1500 – 2:08.43 (1994); 3000 – 4:29.22 (1989); 5000 – 8:07.55 (1993).
  • Michelle Lynn Kline

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: November 8, 1968 in Golden Valley, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    On a trip from Chicago to Milwaukee for a meet in 1991, Michelle Kline's dreams were almost derailed when the Jeep they were riding in went out of control. Kline was severely injured, sustaining damage to her ribs, spleen, kidneys, and lungs, but she would recover to skate for the US at the 1992 Albertville Olympics. Kline skated the World Cup circuit from 1986-94, with a best finish of fifth in a 3K in 1991 at Butte, Montana. She competed at the World Championships from 1989-92 and the World Sprint Championships in 1994. Kline now lives near the Twin Cities, and runs Wildside Caterers, the company that provides catering services to the Minnesota Wild NHL team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.21 (1994); 1000 – 1:22.44 (1994); 1500 – 2:08.02 (1994); 3000 – 4:33.48 (1991); 5000 – 8:01.33 (1993).

     
  • Christopher P. "Chris" Shelley

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 22, 1963 in Boston, MA
    Affiliations: Waltham

     

    Chris Shelley skated the World Cup circuit from 1987-92. In addition to his 1992 Winter Olympic appearance, he competed at the 1989 World Championship and the 1991 World Winter University Games, where he placed seventh in the 1,500. Shelley later settled in Calgary, Canada, where he is a speedskating coach. He attended Waltham High School in Massachusetts and Bentley College.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.54 (1993); 1000 – 1:14.85 (1993); 1500 – 1:55.70 (1993); 5000 – 7:01.89 (1991); 10000 – 14:58.60 (1993).

     
  • Nathaniel L. "Nate" Mills

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 15, 1970 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Evanston

     

    Nate Mills came from a highly athletic family, most notable for his sister, Phoebe Mills, who won a bronze medal in gymnastics on the balance beam at the 1988 Olympics, and later competed in the Olympic Trials in diving. Nate appeared in three Olympic Winter Games for the US and had a long career on the World Cup circuit, starting in 1988 and lasting through 1998. He began his international career with three appearances at the World Junior Championships, 1987-89, with a best overall finish of 10th in 1989, when he placed fifth in 500. He competed at the 1991 World Winter Universiade where he won a bronze in the 1,000 m. Mills also competed at the 1989 and 1991 World Championships, placing second in the 500 in 1991, and at two World Sprint Championships, in 1994 and 1998. Mills later became a teacher in the DC area, where has founded DC ICE (Inner City Excellence), which attempts to get inner city youth involved in skating programs, notably at the Fort Dupont Ice Arena.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.98 (1998); 1000 – 1:11.18 (1998); 1500 – 1:50.07 (1998); 5000 – 6:56.45 (1991); 10000 – 14:40.46 (1991).

     
  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 29, 1971 in Maplewood, Minnesota
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs / Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze 

    Amy Peterson competed in five Winter Olympics Games, including 1988 when short-track was only a demonstration sport, winning three medals, and was honored by carrying the US flag at the 2002 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Peterson won the 1,000 and 1,500 at the US Olympic Festival, placing third in the 500. After the 1994 Winter Olympics she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which affected her training, but she still made the 1998 US team. She recovered nicely, winning all four distances at the 2000 US Short-Track Championships, and in 2001 she won her eighth overall US Championship. Peterson retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics, graduating from St. Paul’s Concordia University, and began coaching. She made a brief comeback in 2004-05, but failed to make the 2006 US Winter Olympic Team. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in long-track speed skating for the United States at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

     

  • Moira D'Andrea (-Marshall)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 4, 1968 in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs

    Moira D'Andrea had a very long international career, skating the World Cup circuit from 1986 through 1998, although she skipped a few years. She competed at seven World Championships (1985, 1990-91, 1994-97) with two distance podiums, both in the 500 in 1995 and 1996. D'Andrea also skated at the World Junior Championships in 1986, the World Sprint Championships in 1986, 1990, and 1996-99, and the World Single Distance Championships of 1996-98. She won seven in World Cup B sprint races, six in the 1,000 from 1996-98 and one in the 500 in 1998. D'Andrea later became a speed skating coach for the Canadian national team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.12 (1998); 1000 – 1:17.78 (1998); 1500 – 2:01.95 (1998); 3000 – 4:23.89 (1995); 5000 – 7:40.26 (1995).

     
  • Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1970 in Schuylerville, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs

     

    Kristen Talbot competed internationally in speed skating from 1986 to 1994. She appeared in three Winter Olympics and at the 1989 and 1990 World Junior Championships, as well as skating parts of the World Cup circuit for several years. Talbot was second in the 500 at the 1990 World Juniors and finished 10th overall at that meet, her best international finishes. She studied physical therapy at Skidmore College and Montana Tech. Talbot is best known for her altruism only one month prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Her brother, Jason, was quite sick with aplastic anemia, and Talbot donated her bone marrow to him in January 1994, in an attempt to reverse the course of the often fatal disease. The bone marrow transplant would lower her own hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, definitely affecting her ability to skate, but she did it with no worries.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:23.02 (1993); 1500 – 2:14.09 (1990); 3000 – 4:54.87 (1990).

     
  • Peggy Ann Clasen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 7, 1969 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    Peggy Clasen was primarily a sprinter, competing at four consecutive World Sprint Championships from 1990-93. Her best distance finish was an eighth place in one 500 in 1993. Clasen skated the World Cup circuit from 1987-94. She never made a podium but placed seventh at one 500 in 1992, and in 1993, had a fifth and seventh place finish at 1,000 m. She later married and settled in the Twin Cities area.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:21.98 (1993); 1500 – 2:15.59 (1989); 3000 – 6:24.19 (1986).

     
  • Brian Neal Wanek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 25, 1967 (Age 45) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: Mequon 

     

    Brian Wanek competed at the World Championships in 1988, 1991, and 1993-94, in addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances. Wanek was on the World Cup circuit in 1987-88, and 1990-94. His best international placements came at the 1985 World Junior Championship, when he was seventh in all-around, and fourth in the 3,000 m. Wanek graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1990 with an honors degree in computer science, and worked as a computer programmer during much of his speedskating career. But he later returned to school at the University of Chicago Law School, earning his law degree. He then became a partner with Foley & Lardner, practicing in their Tampa office and specializing in real estate law, especially in the energy industry. Wanek's brother Brad was also a speedskater, but was a West Point grad and later became an Army helicopter pilot.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.65 (1992); 1000 – 1:15.44 (1992); 1500 – 1:55.15 (1992); 5000 – 6:58.60 (1992); 10000 – 14:51.34 (1992).

     
  • Jeffrey Ross "Jeff" Klaiber

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 15, 1962 in Glen Cove, NY
    Affiliations: Evanston 

     

    Jeff Klaiber skated on the World Cup circuit from 1985 through 1989 and also appeared at the 1985 and 1989 World Championships. He focused on the 1,500 and 5,000 m, with his best international finish a 10th at a 5K in Innsbruck in January 1988. Klaiber graduated from Marquette University and later earned a masters in clinical psychology from the University of Calgary. From 1994-2005 he worked as a clinical psychologist for the Milwaukee Public School System. But he later turned to business where he has used his skills as a market analyst doing research on various brands for DJ at Saga Communications, SC Johnson Wax, Bader Rutter & Associates, and C&R Creative & Response Research.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.78 (1989); 1000 – 1:17.92 (1989); 1500 – 1:56.30 (1989); 5000 – 6:58.06 (1989); 10000 – 14:38.60 (1988).

     
  • Mark William Greenwald

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 1, 1968 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Park Ridge 

     

    Mark Greenwald skated on the World Cup circuit for the US from 1987 through 1992. He competed at the World Junior Championships in 1986 and 1987, the 1988 World Championships, and the 1991 World Winter University Games, in addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances. His best international finishes were a fifth in the 5,000 at the 1988 World Championship, and eighth in all-around at the 1987 World Juniors. Greenwald also raced on in-line skates, skating with Team Speed Specific and Pro Team K2 through 1994. In 1991 he was part of the US Champion team pursuit squad on in-line skates. He earned a degree in international business from Indiana University but later studied kinesiology at the University of Calgary and became a professor there in that department. He has also worked as Program Manager, Director of Sport, and Director of the Calgary Olympic Oval.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.75 (1988); 1000 – 1:18.46 (1989); 1500 – 1:54.64 (1988); 5000 – 6:51.98 (1988); 10000 – 14:38.75 (1990).

     
  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 11, 1969 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

    Dave Cruikshank competed for the US at four Winter Olympics. He also attended the 2002 US Olympic Trials but failed to make the team. Cruikshank’s first international appearance was at the 1987 World Junior Championships, where he won the 500, which would remain his only international podium appearance during a long career, primarily as a sprinter. He later competed at the World Sprint Championships in 1989, 1992-93, and 1995; the World Winter University Games in 1991; and the World Single Distance Championships in 1997 and 1998. Cruikshank also skated the World Cup circuit from 1987 through 1999. Cruikshank is a graduate of Carroll College with a degree in business management. He later started DC Hybrid Skating, a skating coaching group and personally he has served as a skating coach to several NHL and minor league hockey teams, as well as D1 college programs. Cruikshank has become quite entrepreneurial, also involved with Under Armour TNP Performance Training Council, an online educational resource that focuses on inproving athletic performance; Shwalla and Blue Speed, a performance apparel line; and DASC, a company which makes high-performance ice hockey skates. Cruikshank is the husband of speed skating sprint superstar Bonnie Blair. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.01 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.63 (2000); 1500 – 1:56.84 (1989); 5000 – 7:50.46 (1987).

     
  • Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 18, 1964 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
    Affiliations: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    Related Olympians: Wife of Dave Cruikshank.
    Medals: 5 Gold, 1 Bronze

    American Bonnie Blair is the only woman to have won an Olympic speed skating event at three successive Games with victories in the 500 metres in 1988, 1992 and 1994. She also won the 1,000 metres in 1992 and 1994 after taking the bronze in 1988, and her total of five speed skating gold medals has only been bettered by the Russian Lidiya Skoblikova. Blair actually started out as a short-track skater, before turning her efforts to the 400 metre Olympic oval. She won four World Championships, those being the World Short-Track Championships in 1986, and the World Sprints in 1989, 1994, and 1995. Blair set four world records in the 500 metres, the last of which was four weeks after the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, in which she became the first woman to break 39 seconds for the 500.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.69 (1995); 1000 – 1:18.05 (1995); 1500 – 2:03.44 (1994); 3000 – 4:47.60 (1986); 5000 – 8:58.29 (1985).

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1963 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Wayzata Minnesota

     

    Nick Thometz may be the greatest ever American sprint speed skater not to have medaled at the Winter Olympics. He competed internationally for the US from 1981-92. During his career he won nine World Cup 1,000s and two 500s. Thometz won the overall 500 and 1,000 in the 1986-87 World Cup, and placed second at the 1987 World Sprints. He set one official world record, recording 36.55 for 500 m at Heerenveen in March 1987, but he may be most famous for two marks he set that month that were not accepted as world records by the ISU. At a meet in Medeo, USSR, Thometz bettered both the 500 and 1,000 metre records, posting 36.23 and 1:12.05, but the meet was not registered properly in advance, negating the marks. Thometz later settled in Vancouver, Washington, where he works in real estate development. He is also on the ISU Technical Committee. Born Keith Thometz, but always known as Nick, after his speed skating career ended, he had his name legally changed to Nick.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.23 (1987); 1000 – 1:12.05 (1987); 1500 – 1:53.66 (1987); 5000 – 7:30.50 (1982); 10000 – 16:06.0 (1983).

  • Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 17, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
    Medals:1 Gold

    Dan Jansen is considered among the greatest sprint speed skaters ever. He won numerous times on the World Cup circuit and at World Championships, and his only failing was a relative lack of success at the Olympic Games. But in some ways his Olympic performances were his greatest success, revealing his character. Jansen competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics before his prime, but in 1988 he won the World Sprint Championships one week before the Olympics and was favored in both the 500 and 1,000 metre races. The day of the 500 metres, he was informed that his sister, Jane, who was sick with leukemia, was close to death. Only a few hours before the start of the race, he found that she had died. Jansen started, but fell as he entered the first turn. A few days later, he skated the 1,000 metres and fell again. But he reacted with a grace and magnanimity so rarely seen in athletes after crushing defeats.

    At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again favored and again struggled, placing fourth in the 500 and 26th in the 1,000. He had no excuses and he offered none. Coming to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again a favorite, at least in the 500, but in that race he started on the outer, and on the final turn, his speed was so great that he slightly lost control and put his hand down to steady himself, losing a few tenths of a second, and placing only eighth in the race. His last chance for a gold medal seemed lost, until a few days later, when he resurrected his Olympic record by winning a gold medal in the 1,000 in world record time. In his victory lap, he carried his young daughter around the rink with him – her name was Jane.

    During his career, Dan Jansen won 46 World Cup races (second all-time), and seven overall World Cups, as well as two World Sprint Championships (1988 and 1994). He also set eight senior world records, five in the 500, two in the sprint combination, and one 1,000 record at the Lillehammer Olympics. After retiring Jansen worked as a motivational speaker, and as a sales rep for an orthopaedic equipment company.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.76 (1994); 1000 – 1:12.43 (1994); 1500 – 1:55.62 (1993); 3000 – 4:25.63 (1983); 5000 – 7:50.22 (1982); Sprint Combination – 144.815 (1994).

  • Amy Eileen Peterson

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: November 29, 1971 in Maplewood, Minnesota
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs / Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze 

    Amy Peterson competed in five Winter Olympics Games, including 1988 when short-track was only a demonstration sport, winning three medals, and was honored by carrying the US flag at the 2002 Opening Ceremony. In 1989 Peterson won the 1,000 and 1,500 at the US Olympic Festival, placing third in the 500. After the 1994 Winter Olympics she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, which affected her training, but she still made the 1998 US team. She recovered nicely, winning all four distances at the 2000 US Short-Track Championships, and in 2001 she won her eighth overall US Championship. Peterson retired after the 2002 Winter Olympics, graduating from St. Paul’s Concordia University, and began coaching. She made a brief comeback in 2004-05, but failed to make the 2006 US Winter Olympic Team. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in long-track speed skating for the United States at the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

     

  • Tara Elizabeth Laszlo (-Navarro)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: October 30, 1971 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    Tara Laszlo was mostly a sprinter, who started out in short-track, and competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in the short-track demonstration events. She had only a brief World Cup career, skating for parts of the 1986-87, 1987-88, and 1991-92 seasons. Laszlo started out internationally in long-track at the 1989-91 World Junior Championships, placing fifth all-around in 1990, and third that year in the 3,000. She also competed at the 1989 World Sprint Championships and the 1992 World Championships, in addition to her 1992 Winter Olympic appearance,

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.17 (1989); 1000 – 1:23.44 (1992); 1500 – 2:09.46 (1991); 3000 – 4:39.66 (1992); 5000 – 8:15.00 (1992).

     

     

  • Moira D'Andrea (-Marshall)

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 4, 1968 in Saratoga Springs, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs

    Moira D'Andrea had a very long international career, skating the World Cup circuit from 1986 through 1998, although she skipped a few years. She competed at seven World Championships (1985, 1990-91, 1994-97) with two distance podiums, both in the 500 in 1995 and 1996. D'Andrea also skated at the World Junior Championships in 1986, the World Sprint Championships in 1986, 1990, and 1996-99, and the World Single Distance Championships of 1996-98. She won seven in World Cup B sprint races, six in the 1,000 from 1996-98 and one in the 500 in 1998. D'Andrea later became a speed skating coach for the Canadian national team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.12 (1998); 1000 – 1:17.78 (1998); 1500 – 2:01.95 (1998); 3000 – 4:23.89 (1995); 5000 – 7:40.26 (1995).

     
  • David Robert "Dave" Besteman

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: February 2, 1963 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Milwaukee

     

    Dave Besteman was a pure sprinter. He started out in short-track and competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in the short-track speed skating demonstration competition. Besteman skated at three World Sprint Championships, in 1990-91 and 1993. On the World Cup circuit from 1988-92, he had one podium finish, a third in a 1,000 in Asama, Japan in December 1990. Besteman later became a coach with the West Allis Speedskating Club. In 2003 he was named given the Coach of the Year Award by US Speedskating.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.5 (1991); 1000 – 1:14.12 (1991); 1500 – 1:55.90 (1990); 5000 – 7:19.68 (1989).

  • Kristen Michele Talbot (-Peck)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 24, 1970 in Schuylerville, NY
    Affiliations: Saratoga Winter Club, Saratoga Springs

     

    Kristen Talbot competed internationally in speed skating from 1986 to 1994. She appeared in three Winter Olympics and at the 1989 and 1990 World Junior Championships, as well as skating parts of the World Cup circuit for several years. Talbot was second in the 500 at the 1990 World Juniors and finished 10th overall at that meet, her best international finishes. She studied physical therapy at Skidmore College and Montana Tech. Talbot is best known for her altruism only one month prior to the 1994 Winter Olympics. Her brother, Jason, was quite sick with aplastic anemia, and Talbot donated her bone marrow to him in January 1994, in an attempt to reverse the course of the often fatal disease. The bone marrow transplant would lower her own hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, definitely affecting her ability to skate, but she did it with no worries.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:23.02 (1993); 1500 – 2:14.09 (1990); 3000 – 4:54.87 (1990).

     
  • Kathryn Helen "Katie" Class (-Marquard)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 24, 1963 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    Katie Class skated for the Midway Speedskating Club, and later attended Morehead State University. Class was on the US national team from 1980-88. Primarily a sprinter in her early career, she won one World Cup race, a 1,500 at Lake Placid in January 1987, and she was seventh at the 1987 World Sprints, her best international finish in a major tournament. Class competed at the World Sprints in 1983-84 and 1986-88 and the World Championships in 1986-88. As Katie Marquard she later became the Executive Director of USA Speedskating, a role she held for 16 years. She eventually settled in Westlake, Ohio, where she coached at a local club. Class-Marquard was inducted into the US Speedskating Hall of Fame as a contributor for her service to the sport.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.91 (1988); 1000 – 1:21.10 (1988); 1500 – 2:07.30 (1988); 3000 – 4:36.68 (1987); 5000 – 8:12.62 (1987).

     
  • Peggy Ann Clasen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 7, 1969 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul

     

    Peggy Clasen was primarily a sprinter, competing at four consecutive World Sprint Championships from 1990-93. Her best distance finish was an eighth place in one 500 in 1993. Clasen skated the World Cup circuit from 1987-94. She never made a podium but placed seventh at one 500 in 1992, and in 1993, had a fifth and seventh place finish at 1,000 m. She later married and settled in the Twin Cities area.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.72 (1993); 1000 – 1:21.98 (1993); 1500 – 2:15.59 (1989); 3000 – 6:24.19 (1986).

     
  • Leslie Elisabeth Corbett Bader (-Corbett)

    Long Track Speedskating

     

    Born: November 10, 1963 in Monroe, CT
    Affiliations: Greenfield

     

    Leslie Bader skated on the World Cup circuit from 1985 through 1988. She competed at the World Sprints and the World Championships in both 1987 and 1988. At the 1988 World Championships, Bader placed fourth in 1,500 m and fifth in the 5,000. She made two podiums in World Cup events, placing third at Lake Placid in January 1987 in both the 1,500 and 3,000. Bader later became a speed skating coach with East Penn Speedskating Club in Whitehall, Pennsylvania.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.57 (1988); 1000 – 1:21.09 (1988); 1500 – 2:05.53 (1988); 3000 – 4:27.32 (1989); 5000 – 7:54.1 (1989).

     

     

  • Brian Neal Wanek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 25, 1967 (Age 45) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: Mequon 

     

    Brian Wanek competed at the World Championships in 1988, 1991, and 1993-94, in addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances. Wanek was on the World Cup circuit in 1987-88, and 1990-94. His best international placements came at the 1985 World Junior Championship, when he was seventh in all-around, and fourth in the 3,000 m. Wanek graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in 1990 with an honors degree in computer science, and worked as a computer programmer during much of his speedskating career. But he later returned to school at the University of Chicago Law School, earning his law degree. He then became a partner with Foley & Lardner, practicing in their Tampa office and specializing in real estate law, especially in the energy industry. Wanek's brother Brad was also a speedskater, but was a West Point grad and later became an Army helicopter pilot.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.65 (1992); 1000 – 1:15.44 (1992); 1500 – 1:55.15 (1992); 5000 – 6:58.60 (1992); 10000 – 14:51.34 (1992).

     
  • Martin John "Marty" Pierce

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 16, 1966 in West Allis, WI
    Affiliations: St. Francis 

     

    Marty Pierce was a junior phenom in US speed skating, winning six national titles in age groups. He was the 1978 US short-track midget boys champion, the 1981-82 short-track junior boys champion, the 1983 intermediate men champion in both short- and long-track, and the 1984 long-track intermediate men champion. He competed both in short-track and long-track internationally, and competed for brief parts of two seasons on the World Cup circuit, finishing third and fourth at 500s in Innsbruck in January 1988, and fourth at a 500 in Davos in January 1988. Pierce was almost exclusively a sprinter in long-track.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.19 (1988); 1000 – 1:17.23 (1992); 1500 – 2:06.99 (1984); 5000 – 8:11.35 (1984).

     
  • Jeffrey Ross "Jeff" Klaiber

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 15, 1962 in Glen Cove, NY
    Affiliations: Evanston 

     

    Jeff Klaiber skated on the World Cup circuit from 1985 through 1989 and also appeared at the 1985 and 1989 World Championships. He focused on the 1,500 and 5,000 m, with his best international finish a 10th at a 5K in Innsbruck in January 1988. Klaiber graduated from Marquette University and later earned a masters in clinical psychology from the University of Calgary. From 1994-2005 he worked as a clinical psychologist for the Milwaukee Public School System. But he later turned to business where he has used his skills as a market analyst doing research on various brands for DJ at Saga Communications, SC Johnson Wax, Bader Rutter & Associates, and C&R Creative & Response Research.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.78 (1989); 1000 – 1:17.92 (1989); 1500 – 1:56.30 (1989); 5000 – 6:58.06 (1989); 10000 – 14:38.60 (1988).

     
  • Mark William Greenwald

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 1, 1968 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Park Ridge 

     

    Mark Greenwald skated on the World Cup circuit for the US from 1987 through 1992. He competed at the World Junior Championships in 1986 and 1987, the 1988 World Championships, and the 1991 World Winter University Games, in addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances. His best international finishes were a fifth in the 5,000 at the 1988 World Championship, and eighth in all-around at the 1987 World Juniors. Greenwald also raced on in-line skates, skating with Team Speed Specific and Pro Team K2 through 1994. In 1991 he was part of the US Champion team pursuit squad on in-line skates. He earned a degree in international business from Indiana University but later studied kinesiology at the University of Calgary and became a professor there in that department. He has also worked as Program Manager, Director of Sport, and Director of the Calgary Olympic Oval.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.75 (1988); 1000 – 1:18.46 (1989); 1500 – 1:54.64 (1988); 5000 – 6:51.98 (1988); 10000 – 14:38.75 (1990).

     
  • Eric Joseph Flaim

    Short Track Speedskating

    Born: March 9, 1967 in Pembroke, MA
    Affiliations: Skating Club of Boston, Boston
    Medals: 2 Silver 

     

    Starting out as a short track skater, Flaim switched to long track for his international career. In his second senior season, he surprised at the World Sprint Championships by winning the second 1000 m and taking the overall bronze. At the Olympics, starting the week later, Flaim broke the World Record in the 1500 m, only to see André Hoffmann go even faster two pairs later. He closed out the season by unexpectedly winning the World Allround Championships, although the event at the highland rink of Medeo was influenced by weather changes. In the next years, Flaim had a hard time reaching his 1988 level, especially when suffered a knee injury in 1990. After the Albertville Olympics, he switched back to his short track speed skating, which had now also gained Olympic medal status. Just two years later, he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time as part of the American short track relay team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.98 (1988); 1000 – 1:13.53 (1988); 1500 – 1:52.12 (1988); 5000 – 6:47.09 (1988); 10000 – 14:05.57 (1988).

     
  • Thomas Preston "Tom" Cushman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 28, 1964 in Saint Paul, MN 

    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul (USA)

     

    Primarily a sprinter, Tom Cushman had only a brief international career, skating only one full World Cup season, 1987-88. That year, at a World Cup in Butte, Montana (USA) in November 1987, Cushman placed third at both 500 and 1,000 m. He later placed fourth and second in the two 500s at the March 1988 World Cup Final in Inzell, West Germany. Cushman later went into coaching and was the US national speed skating coach in both 2002 and 2006. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, where he studied international relations and journalism. He later lived near the Twin Cities, where he coaches skaters and runs an art gallery.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.66 (1988); 1000 – 1:14.68 (1988); 1500 – 1:56.85 (1988); 5000 – 7:48.14 (1985).

  • David Wright "Dave" Cruikshank

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 11, 1969 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

    Dave Cruikshank competed for the US at four Winter Olympics. He also attended the 2002 US Olympic Trials but failed to make the team. Cruikshank’s first international appearance was at the 1987 World Junior Championships, where he won the 500, which would remain his only international podium appearance during a long career, primarily as a sprinter. He later competed at the World Sprint Championships in 1989, 1992-93, and 1995; the World Winter University Games in 1991; and the World Single Distance Championships in 1997 and 1998. Cruikshank also skated the World Cup circuit from 1987 through 1999. Cruikshank is a graduate of Carroll College with a degree in business management. He later started DC Hybrid Skating, a skating coaching group and personally he has served as a skating coach to several NHL and minor league hockey teams, as well as D1 college programs. Cruikshank has become quite entrepreneurial, also involved with Under Armour TNP Performance Training Council, an online educational resource that focuses on inproving athletic performance; Shwalla and Blue Speed, a performance apparel line; and DASC, a company which makes high-performance ice hockey skates. Cruikshank is the husband of speed skating sprint superstar Bonnie Blair. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.01 (2002); 1000 – 1:12.63 (2000); 1500 – 1:56.84 (1989); 5000 – 7:50.46 (1987).

     
  • John Glenn Baskfield

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 29, 1965 in Saint Paul, MN

    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul 

    John Baskfield made his international début at the 1983 World Junior Championships, where he placed seventh in the 500, ninth in the 1,500 m, and 13th all-around. He skated one World Cup season, 1987-88, with three top 10 finishes. Baskfield was an all-around athlete in high school, playing soccer, baseball, and track. He attended the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and later had a career in law enforcement, working as a federal probation officer.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.56 (1988); 1000 – 1:16.70 (1988); 1500 – 1:55.88 (1988); 5000 – 7:41.30 (1986).

     
  • Janet Elizabeth "Jane" Goldman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1964 in Skokie, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Jane Goldman skated on the US team from 1983-88, competing in the World Championships in 1984-85 and 1988. She had one near podium finish in a World Cup race, placing fourth at Lake Placid in a 3,000 in January 1987. Goldman attended MIT, and later went to medical school at the University of California at San Francisco, graduating in 1993 with an MD degree. She did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Milwaukee, and settled in Wisconsin, practicing with Meadowview Obstetrics & Gynecology in Mequon, Wisconsin.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.5 (1985); 1000 – 1:26.87 (1984); 1500 – 2:08.72 (1988); 3000 – 4:25.26 (1988); 5000 – 7:36.98 (1988).

  • Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 18, 1964 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
    Affiliations: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    Related Olympians: Wife of Dave Cruikshank.
    Medals: 5 Gold, 1 Bronze

    American Bonnie Blair is the only woman to have won an Olympic speed skating event at three successive Games with victories in the 500 metres in 1988, 1992 and 1994. She also won the 1,000 metres in 1992 and 1994 after taking the bronze in 1988, and her total of five speed skating gold medals has only been bettered by the Russian Lidiya Skoblikova. Blair actually started out as a short-track skater, before turning her efforts to the 400 metre Olympic oval. She won four World Championships, those being the World Short-Track Championships in 1986, and the World Sprints in 1989, 1994, and 1995. Blair set four world records in the 500 metres, the last of which was four weeks after the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, in which she became the first woman to break 39 seconds for the 500.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.69 (1995); 1000 – 1:18.05 (1995); 1500 – 2:03.44 (1994); 3000 – 4:47.60 (1986); 5000 – 8:58.29 (1985).

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1963 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Wayzata Minnesota

     

    Nick Thometz may be the greatest ever American sprint speed skater not to have medaled at the Winter Olympics. He competed internationally for the US from 1981-92. During his career he won nine World Cup 1,000s and two 500s. Thometz won the overall 500 and 1,000 in the 1986-87 World Cup, and placed second at the 1987 World Sprints. He set one official world record, recording 36.55 for 500 m at Heerenveen in March 1987, but he may be most famous for two marks he set that month that were not accepted as world records by the ISU. At a meet in Medeo, USSR, Thometz bettered both the 500 and 1,000 metre records, posting 36.23 and 1:12.05, but the meet was not registered properly in advance, negating the marks. Thometz later settled in Vancouver, Washington, where he works in real estate development. He is also on the ISU Technical Committee. Born Keith Thometz, but always known as Nick, after his speed skating career ended, he had his name legally changed to Nick.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.23 (1987); 1000 – 1:12.05 (1987); 1500 – 1:53.66 (1987); 5000 – 7:30.50 (1982); 10000 – 16:06.0 (1983).

  • David William "Dave" Silk

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 18, 1965 in Butte, MT
    Affiliations: Butte


    Dave Silk skated the World Cup circuit from 1985 through 1988. He competed at the 1983 World Junior Championships and the World Championships from 1985-88 and 1990. At the 1988 World Championships, Silk won the 1,500 metres, and won the 1986 World Cup Final at 5,000 metres. During his career he had six podium finishes in World Cup races. Silk also competed in cycling, winning the Pintlar Classic in Montana in 1981, and the Citizen's Class Cycling Race at the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Montana in 1981. Silk was known for a time as Bonnie Blair's boyfriend, though they never married. When his sports career ended, Silk studied medicine at the University of Washington Medical School, then did a residency in ER medicine at Michigan State University. He has become an emergency room physician in Helena, Montana.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.96 (1988); 1000 – 1:16.97 (1986); 1500 – 1:53.66 (1988); 5000 – 6:49.95 (1988); 10000 – 14:25.56 (1988).
     

  • Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 17, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
    Medals:1 Gold

    Dan Jansen is considered among the greatest sprint speed skaters ever. He won numerous times on the World Cup circuit and at World Championships, and his only failing was a relative lack of success at the Olympic Games. But in some ways his Olympic performances were his greatest success, revealing his character. Jansen competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics before his prime, but in 1988 he won the World Sprint Championships one week before the Olympics and was favored in both the 500 and 1,000 metre races. The day of the 500 metres, he was informed that his sister, Jane, who was sick with leukemia, was close to death. Only a few hours before the start of the race, he found that she had died. Jansen started, but fell as he entered the first turn. A few days later, he skated the 1,000 metres and fell again. But he reacted with a grace and magnanimity so rarely seen in athletes after crushing defeats.

    At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again favored and again struggled, placing fourth in the 500 and 26th in the 1,000. He had no excuses and he offered none. Coming to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again a favorite, at least in the 500, but in that race he started on the outer, and on the final turn, his speed was so great that he slightly lost control and put his hand down to steady himself, losing a few tenths of a second, and placing only eighth in the race. His last chance for a gold medal seemed lost, until a few days later, when he resurrected his Olympic record by winning a gold medal in the 1,000 in world record time. In his victory lap, he carried his young daughter around the rink with him – her name was Jane.

    During his career, Dan Jansen won 46 World Cup races (second all-time), and seven overall World Cups, as well as two World Sprint Championships (1988 and 1994). He also set eight senior world records, five in the 500, two in the sprint combination, and one 1,000 record at the Lillehammer Olympics. After retiring Jansen worked as a motivational speaker, and as a sales rep for an orthopaedic equipment company.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.76 (1994); 1000 – 1:12.43 (1994); 1500 – 1:55.62 (1993); 3000 – 4:25.63 (1983); 5000 – 7:50.22 (1982); Sprint Combination – 144.815 (1994).

  • Erik Christian Henriksen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 8, 1958 (Age 54) in Champaign, IL


    Erik Henriksen was from Milwaukee. He competed internationally for the US from 1979-88, although he did come out of retirement to skate one World Cup event in Milwaukee in January 1994. A pure sprinter, Henriksen competed at the World Sprint Championship every year from 1981-88. He was at his best in the 1,000, and although he never won a major international race, he had 10 podium finishes in the 1,000 and three in the 500. Henriksen attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, studying pre-law, but he never practiced law, instead becoming a writer.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.40 (1987); 1000 – 1:14.53 (1987); 1500 – 1:56.21 (1987); 5000 – 7:51.43 (1983).

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 20, 1956 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Wheaton


    A good athlete in several sports, Nancy Swider-Peltz ran track in high school and then swam in college at Wheaton. Swider-Peltz had a long career in speed skating, competing at three Winter Olympics and in international meets for many years. Her best international tournament was the 1976 World Sprints, where she finished fifth. She also competed at the World Championships in 1976-78, 1980, and 1983-84. On 13 March 1976, Swider-Peltz set a world record of 4:40.85 for 3,000 metres at Inzell, West Germany. She is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr., has competed internationally in speed skating since 2001 and has made the 2010 Winter Olympic team for the United States.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.39 (2002); 1000 – 1:23.32 (2002); 1500 – 2:08.67 (1998); 3000 – 4:31.99 (1988); 5000 – 7:48.60 (2002).

  • Lydia Rose Stephans (-Murphy)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 19, 1960 (Age 51) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

    Lydia Stephans had only a short international speed skating career, lasting two years, 1983-84, with her best international finish her 13th at the 1984 Winter Olympics in the 1,000 m. But her career outside of skating has been impressive. In 1986 Stephans accepted a position with ABC Sports in the Olympic Division, and eventually became the first female vice-president at ABC Sports, responsible for their flagship program, Wide World of Sports. She was also in charge of their NASCAR, tennis and golf events. In 1999 she moved to the Oxygen Network as their President and Executive Producer, helping that new network become established. After three years in that position, Stephans went to the MSG Network, where Executive Vice-President in charge of programming and production. But in 2006, she left MSG to form her own new venture, Peace Tree Media. Stephans, later Murphy-Stephans, was a graduate of National-Louis University, with a degree in journalism in 1982, and she earned a masters in broadcast journalism from Northwestern in 1985. She has received 19 Emmy Awards and led MSG Network to receive 31 Emmy Awards and 15 ProMax Awards during her tenure at that network.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.79 (1984); 1000 – 1:24.14 (1983); 1500 – 2:13.59 (1983); 3000 – 4:42.91 (1983); 5000 – 8:20.29 (1983)

  • Janet Elizabeth "Jane" Goldman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1964 in Skokie, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Jane Goldman skated on the US team from 1983-88, competing in the World Championships in 1984-85 and 1988. She had one near podium finish in a World Cup race, placing fourth at Lake Placid in a 3,000 in January 1987. Goldman attended MIT, and later went to medical school at the University of California at San Francisco, graduating in 1993 with an MD degree. She did her residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Milwaukee, and settled in Wisconsin, practicing with Meadowview Obstetrics & Gynecology in Mequon, Wisconsin.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.5 (1985); 1000 – 1:26.87 (1984); 1500 – 2:08.72 (1988); 3000 – 4:25.26 (1988); 5000 – 7:36.98 (1988).

  • Bonnie Kathleen Blair (-Cruikshank)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 18, 1964 in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY
    Affiliations: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
    Related Olympians: Wife of Dave Cruikshank.
    Medals: 5 Gold, 1 Bronze

    American Bonnie Blair is the only woman to have won an Olympic speed skating event at three successive Games with victories in the 500 metres in 1988, 1992 and 1994. She also won the 1,000 metres in 1992 and 1994 after taking the bronze in 1988, and her total of five speed skating gold medals has only been bettered by the Russian Lidiya Skoblikova. Blair actually started out as a short-track skater, before turning her efforts to the 400 metre Olympic oval. She won four World Championships, those being the World Short-Track Championships in 1986, and the World Sprints in 1989, 1994, and 1995. Blair set four world records in the 500 metres, the last of which was four weeks after the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, in which she became the first woman to break 39 seconds for the 500.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.69 (1995); 1000 – 1:18.05 (1995); 1500 – 2:03.44 (1994); 3000 – 4:47.60 (1986); 5000 – 8:58.29 (1985).

  • Keith James "Nick" Thometz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 16, 1963 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Wayzata Minnesota

     

    Nick Thometz may be the greatest ever American sprint speed skater not to have medaled at the Winter Olympics. He competed internationally for the US from 1981-92. During his career he won nine World Cup 1,000s and two 500s. Thometz won the overall 500 and 1,000 in the 1986-87 World Cup, and placed second at the 1987 World Sprints. He set one official world record, recording 36.55 for 500 m at Heerenveen in March 1987, but he may be most famous for two marks he set that month that were not accepted as world records by the ISU. At a meet in Medeo, USSR, Thometz bettered both the 500 and 1,000 metre records, posting 36.23 and 1:12.05, but the meet was not registered properly in advance, negating the marks. Thometz later settled in Vancouver, Washington, where he works in real estate development. He is also on the ISU Technical Committee. Born Keith Thometz, but always known as Nick, after his speed skating career ended, he had his name legally changed to Nick.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 36.23 (1987); 1000 – 1:12.05 (1987); 1500 – 1:53.66 (1987); 5000 – 7:30.50 (1982); 10000 – 16:06.0 (1983).

  • David William "Dave" Silk

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 18, 1965 in Butte, MT
    Affiliations: Butte


    Dave Silk skated the World Cup circuit from 1985 through 1988. He competed at the 1983 World Junior Championships and the World Championships from 1985-88 and 1990. At the 1988 World Championships, Silk won the 1,500 metres, and won the 1986 World Cup Final at 5,000 metres. During his career he had six podium finishes in World Cup races. Silk also competed in cycling, winning the Pintlar Classic in Montana in 1981, and the Citizen's Class Cycling Race at the Sweet Pea Festival in Bozeman, Montana in 1981. Silk was known for a time as Bonnie Blair's boyfriend, though they never married. When his sports career ended, Silk studied medicine at the University of Washington Medical School, then did a residency in ER medicine at Michigan State University. He has become an emergency room physician in Helena, Montana.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.96 (1988); 1000 – 1:16.97 (1986); 1500 – 1:53.66 (1988); 5000 – 6:49.95 (1988); 10000 – 14:25.56 (1988).
     

  • Mark Allen Mitchell

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 6, 1961 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Minnetonka


    Mark Mitchell attended St. John's University, graduating from there in 1997. He skated for the US internationally from 1980-87, appearing at the World Championships consecutively from 1983-87. He qualified for the 10K once at the Worlds, finishing 14th overall in 1984. Mitchell had one World Cup top 10, finishing ninth in a 1,500 in February 1986 in Innsbruck. Mitchell later attended law school at Hamline University School of Law, graduating in 2000. He became an attorney in Minneapolis with the Robb Olson Law Office, after some work in the State Public Defenders Office, Ninth District.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.22 (1987); 1000 – 1:17.26 (1988); 1500 – 1:55.69 (1987); 5000 – 7:04.31 (1987); 10000 – 15:07.06 (1982).

  • Daniel Ervin "Dan" Jansen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 17, 1965 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis
    Medals:1 Gold

    Dan Jansen is considered among the greatest sprint speed skaters ever. He won numerous times on the World Cup circuit and at World Championships, and his only failing was a relative lack of success at the Olympic Games. But in some ways his Olympic performances were his greatest success, revealing his character. Jansen competed at the 1984 Winter Olympics before his prime, but in 1988 he won the World Sprint Championships one week before the Olympics and was favored in both the 500 and 1,000 metre races. The day of the 500 metres, he was informed that his sister, Jane, who was sick with leukemia, was close to death. Only a few hours before the start of the race, he found that she had died. Jansen started, but fell as he entered the first turn. A few days later, he skated the 1,000 metres and fell again. But he reacted with a grace and magnanimity so rarely seen in athletes after crushing defeats.

    At the 1992 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again favored and again struggled, placing fourth in the 500 and 26th in the 1,000. He had no excuses and he offered none. Coming to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again a favorite, at least in the 500, but in that race he started on the outer, and on the final turn, his speed was so great that he slightly lost control and put his hand down to steady himself, losing a few tenths of a second, and placing only eighth in the race. His last chance for a gold medal seemed lost, until a few days later, when he resurrected his Olympic record by winning a gold medal in the 1,000 in world record time. In his victory lap, he carried his young daughter around the rink with him – her name was Jane.

    During his career, Dan Jansen won 46 World Cup races (second all-time), and seven overall World Cups, as well as two World Sprint Championships (1988 and 1994). He also set eight senior world records, five in the 500, two in the sprint combination, and one 1,000 record at the Lillehammer Olympics. After retiring Jansen worked as a motivational speaker, and as a sales rep for an orthopaedic equipment company.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 35.76 (1994); 1000 – 1:12.43 (1994); 1500 – 1:55.62 (1993); 3000 – 4:25.63 (1983); 5000 – 7:50.22 (1982); Sprint Combination – 144.815 (1994).

  • Mark Mallen Huck

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 2, 1957 in Evanston, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook

     

    Mark Huck competed for the Northbrook Speedskating Club. His only international meet was the 1984 Winter Olympics. Huck graduated from Princeton in 1979 with a degree in political science and later did graduate work at Yale.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.50 (1984); 1000 – 1:23.29 (1983); 1500 – 2:02.00 (1984); 5000 – 7:29.40 (1984); 10000 – 15:43.92 (1984).

  • Erik Christian Henriksen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 8, 1958 (Age 54) in Champaign, IL


    Erik Henriksen was from Milwaukee. He competed internationally for the US from 1979-88, although he did come out of retirement to skate one World Cup event in Milwaukee in January 1994. A pure sprinter, Henriksen competed at the World Sprint Championship every year from 1981-88. He was at his best in the 1,000, and although he never won a major international race, he had 10 podium finishes in the 1,000 and three in the 500. Henriksen attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, studying pre-law, but he never practiced law, instead becoming a writer.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.40 (1987); 1000 – 1:14.53 (1987); 1500 – 1:56.21 (1987); 5000 – 7:51.43 (1983).

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 20, 1956 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Wheaton


    A good athlete in several sports, Nancy Swider-Peltz ran track in high school and then swam in college at Wheaton. Swider-Peltz had a long career in speed skating, competing at three Winter Olympics and in international meets for many years. Her best international tournament was the 1976 World Sprints, where she finished fifth. She also competed at the World Championships in 1976-78, 1980, and 1983-84. On 13 March 1976, Swider-Peltz set a world record of 4:40.85 for 3,000 metres at Inzell, West Germany. She is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr., has competed internationally in speed skating since 2001 and has made the 2010 Winter Olympic team for the United States.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.39 (2002); 1000 – 1:23.32 (2002); 1500 – 2:08.67 (1998); 3000 – 4:31.99 (1988); 5000 – 7:48.60 (2002).

  • Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 15, 1952 (Age 60) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Mike Woods was one of the greatest distance skaters ever produced in the United States. In addition to his three Olympic appearances, Woods competed internationally from 1972, starting at the World Juniors, thru the 1984 season, in which he placed 12th in the World Championships, and second that year in the 10K. Woods won the 10K at the 1980 World Championships, and was second in the 5K at the 1979 Worlds. All-around he was fourth at the 1980 World Championships and at the 1979 Uniekass Trophy Meet. Woods attended Marquette, graduating in 1974 magna cum laude. He later attended medical school and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics while in his anaesthesiology residency. Woods now practices as an anaesthesiologist.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.2 (1978); 1,000 – 1:19.00 (1978); 1,500 – 1:58.57 (1980); 5,000 – 7:05.83 (1980); 10,000 – 14:39.53 (1980).

  • Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 14, 1955 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Atari Speedskating Club
    Medals:1 Bronze


    In high school, Dan Immerfall was a track star; he was easily the top sprinter in Madison and one of the best in the state. But by then he had also begun to be known as a top speed skater – the sport at which he achieved his greatest fame. Immerfall won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics 500 metre event by a margin of only .02 seconds. Although he usually finished in the top 10 in the world sprint events, this was his highest finish ever internationally. Immerfall was a music major at the University of Wisconsin, and was an accomplished clarinetist. He supported himself as a music teacher during his racing career.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.98 (1980); 1000 – 1:17.46 (1980); 1500 – 2:04.84 (1976); 5000 – 8:10.45 (1977).

  • James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 27, 1955 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Jim Chapin was a sprinter, who in 1972 won the 500 metres at the World Junior Championships, placing 19th in all-around. But he was the 1973 North American all-around champion as well. Chapin competed in the World Sprint Championships in 1978, placing 11th. He skated for the Gateway Speedskating Club in his youth, but later joined the Metro Speed Skating Club.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.92 (1980); 1000 – 1:18.88 (1984); 1500 – 2:09.35 (1978); 5000 – 8:22.31 (1978).
     

  • Thomas John "Tom" Plant

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: November 6, 1957 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: West Allis Milwaukee


    Tom Plant competed in the World Junior Championships in 1978 and in the World Sprints in 1979-80. In 1980 at the World Sprints, Plant placed third overall, and won one of the 500s. He also skated that year at the World Championships, placing second in the 500. He later settled near Las Vegas and has worked in the investment business.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.66 (1980); 1000 – 1:16.03 (1980); 1500 – 1:58.73 (1980); 5000 – 7:30.14 (1980); 10000 – 16:30.94 (1980).

  • Craig Ross Kressler

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 23, 1961 in Midland, MI
    Affiliations: Midland


    Craig Kressler won his first US title in 1975 when he was US Juvenile Boys short-track champion. In 1977 he won the US Junior Boys title in both short-track and long-track. In 1979 Kressler placed third all-around at the World Junior Championships, winning the 500 and 3,000 m. In 1980 he moved up to second at the World Juniors, again winning the 500. And then after the 1980 World Juniors, held two weeks after the Winter Olympics, Kressler retired from competition at age 18.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.72 (1980); 1000 – 1:16.45 (1980); 1500 – 1:58.34 (1980); 5000 – 7:15.90 (1980); 10000 – 15:49.11 (1980).
     

  • Erik Christian Henriksen

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 8, 1958 (Age 54) in Champaign, IL


    Erik Henriksen was from Milwaukee. He competed internationally for the US from 1979-88, although he did come out of retirement to skate one World Cup event in Milwaukee in January 1994. A pure sprinter, Henriksen competed at the World Sprint Championship every year from 1981-88. He was at his best in the 1,000, and although he never won a major international race, he had 10 podium finishes in the 1,000 and three in the 500. Henriksen attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, studying pre-law, but he never practiced law, instead becoming a writer.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.40 (1987); 1000 – 1:14.53 (1987); 1500 – 1:56.21 (1987); 5000 – 7:51.43 (1983).

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 20, 1956 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Wheaton


    A good athlete in several sports, Nancy Swider-Peltz ran track in high school and then swam in college at Wheaton. Swider-Peltz had a long career in speed skating, competing at three Winter Olympics and in international meets for many years. Her best international tournament was the 1976 World Sprints, where she finished fifth. She also competed at the World Championships in 1976-78, 1980, and 1983-84. On 13 March 1976, Swider-Peltz set a world record of 4:40.85 for 3,000 metres at Inzell, West Germany. She is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr., has competed internationally in speed skating since 2001 and has made the 2010 Winter Olympic team for the United States.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.39 (2002); 1000 – 1:23.32 (2002); 1500 – 2:08.67 (1998); 3000 – 4:31.99 (1988); 5000 – 7:48.60 (2002).

  • Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden (-Reid)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 27, 1959 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison
    Related Olympians: Sister of Eric Heiden
    Medals: 1 Bronze


    Beth Heiden was one of the world's most outstanding women athletes. In high school she played tennis and soccer, but also ran track, setting a national age-group record for the mile. She went on to an outstanding career as a speed skater, becoming in 1979 the first American to win the Women's World Championships by winning all four events. She finished second in that event in 1980, was second in the 1978 and 1979 World Sprints, and was expected to join her brother, Eric Heiden, in picking up a slew of medals at Lake Placid. But an ankle injury hounded her, and the press's expectations bothered her, and she was not the dominant force that Eric was. She came away with a bronze medal in her best event, the 3,000. Heiden did not skate competitively after the 1980 season, but she has kept in shape. Later in 1980, she became the first American to win the cycling road race at the Women's World Championships, and for awhile it seemed cycling had become her primary sport. Beth Heiden had attended the University of Wisconsin as a physics major. But in 1981 she transferred to the University of Vermont where she tried a completely new sport – cross-country skiing. After only one year after taking up the sport, in 1983, she won the NCAA Women's championship in cross-country skiing.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.78 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.66 (1980); 1500 – 2:07.87 (1980); 3000 – 4:32.60 (1980); 5000 – 8:06.93 (1979).

  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crowe

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 15, 1956 in St. Louis, MO
    Died: February 9, 2012 (Aged 56) in Beaverton, Oregon
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis

    In 1973 she was 17th overall at the World Juniors, placing fourth in the 500. In 1974 she improved to 11th at the World Juniors and again finished fourth in the 500. In 1975 Crowe finished 14th overall at the World Sprints.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.10 (1976); 1000 – 1:28.92 (1977); 1500 – 2:19.43 (1977); 3000 – 5:02.70 (1977).

  • Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 15, 1952 (Age 60) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Mike Woods was one of the greatest distance skaters ever produced in the United States. In addition to his three Olympic appearances, Woods competed internationally from 1972, starting at the World Juniors, thru the 1984 season, in which he placed 12th in the World Championships, and second that year in the 10K. Woods won the 10K at the 1980 World Championships, and was second in the 5K at the 1979 Worlds. All-around he was fourth at the 1980 World Championships and at the 1979 Uniekass Trophy Meet. Woods attended Marquette, graduating in 1974 magna cum laude. He later attended medical school and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics while in his anaesthesiology residency. Woods now practices as an anaesthesiologist.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.2 (1978); 1,000 – 1:19.00 (1978); 1,500 – 1:58.57 (1980); 5,000 – 7:05.83 (1980); 10,000 – 14:39.53 (1980).

  • Peter Alan Mueller

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 27, 1954 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Dousman
    Medals: 1 Gold


    Peter Mueller was one of the top sprinters American speed skating has ever produced. Exclusively a sprinter, he competed in the World Sprints in 1974 and 1975 and did well, but gave no hint he could win the gold medal in 1976 in the first ever Olympic 1,000 meter competition. Although overshadowed by Eric Heiden, between 1976 and 1980 Mueller proved himself one of the top sprinters in the world, finishing second in the 1977 World Sprints and fourth in the 1979 World Sprints. It was thought he could win another medal at Lake Placid, but he finished fifth in his specialty, the 1,000 meters. In September 1977, Mueller married Leah Poulos, a three-time Olympic speed skating medalist.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.71 (1980); 1000 – 1:15.33 (1980); 1500 – 2:05.21 (1977); 5000 – 8:13.40 (1976).

  • Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 14, 1955 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Atari Speedskating Club
    Medals:1 Bronze


    In high school, Dan Immerfall was a track star; he was easily the top sprinter in Madison and one of the best in the state. But by then he had also begun to be known as a top speed skater – the sport at which he achieved his greatest fame. Immerfall won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics 500 metre event by a margin of only .02 seconds. Although he usually finished in the top 10 in the world sprint events, this was his highest finish ever internationally. Immerfall was a music major at the University of Wisconsin, and was an accomplished clarinetist. He supported himself as a music teacher during his racing career.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.98 (1980); 1000 – 1:17.46 (1980); 1500 – 2:04.84 (1976); 5000 – 8:10.45 (1977).

  • Eric Arthur Heiden

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 14, 1958 (Age 54) in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison
    Related Olympians: Brother of Beth Heiden
    Medals: 5 Gold


    Eric Heiden is usually considered the greatest speed skater of all time and his utter domination of the sport in the late 70s warrants him a place among the greatest athletes of all time. Heiden competed at the 1976 Olympics where his best finish was seventh in the 1,500 meters. But at the world championships after the Olympics, he gave a hint of things to come when he won the 500m title. In 1977 he won the World Junior All-round, the World Senior Sprints and became the first American to win the World Senior All-round. In 1978 he defended all three titles. Too old for the juniors in 1979, he won the sprints and the all-around for the third straight year, and did what no man had done outright since 1912 – win all four titles at the World Championships. Heiden stood at the top of the Adelskalender for a record 1,495 days, and won the Oscar Mathisen Award four times in a row from 1977 until 1980. As of 2006, he still is the only skater who has won the award four times. He set eight world records at distances between 1,000 and 10,000 metres, but his best event was the 1,000. After retiring from speed skating, Heiden then turned to cycling and, after coming close to making the U.S. Olympic team in a second sport, he had a brief career as a professional, winning the United States' national professional title in that sport in 1985 and competing once in the Tour de France, but did not finish the race. His sister, Beth, was also an outstanding speed skater and cyclist, who won a bronze medal in speed skating in 1980 and was women's world road race cycling champion in 1980. Eric Heiden later finished medical school and now practices as an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.63 (1980); 1000 – 1:13.60 (1980); 1500 – 1:54.79 (1980); 5000 – 6:59.15 (1979); 10000 – 14:28.13 (1980).

  • James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 27, 1955 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Jim Chapin was a sprinter, who in 1972 won the 500 metres at the World Junior Championships, placing 19th in all-around. But he was the 1973 North American all-around champion as well. Chapin competed in the World Sprint Championships in 1978, placing 11th. He skated for the Gateway Speedskating Club in his youth, but later joined the Metro Speed Skating Club.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.92 (1980); 1000 – 1:18.88 (1984); 1500 – 2:09.35 (1978); 5000 – 8:22.31 (1978).
     

  • Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 5, 1951 in Berwyn, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals: 3 Silver


    As Miss Poulos, Leah Mueller competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning a silver in the 1000 meters at Innsbruck and narrowly missing a bronze in the 500 meters. In September 1977, she married U.S. speed skating team member, Peter Mueller, and won two more medals under her married name at Lake Placid. Besides her Olympic successes, Leah Poulos Mueller was twice World Sprint champion, in 1974 and 1979; and twice second in that event, in 1976 and 1977. She competed in the longer distances only early in her career because it was apparent that she was a pure sprinter. She retired in 1978 to travel with her husband and watch him compete, but quickly became bored with that and returned to competition the next year. She was coached early in her career by her father and three-time world champion, John Werket, but her husband and Peter Schotting took over those duties in preparation for Lake Placid.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.13 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.07 (1980); 1500 – 2:13.98 (1976); 3000 – 5:11.43 (1976).

  • Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 20, 1956 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Wheaton


    A good athlete in several sports, Nancy Swider-Peltz ran track in high school and then swam in college at Wheaton. Swider-Peltz had a long career in speed skating, competing at three Winter Olympics and in international meets for many years. Her best international tournament was the 1976 World Sprints, where she finished fifth. She also competed at the World Championships in 1976-78, 1980, and 1983-84. On 13 March 1976, Swider-Peltz set a world record of 4:40.85 for 3,000 metres at Inzell, West Germany. She is a member of the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame. Her daughter, Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr., has competed internationally in speed skating since 2001 and has made the 2010 Winter Olympic team for the United States.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.39 (2002); 1000 – 1:23.32 (2002); 1500 – 2:08.67 (1998); 3000 – 4:31.99 (1988); 5000 – 7:48.60 (2002).

  • Cynthia Fay "Cindy" Seikkula

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 26, 1958 in Duluth, MN
    Affiliations: Minneapolis


    Cindy Seikkula was the 1974 US junior girls champion, tying for first with Beth Heiden, and in 1975 was US intermediate champion. Seikkula made her international début at the 1976 Winter Olympics. She later competed at the 1978 World Juniors, placing eighth, the 1978 World Sprints, placing 14th, and the 1978 World Championships, finishing 20th. In 1979, Seikkula was 19th at the World Sprints.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.3 (1977); 1000 – 1:26.88 (1977); 1500 – 2:16.45 (1979); 3000 – 4:48.48 (1980).

  • Lori Jeanne Monk (-Goff)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 20, 1956 (Age 56) in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison


    Lori Monk competed in volleyball, golf, track, and speed skating in high school, growing up in Madison, Wisconsin. She was on two state championship golf teams, and led her track team to the state championships, winning seven individual state titles. Internationally, Monk competed at only one major meet besides the 1976 Winter Olympics, the 1974 World Sprints. She attended the University of Wisconsin, twice lettering in track, and eventually won five national speed skating championships. She later worked as a firefighter and paramedic and coached youth sports. Her son, Tyler Goff, competed in multiple international speed skating meets, but never made an Olympic team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.94 (1976); 1000 – 1:30.19 (1976); 1500 – 2:40.63 (1976); 3000 – 5:58.5 (1974).

  • Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden (-Reid)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 27, 1959 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison
    Related Olympians: Sister of Eric Heiden
    Medals: 1 Bronze


    Beth Heiden was one of the world's most outstanding women athletes. In high school she played tennis and soccer, but also ran track, setting a national age-group record for the mile. She went on to an outstanding career as a speed skater, becoming in 1979 the first American to win the Women's World Championships by winning all four events. She finished second in that event in 1980, was second in the 1978 and 1979 World Sprints, and was expected to join her brother, Eric Heiden, in picking up a slew of medals at Lake Placid. But an ankle injury hounded her, and the press's expectations bothered her, and she was not the dominant force that Eric was. She came away with a bronze medal in her best event, the 3,000. Heiden did not skate competitively after the 1980 season, but she has kept in shape. Later in 1980, she became the first American to win the cycling road race at the Women's World Championships, and for awhile it seemed cycling had become her primary sport. Beth Heiden had attended the University of Wisconsin as a physics major. But in 1981 she transferred to the University of Vermont where she tried a completely new sport – cross-country skiing. After only one year after taking up the sport, in 1983, she won the NCAA Women's championship in cross-country skiing.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.78 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.66 (1980); 1500 – 2:07.87 (1980); 3000 – 4:32.60 (1980); 5000 – 8:06.93 (1979).

  • Margaret Ann "Peggy" Crowe

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 15, 1956 in St. Louis, MO
    Died: February 9, 2012 (Aged 56) in Beaverton, Oregon
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis

    In 1973 she was 17th overall at the World Juniors, placing fourth in the 500. In 1974 she improved to 11th at the World Juniors and again finished fourth in the 500. In 1975 Crowe finished 14th overall at the World Sprints.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.10 (1976); 1000 – 1:28.92 (1977); 1500 – 2:19.43 (1977); 3000 – 5:02.70 (1977).

  • Michael Paul "Mike" Woods

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 15, 1952 (Age 60) in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Mike Woods was one of the greatest distance skaters ever produced in the United States. In addition to his three Olympic appearances, Woods competed internationally from 1972, starting at the World Juniors, thru the 1984 season, in which he placed 12th in the World Championships, and second that year in the 10K. Woods won the 10K at the 1980 World Championships, and was second in the 5K at the 1979 Worlds. All-around he was fourth at the 1980 World Championships and at the 1979 Uniekass Trophy Meet. Woods attended Marquette, graduating in 1974 magna cum laude. He later attended medical school and competed at the 1980 Winter Olympics while in his anaesthesiology residency. Woods now practices as an anaesthesiologist.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.2 (1978); 1,000 – 1:19.00 (1978); 1,500 – 1:58.57 (1980); 5,000 – 7:05.83 (1980); 10,000 – 14:39.53 (1980).

  • Peter Alan Mueller

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 27, 1954 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Dousman
    Medals: 1 Gold


    Peter Mueller was one of the top sprinters American speed skating has ever produced. Exclusively a sprinter, he competed in the World Sprints in 1974 and 1975 and did well, but gave no hint he could win the gold medal in 1976 in the first ever Olympic 1,000 meter competition. Although overshadowed by Eric Heiden, between 1976 and 1980 Mueller proved himself one of the top sprinters in the world, finishing second in the 1977 World Sprints and fourth in the 1979 World Sprints. It was thought he could win another medal at Lake Placid, but he finished fifth in his specialty, the 1,000 meters. In September 1977, Mueller married Leah Poulos, a three-time Olympic speed skating medalist.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.71 (1980); 1000 – 1:15.33 (1980); 1500 – 2:05.21 (1977); 5000 – 8:13.40 (1976).

  • Daniel James "Dan" Immerfall

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 14, 1955 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Atari Speedskating Club
    Medals:1 Bronze


    In high school, Dan Immerfall was a track star; he was easily the top sprinter in Madison and one of the best in the state. But by then he had also begun to be known as a top speed skater – the sport at which he achieved his greatest fame. Immerfall won a bronze medal in the 1976 Olympics 500 metre event by a margin of only .02 seconds. Although he usually finished in the top 10 in the world sprint events, this was his highest finish ever internationally. Immerfall was a music major at the University of Wisconsin, and was an accomplished clarinetist. He supported himself as a music teacher during his racing career.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.98 (1980); 1000 – 1:17.46 (1980); 1500 – 2:04.84 (1976); 5000 – 8:10.45 (1977).

  • Eric Arthur Heiden

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 14, 1958 (Age 54) in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison
    Related Olympians: Brother of Beth Heiden
    Medals: 5 Gold


    Eric Heiden is usually considered the greatest speed skater of all time and his utter domination of the sport in the late 70s warrants him a place among the greatest athletes of all time. Heiden competed at the 1976 Olympics where his best finish was seventh in the 1,500 meters. But at the world championships after the Olympics, he gave a hint of things to come when he won the 500m title. In 1977 he won the World Junior All-round, the World Senior Sprints and became the first American to win the World Senior All-round. In 1978 he defended all three titles. Too old for the juniors in 1979, he won the sprints and the all-around for the third straight year, and did what no man had done outright since 1912 – win all four titles at the World Championships. Heiden stood at the top of the Adelskalender for a record 1,495 days, and won the Oscar Mathisen Award four times in a row from 1977 until 1980. As of 2006, he still is the only skater who has won the award four times. He set eight world records at distances between 1,000 and 10,000 metres, but his best event was the 1,000. After retiring from speed skating, Heiden then turned to cycling and, after coming close to making the U.S. Olympic team in a second sport, he had a brief career as a professional, winning the United States' national professional title in that sport in 1985 and competing once in the Tour de France, but did not finish the race. His sister, Beth, was also an outstanding speed skater and cyclist, who won a bronze medal in speed skating in 1980 and was women's world road race cycling champion in 1980. Eric Heiden later finished medical school and now practices as an orthopaedic surgeon, specializing in sports medicine.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.63 (1980); 1000 – 1:13.60 (1980); 1500 – 1:54.79 (1980); 5000 – 6:59.15 (1979); 10000 – 14:28.13 (1980).

  • James Thomas "Jim" Chapin

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 27, 1955 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Jim Chapin was a sprinter, who in 1972 won the 500 metres at the World Junior Championships, placing 19th in all-around. But he was the 1973 North American all-around champion as well. Chapin competed in the World Sprint Championships in 1978, placing 11th. He skated for the Gateway Speedskating Club in his youth, but later joined the Metro Speed Skating Club.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 37.92 (1980); 1000 – 1:18.88 (1984); 1500 – 2:09.35 (1978); 5000 – 8:22.31 (1978).
     

  • Sheila Grace Young (-Ochowicz)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 14, 1950 in Birmingham, MI
    Affiliations: Wolverine Skating Club
    Related Olympians: Wife of Jim Ochowicz; Sister of Roger Young; Sister-in-law of Connie Paraskevin-Young; Mother of Elli Ochowicz.
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze


    A top track cyclist and speed skater at the same time, in 1973 Sheila Young performed the astounding feat of winning World Championships in both sports in the same year. She won the sprint worlds on the ice, the first of three titles (1973, 1975-76), while her sprint title on the velodrome was also the first of three, the others coming in 1976 and 1981. In 1976, Sheila Young won three Olympic speedskating medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal in the 500 m. She later married cyclist and future directeur sportif Jim Ochowicz. Their daughter Elli later also became a speed skater. Her sister-in-law, Connie Paraskevin-Young, was also a World Champion in the sprint, as well as a top international speed skater.

  • Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 5, 1951 in Berwyn, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals: 3 Silver


    As Miss Poulos, Leah Mueller competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning a silver in the 1000 meters at Innsbruck and narrowly missing a bronze in the 500 meters. In September 1977, she married U.S. speed skating team member, Peter Mueller, and won two more medals under her married name at Lake Placid. Besides her Olympic successes, Leah Poulos Mueller was twice World Sprint champion, in 1974 and 1979; and twice second in that event, in 1976 and 1977. She competed in the longer distances only early in her career because it was apparent that she was a pure sprinter. She retired in 1978 to travel with her husband and watch him compete, but quickly became bored with that and returned to competition the next year. She was coached early in her career by her father and three-time world champion, John Werket, but her husband and Peter Schotting took over those duties in preparation for Lake Placid.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.13 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.07 (1980); 1500 – 2:13.98 (1976); 3000 – 5:11.43 (1976).

  • Charles Andrew Gilmore

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 27, 1950 in Orange, CA
    Affiliations: Glacier Falls Skating Club


    Charles Gilmore competed for Anaheim High School and the Glacier Falls Skating Club. In 1967 he won the US junior championship. In 1969, at the US-Canada meet, he won the 1,500, and placed second in the 3,000 and all-around.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:22.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:03.30 (1976); 5000 – 7:40.13 (1976); 10000 – 16:26.35 (1976).
     

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 17, 1949 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Dan Carroll was one of the first US speed skaters who really emphasized metric long-track skating. He was US Champion in 1971 in long-track, after placing second in 1969-70. Carroll represented the US many times internationally. In addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances, he competed at the 1970-72 and 1975-76 World Championships, and the World Sprints in 1970-72 and 1975. His best finish was sixth all-around at the 1975 World Championships, in which he finished second in the 1,500 m. Carroll also placed ninth at the 1971 World Sprints and the 1976 World Championships. He competed for the Clayton Speed Skating Club and later the Metro Speed Skating Club, coaching the latter club after his career ended. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.9 (1972); 1000 – 1:19.1 (1976); 1500 – 1:59.77 (1976); 5000 – 7:18.51 (1976); 10000 – 15:19.29 (1976).
     

  • Sheila Grace Young (-Ochowicz)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 14, 1950 in Birmingham, MI
    Affiliations: Wolverine Skating Club
    Related Olympians: Wife of Jim Ochowicz; Sister of Roger Young; Sister-in-law of Connie Paraskevin-Young; Mother of Elli Ochowicz.
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze


    A top track cyclist and speed skater at the same time, in 1973 Sheila Young performed the astounding feat of winning World Championships in both sports in the same year. She won the sprint worlds on the ice, the first of three titles (1973, 1975-76), while her sprint title on the velodrome was also the first of three, the others coming in 1976 and 1981. In 1976, Sheila Young won three Olympic speedskating medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal in the 500 m. She later married cyclist and future directeur sportif Jim Ochowicz. Their daughter Elli later also became a speed skater. Her sister-in-law, Connie Paraskevin-Young, was also a World Champion in the sprint, as well as a top international speed skater.

  • Leah Jean Poulos-Mueller

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 5, 1951 in Berwyn, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals: 3 Silver


    As Miss Poulos, Leah Mueller competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, winning a silver in the 1000 meters at Innsbruck and narrowly missing a bronze in the 500 meters. In September 1977, she married U.S. speed skating team member, Peter Mueller, and won two more medals under her married name at Lake Placid. Besides her Olympic successes, Leah Poulos Mueller was twice World Sprint champion, in 1974 and 1979; and twice second in that event, in 1976 and 1977. She competed in the longer distances only early in her career because it was apparent that she was a pure sprinter. She retired in 1978 to travel with her husband and watch him compete, but quickly became bored with that and returned to competition the next year. She was coached early in her career by her father and three-time world champion, John Werket, but her husband and Peter Schotting took over those duties in preparation for Lake Placid.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.13 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.07 (1980); 1500 – 2:13.98 (1976); 3000 – 5:11.43 (1976).

  • Kathryn Ann "Kay" Lunda (-Vandevrede)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 28, 1957 in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison


    Kay Lunda competed for the Madison Speed Skating Club. In 1969 she was US outdoor midget division champion. In 1970 she was in the juvenile class, winning the US indoor title, and placing second outdoors. In 1971 she won the US juvenile outdoors title. In addition to her Olympic appearance, Lunda competed at the 1973 World Junior Championships, placing third all-round and second in the 500 and 1,000 distances. Lunda had a twin sister, Kathy Lunda, who also competed in speed skating.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.27 (1972); 1000 – 1:33.0 (1972); 1500 – 2:29.4 (1972); 3000 – 5:32.7 (1973).

  • Anne Elizabeth Henning (-Walker)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 6, 1955 in Raleigh, NC
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Bronze


    Although only 16, Anne Henning was a favorite to win the two shortest speed skating races at the 1972 Olympics. By then she had been second in the World Championships – at all-around. She had also set three official and two unofficial world records in the 500, and one official world record in the 1,000. In the 1972 Olympic 500, Anne Henning skated a fine time, despite being interfered with by her pair partner on the cross-over. She was offered a re-skate, and took the opportunity. It was probably a mistake, for although she bettered her time, her initial 500 time would also have taken the gold medal. The next day in the 1,000, she could manage only a bronze – she described her legs as being "dead".

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:27.3 (1972); 1500 – 2:27.30 (1972); 3000 – 5:25.9 (1971).

  • Helen "Connie" Carpenter-Phinney

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 26, 1957 in Madison, WI


    Though not as well-known as many, Connie Carpenter-Phinney is one the greatest female athletes in American sporting history. She won 12 US cycling championships, more than any man or woman in history. She also won four medals at the World Championships in both the pursuit and road race, winning the 1983 individual pursuit title. Her finest moment came in the 1984 Olympic road race, the first ever for women. She outlasted America’s Rebecca Twigg to narrowly win the gold medal in that race. At the finish she “threw” her bike, using a move taught to her by her husband, Davis Phinney, who was a gold medalist at the 1984 Olympics in the team time trial, and later rode professionally for the 7-Eleven team. Carpenter-Phinney also competed in the 1972 Olympics as a speed skater, though she was only 15 at the time. Her other major cycling victories included the 1977 Tour of Fitchburg and two victories at the Coors Classic (1977, 1982). In addition she rowed for the University of California in the national collegiate championships, winning an NCAA Championship in the 1980 coxless fours. One of her children, Taylor Phinney, has become a top track cyclist, winning the individual pursuit world championship in 2009-10.
     

  • Clark David King

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 1, 1949 in Burbank, CA
    Affiliations: Pickwick Speedskating Club


    Clark King attended Hollywood High School and competed for the Pickwick Skating Club in Burbank, California. In 1967 he was second at the US indoor championships, and fifth at the US Open outdoors. In 1969 he placed third in the all-around at the US-Canada meet.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:22.0 (1972); 1500 – 2:06.7 (1972); 5000 – 7:51.1 (1972); 10000 – 16:39.82 (1972).

  • Gary Michael Jonland

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 21, 1952 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Mt. Prospect Skating Club


    Gary Jonland was a top junior speed skater. He was US juvenile champion in 1966, US junior long-track champion in 1968, the 1970 US intermediate short-track champion, and the 1969-70 US intermediate long-track champion. Jonland skated for the Mt. Prospect Skating Club. He competed at the World Championships and World Sprints in both 1972 and 1973, placing 20th at the 1973 World Sprints and 17th at the 1973 Worlds, although he did not qualify for the 10K. His best international distance placement was fourth in the 500 at the 1973 World Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.7 (1972); 1000 – 1:19.3 (1972); 1500 – 2:03.76 (1992); 5000 – 7:49.4 (1973).

  • Charles Andrew Gilmore

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 27, 1950 in Orange, CA
    Affiliations: Glacier Falls Skating Club


    Charles Gilmore competed for Anaheim High School and the Glacier Falls Skating Club. In 1967 he won the US junior championship. In 1969, at the US-Canada meet, he won the 1,500, and placed second in the 3,000 and all-around.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:22.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:03.30 (1976); 5000 – 7:40.13 (1976); 10000 – 16:26.35 (1976).
     

  • Peter Martin "Pete" Eberling

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 19, 1952 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
    Died: June 24, 2007 in Tarzana, CA
    Affiliations: Ice Club Paradise, CA


    Peter Eberling, a native Austrian, had a brief international speed skating career. In the United States, he was second at the indoor championships in 1964-65 and third in 1966. He came to international prominence in 1972, skating 38,8 in an Innsbruck 500 metre race, which ranked him in that season's top 10. His sprint results also qualified him for the Olympics and World Sprint Championships, where he placed 11th and 20th, respectively. After that year, little was heard of Eberling outside the United States, where he kept skating in national events until the late 1970s. Eberling, who had been enrolled in the U.S. Navy, died of a severe ulcer at the age of 55.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.8 (1972); 1000 – 1:23.9 (1972); 1500 – 2:27.4 (1972).
     

  • Dianne Mary Holum

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 19, 1951 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze


    In 1966, Dianne Holum became the youngest person to ever compete in the World Championships. It was the start of a distinguished speed skating career which saw her win more medals than any U.S. woman in Winter Games history. The 1967 Worlds were the first top international finish for Holum, as she finished third overall. She went on to win two medals at the 1968 Games, and in the interval between Olympics, became less of a sprinter and more of a distance skater. In 1970 and 1971 she was fourth in the Worlds overall, winning the 1,000 meters in 1971. She also had two top 10 finishes at the World Sprints. In 1972 she finally got a gold medal and added a fourth medal with a second place in the Olympic 3,000 meters. After retiring as a competitor, Dianne Holum became a well-known coach. At the 1976 Olympics, she became the first woman to coach the women speed skaters. She numbered among her many pupils two kids from Madison, Wisconsin, named Eric and Beth Heiden.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.59 (1972); 1000 – 1:28.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:18.51 (1972); 3000 – 4:57.9 (1972).
     

  • John Frederic Wurster

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 12, 1948 (Age 64) in Schenectady, NY
    Affiliations: US Air Force


    John Wurster won the 1963 US Junior Boys title, but his next US championship would come 13 years later, when he won the 1976 US Senior title. In between he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and then obtained an MBA. He later became President of Orion Issues Management, which specializes in commercializing new environmental technology. His brother, Richie, also competed in speed skating for the US at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.0 (1972); 1000 – 1:23.2 (1972); 1500 – 2:17.38 (1976); 5000 – 9:36.5 (1972); 10000 – 20:04.9 (1972).
     

  • William Thomas "Bill" Lanigan

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 6, 1947 in New York, NY
    Affiliations: US Army


    Bill Lanigan won multiple US speed skating titles, starting in 1964 and 1965 with the US Intermediate Short-Track titles. He was US short-track champion in 1966-67, and 1969, and the US Open short-track champion in 1968 and 1969. Lanigan competed multiple times for the US internationally. In addition to his two Olympic appearances, he competed at five World Championships (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973) and two World Sprint Championships (1970, 1973). His best performance on the international stage came at the 1973 World Championships when he won the 500 metre distance title. Lanigan attended Marquette University, graduating in 1970. He later worked in product development for Amskate Company, and helped design a body jacket for people recovering from back injuries or surgery.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:21.5 (1972); 1500 – 2:04.2 (1972); 5000 – 7:45.2 (1972); 10000 – 16:37.6 (1968).
     

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 17, 1949 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Dan Carroll was one of the first US speed skaters who really emphasized metric long-track skating. He was US Champion in 1971 in long-track, after placing second in 1969-70. Carroll represented the US many times internationally. In addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances, he competed at the 1970-72 and 1975-76 World Championships, and the World Sprints in 1970-72 and 1975. His best finish was sixth all-around at the 1975 World Championships, in which he finished second in the 1,500 m. Carroll also placed ninth at the 1971 World Sprints and the 1976 World Championships. He competed for the Clayton Speed Skating Club and later the Metro Speed Skating Club, coaching the latter club after his career ended. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.9 (1972); 1000 – 1:19.1 (1976); 1500 – 1:59.77 (1976); 5000 – 7:18.51 (1976); 10000 – 15:19.29 (1976).
     

  • Nathaniel H. "Neil" Blatchford, IV

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 5, 1945 (Age 66) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook (USA)


    Neil Blatchford skated for the Mid-America Speedskating Club. In his early career, Blatchford was the US Intermediate Champion in 1963 and won the Senior Men's All-Around title in 1964. But later in his career, he was primarily a sprinter, placing second in the 500 metres at the 1968 and 1969 World Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.46 (1972); 1000 – 1:21.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:12.9 (1972); 5000 – 8:36.9 (1969).
     

  • Jeanne Marie Omelenchuk (Robinson-)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 25, 1931 in Detroit, MI
    Died: June 26, 2008 (Aged 77) in Lapeer, MI
    Affiliations: Detroit Speed Skating Club


    Jeanne Omelenchuk won her first national title in cycling, as Jeanne Robinson, before adding speed skating titles later in the 50s. By the time women's speed skating was on the Winter Olympic program in 1960, she was somewhat past her prime, but she still made three Olympic teams, the last in 1972 as a 40-year-old. Omelenchuk graduated from Wayne State University and became an art teacher. But in 1985, she entered politics and won a seat on the Warren City Council. She served in that post for a decade, and also served four years as mayor pro tem. She would eventually be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, National Speedskating Hall of Fame, Wayne State University Hall of Fame, and Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.6 (1969); 1000 – 1:32.9 (1972); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1969); 3000 – 5:14.9 (1968).

     

  • Mary Margret Meyers (-Rothstein)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 10, 1946 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul
    Medals: 1 Silver


    Mary Meyers was part of the U.S. three-way tie in the 1968 500 meters. For her, it was probably a bit of a disappointment; in the 1967 World Championships she had won the 500 metre event, and was expected to be a top contender for the gold. Meyers attended the University of Minnesota, from which she graduated in 1969.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.7 (1967); 1000 – 1:39.5 (1968); 1500 – 2:30.4 (1967); 3000 – 5:50.5 (1968).
     

  • Dianne Mary Holum

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 19, 1951 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook
    Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze


    In 1966, Dianne Holum became the youngest person to ever compete in the World Championships. It was the start of a distinguished speed skating career which saw her win more medals than any U.S. woman in Winter Games history. The 1967 Worlds were the first top international finish for Holum, as she finished third overall. She went on to win two medals at the 1968 Games, and in the interval between Olympics, became less of a sprinter and more of a distance skater. In 1970 and 1971 she was fourth in the Worlds overall, winning the 1,000 meters in 1971. She also had two top 10 finishes at the World Sprints. In 1972 she finally got a gold medal and added a fourth medal with a second place in the Olympic 3,000 meters. After retiring as a competitor, Dianne Holum became a well-known coach. At the 1976 Olympics, she became the first woman to coach the women speed skaters. She numbered among her many pupils two kids from Madison, Wisconsin, named Eric and Beth Heiden.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.59 (1972); 1000 – 1:28.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:18.51 (1972); 3000 – 4:57.9 (1972).
     

  • Jennifer Lee "Jenny" Fish (-Baker)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 17, 1949 in Strongsville, OH
    Affiliations: Towne 'n Country Speed Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    At the 1968 Olympics, Jennifer Fish was one of the American women who amazingly finished in a three-way tie for second in the 500 meters. In Fish's case, this was a bit of an upset, as her international experience was minimal. However she had, at one time, held eight U.S. national speed skating records. Jennifer Fish majored in health and physical education at Baldwin-Wallace College and went on to receive a master's in education at Kent State. She became a physical education teacher.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1968); 1000 – 1:38.4 (1968); 1500 – 2:35.0 (1968).

  • Toy Joan Dorgan (-Martin) 


    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 29, 1946 (Age 65) in Springfield, IL


    Toy Dorgan was on the US national speed skating team in 1967-68. She attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1970. Dorgan later emigrated to Australia, marrying Australian Olympic cross-country skier Ross Martin. There she took up cross-country skiing, winning the Australian national title in that sport five times. She also began orienteering, representing Australia internationally in that sport. Dorgan-Martin became a writer, writing a series of children's books on horses and horse riding, called the Taronga Road Riders.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 47.9 (1968); 1000 – 1:39.4 (1968); 1500 – 2:33.8 (1968); 3000 – 5:17.6 (1968).
     

  • Richard August Wurster

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 27, 1942 in Schenectady, NY
    Affiliations: Balston Spa Arizona


    Richie Wurster was US long track all-around champion in 1965-66 and almost a decade later, in 1975. He was also runner-up in 1970 and 1971. Wurster also won the North American long-track championship in 1971 and 1975. He competed at the 1965 and 1968 World Championships. His brother, John, also competed in speed skating for the United States at the 1968 and 1972 Winter Olympics. Wurster was elected to the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1991.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.5 (1975); 1000 – 1:25.6 (1972); 1500 – 2:08.4 (1968); 5000 – 8:14.4 (1968); 10000 – 17:08.6 (1972).
     

  • John Frederic Wurster

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 12, 1948 (Age 64) in Schenectady, NY
    Affiliations: US Air Force


    John Wurster won the 1963 US Junior Boys title, but his next US championship would come 13 years later, when he won the 1976 US Senior title. In between he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and then obtained an MBA. He later became President of Orion Issues Management, which specializes in commercializing new environmental technology. His brother, Richie, also competed in speed skating for the US at the 1968 Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.0 (1972); 1000 – 1:23.2 (1972); 1500 – 2:17.38 (1976); 5000 – 9:36.5 (1972); 10000 – 20:04.9 (1972).
     

  • William Thomas "Bill" Lanigan

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 6, 1947 in New York, NY
    Affiliations: US Army


    Bill Lanigan won multiple US speed skating titles, starting in 1964 and 1965 with the US Intermediate Short-Track titles. He was US short-track champion in 1966-67, and 1969, and the US Open short-track champion in 1968 and 1969. Lanigan competed multiple times for the US internationally. In addition to his two Olympic appearances, he competed at five World Championships (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973) and two World Sprint Championships (1970, 1973). His best performance on the international stage came at the 1973 World Championships when he won the 500 metre distance title. Lanigan attended Marquette University, graduating in 1970. He later worked in product development for Amskate Company, and helped design a body jacket for people recovering from back injuries or surgery.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1972); 1000 – 1:21.5 (1972); 1500 – 2:04.2 (1972); 5000 – 7:45.2 (1972); 10000 – 16:37.6 (1968).
     

  • William Dean "Bill" Cox

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 4, 1947 in Saint Paul, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    Bill Cox competed for Midway Speed Skating Club and attended Macalester College, graduating in 1969. He was the 1966 North American champion and in 1967 he won two major meets, the US Olympic style open meet and the Canadian-American team meet.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.6 (1968); 1500 – 2:10.6 (1968), 5000 – 7:49.1 (1968); 10000 – 16:18.9 (1968).
     

  • Daniel Joseph "Dan" Carroll, III

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 17, 1949 in St. Louis, MO
    Affiliations: Metros Speedskating Club, St. Louis


    Dan Carroll was one of the first US speed skaters who really emphasized metric long-track skating. He was US Champion in 1971 in long-track, after placing second in 1969-70. Carroll represented the US many times internationally. In addition to his two Winter Olympic appearances, he competed at the 1970-72 and 1975-76 World Championships, and the World Sprints in 1970-72 and 1975. His best finish was sixth all-around at the 1975 World Championships, in which he finished second in the 1,500 m. Carroll also placed ninth at the 1971 World Sprints and the 1976 World Championships. He competed for the Clayton Speed Skating Club and later the Metro Speed Skating Club, coaching the latter club after his career ended. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.9 (1972); 1000 – 1:19.1 (1976); 1500 – 1:59.77 (1976); 5000 – 7:18.51 (1976); 10000 – 15:19.29 (1976).
     

  • Roger James Capan

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 20, 1945 in Sioux City, IA
    Affiliations: US Air Force


    Roger Capan won one US championship in speed skating, in 1957 when he was the US Midget Boys champion. He was a five-time state champion in Missouri. He later attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in biomechanics, but was in the US Air Force in 1968 when he made the Olympic team. Capan became a track coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska. From 1976-79 he was an instructor and director of strength development and close quarters combat at the US Military Academy. He has since worked in law enforcement, in 2008 with the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians. Capan also later competed in golf long-driving competitions.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.5 (1968); 1500 – 2:12.1 (1968); 5000 – 8:37.0 (1972).
     

  • Nathaniel H. "Neil" Blatchford, IV

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 5, 1945 (Age 66) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook (USA)


    Neil Blatchford skated for the Mid-America Speedskating Club. In his early career, Blatchford was the US Intermediate Champion in 1963 and won the Senior Men's All-Around title in 1964. But later in his career, he was primarily a sprinter, placing second in the 500 metres at the 1968 and 1969 World Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 38.46 (1972); 1000 – 1:21.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:12.9 (1972); 5000 – 8:36.9 (1969).
     

  • Wayne Arthur LeBombard

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 1, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Wayne LeBombard grew up near Milwaukee and attended Nathan Hale High School. He competed for the West Allis Speed Skating Club and was a five-time Wisconsin 2-mile champion. LeBombard also competed in cycling, winning the 1963 Wisconsin and Midwest road championship. LeBombard competed at two Winter Olympics, the 1966 World All-Around, failing to qualify for the 10,000, and the 1970 World Sprint Championships, placing 22nd. He later became a salesman, and worked various odd jobs, including for a moving company and a bike shop. In 1987 he was arrested and sentenced to 45 days in jail for stealing money from the bike shop, and was placed on probation for drug use and ordered to undergo drug rehab.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.66 (1970); 1,000 – 1:24.8 (1970); 1,500 – 2:11.1 (1968); 5,000 – 7:58.0 (1972); 10,000 – 16:59.8 (1964).
     

  • Thomas James "Tom" Gray

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 6, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Bearcat Speedskating Club


    Tom Gray skated in two Winter Olympics for the United States, and also at the 1966 and 1967 World Championships. Primarily a sprinter, he had little chance in the all-around, but in 1966 won the 500 m distance at the Worlds in 40.6. He returned in 1967 to place second in the 500. Gray attended the University of Minnesota, and spent a few years in the US Air Force in the late 1960s.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.5 (1964); 1000 – 1:26.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:13.1 (1964); 5000 – 9:09.0 (1972); 10000 – 19:23.0 (1972).
     

  • Jeanne Chesley Ashworth (-Walker)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 1, 1938 (Age 73) in Burlington, VT
    Affiliations: Lake Placid Speed Skating Club, Lake Placid
    Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


    In the first official Olympic speed skating for women, Jeanne Ashworth finished behind a German and a Russian to take a bronze medal. In the late 50s and early 60s, Ashworth and the other Jeanne, Omelenchuk, monopolized American speed skating – Ashworth winning 11 national championships and Omelenchuk eight. Jeanne Ashworth was also an excellent softball player, and she competed in that sport on a national level. In 1960 she received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from an affiliate school of Tufts. She later settled near Lake Placid, where she helped run the family toy and candy company.

    Personal Best: 500 – 44.4 (1963); 1000 – 1:34.7 (1968); 1500 – 2:30.3 (1968); 3000 – 5:14.0 (1968).
     

  • Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 31, 1941 in Highland Park, IL
    Died: July 19, 2009 (Aged 67) in Boulder, WY
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Ed Rudolph competed twice at the Winter Olympics as a speed skater. He also competed in the World Championships in 1962 and 1963, not finishing either time in the allround, but in 1963 he did place second in the 500 metres behind Yevgeny Grishin. In 1961 he was US National champion in the speed skating omnium, and in 1962 also won the US Championship in sprint cycling. Rudolph's life later saw many highlights but many tragedies. He started The Rudolph Co., a marketing and development company in Colorado which helped develop numerous shopping centers. He also helped redevelop Colorado Springs downtown. As a philanthropist he donated many hours and dollars to help Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs build 10 new stores, and was awarded the Goodwill Guiding Light Award for his work. But personally, Rudolph witnessed the death of two infant daughters, and his five-year-old boy, Eddie IV, was killed when the car he was riding in was struck by a train. His own death also came tragically. He and his wife were driving to a wedding in western Wyoming, when they were killed in a head-on crash, when another driver swerved to avoid a deer, but failed and the car was thrown into the opposite lane, striking Rudolph's car.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.0 (1963); 1500 – 2:13.5 (1960); 3000 – 4:56.4 (1962); 5000 – 8:19.0 (1963); 10000 – 19:34.8 (1963).
     

  • Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 20, 1940 in Essexville, MI
    Affiliations: BSSC
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)


    In 1964 they called him the Essexville barber, and Terry McDermott won the only United States gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games. McDermott was well known as a sprinter in the United States, having won the National Indoor title in 1960 and the North American indoor in 1961. McDermott continued to be a force in the sprints through 1968. He set an American record in the 220 yards which stood for many years, and in 1968, he was again a favorite to take gold in the 500 meters at Grenoble. But on that day Terry McDermott skated late in the field, well after the ice had started to soften in the sun, and he had little chance. Amazingly, he finished in 40.5 to share the silver medal only 2/10ths out of first. Winner Erhard Keller graciously conceded that McDermott had had the best race of the day given the conditions under which he had skated. From 1963 until 1967, Terry McDermott was a barber. In that year, however, he took a job as a manufacturer's representative in the Detroit area. He has also served as a speed skating official and at the 1980 Olympics spoke the Official's Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.6 (1964); 1000 – 1:28.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:22.1 (1968).
     

  • Janice Marie "Jan" Smith

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 20, 1945 (Age 67) in Rochester, NY
    Affiliations: Rochester Skating Club


    Jan Smith skated for the Rochester Skating Club. She was US Champion in 1962 and 1963 both indoors and outdoors. Although Smith finished the Olympic 1,500 in 1964, she crashed into a snow bank at the end of the race. She was taken by stretcher to hospital but had no serious injuries.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.0 (1964); 1000 – 1:33.3 (1964); 1500 – 2:32.1 (1964); 3000 – 5:28.7 (1964).
     

  • Judith Helen "Judy" Morstein (-Martz)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 28, 1943 in Big Timber, MT
    Affiliations: Montana Skating Club


    Judy Morstein graduated from Butte High School in Montana and later from Eastern Montana College. She competed for the US at the 1963 World Speedskating Championships, as well as the 1964 Winter Olympics. After marrying Harry Martz, she helped him run a commercial solid-waste business in Butte. Her small business experience led her to become involved in local politics. This led to statewide ambitions, and in 1997 she was elected Lieutenant-Governor of Montana. She then served as Montana's first female governor from 2001-05, as a Republican. Morstein was also once voted Miss Rodeo Montana.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 48.1 (1972); 1000 – 1:38.0 (1972); 1500 – 2:33.3 (1964); 3000 – 5:32.4 (1972).
     

  • Janice Marie "Mary" Lawler 


    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: November 25, 1944 (Age 67) in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Falldin Club, Minneapolis


    Mary Lawler grew up skating for the Falldin Club and Marshall High School. In 1963 she was third in all-around at the US Championships. She competed at the 1964 Winter Olympics despite a severe case of shin splints. Lawler also competed at the 1964 World Championships, placing third in the 500 metres that year.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.8 (1964); 1000 – 1:35.6 (1964); 1500 – 2:30.9 (1964); 3000 – 5:31.8 (1964).
     

  • Wayne Arthur LeBombard

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 1, 1944 in Milwaukee, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Wayne LeBombard grew up near Milwaukee and attended Nathan Hale High School. He competed for the West Allis Speed Skating Club and was a five-time Wisconsin 2-mile champion. LeBombard also competed in cycling, winning the 1963 Wisconsin and Midwest road championship. LeBombard competed at two Winter Olympics, the 1966 World All-Around, failing to qualify for the 10,000, and the 1970 World Sprint Championships, placing 22nd. He later became a salesman, and worked various odd jobs, including for a moving company and a bike shop. In 1987 he was arrested and sentenced to 45 days in jail for stealing money from the bike shop, and was placed on probation for drug use and ordered to undergo drug rehab.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.66 (1970); 1,000 – 1:24.8 (1970); 1,500 – 2:11.1 (1968); 5,000 – 7:58.0 (1972); 10,000 – 16:59.8 (1964).
     

  • Thomas James "Tom" Gray

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 6, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Bearcat Speedskating Club


    Tom Gray skated in two Winter Olympics for the United States, and also at the 1966 and 1967 World Championships. Primarily a sprinter, he had little chance in the all-around, but in 1966 won the 500 m distance at the Worlds in 40.6. He returned in 1967 to place second in the 500. Gray attended the University of Minnesota, and spent a few years in the US Air Force in the late 1960s.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.5 (1964); 1000 – 1:26.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:13.1 (1964); 5000 – 9:09.0 (1972); 10000 – 19:23.0 (1972).
     

  • Stanley Clair "Stan" Fail

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 11, 1936 in Yuma, CO
    Affiliations: Demorra Speedskating Club


    Stan Fail grew up near Turlock, California, representing the DeMorra Skating Club. He started skating nationally in 1953 at the US Intermediate Championships, and in 1955 won the Great Lakes Outdoor all-around. In 1960 he was second at the US all-arounds, winning the 5-mile race. Fail also competed in cycling. He later settled back near his home where first he ran a dairy and then operated a very popular donut shop, Fail's Donuts.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.4 (1964); 1500 – 2:10.8 (1964); 5000 – 8:08.4 (1964); 10000 – 17:00.2 (1964).
     

  • Howard Wayne "Buddy" Campbell

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 14, 1943 (Age 69) in Huntington, NY
    Affiliations: Demorra Speedskating Club


    Buddy Campbell grew up in California but did most of his competitive skating back East. He first competed in the US Championships in 1962, also winning the International Silver Skates that year at Lake George. In 1963, Campbell was tied for first at the North American Outdoors and won the North American indoors. He won the US Indoor all-around title in 1965 and 1967, and was second in 1965 at the Great Lakes Outdoor Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.6 (1965); 1500 – 2:08.9 (1964); 5000 – 8:13.5 (1964).
     

  • Barbara Day "Barb" Lockhart

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 3, 1941 (Age 70) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club, Chicago   

     

    Barb Lockhart attended Michigan State University, and skated for the Northwest Skating Club. She made two US Olympic speed skating teams, winning the first race for women at the 1960 Olympic Trials, and placing second overall at the 1964 trials. Primarily a distance skater, she was on pace for a personal best in the 1964 Olympic 3,000 when she fell on the final lap. Lockhart settled in Provo, Utah and was chairman of the Ethics Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1963); 1000 – 1:38.1 (1964), 1500 – 2:33.0 (1964), 3000 – 5:27.1 (1964).
     

  • Jeanne Chesley Ashworth (-Walker)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 1, 1938 (Age 73) in Burlington, VT
    Affiliations: Lake Placid Speed Skating Club, Lake Placid
    Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


    In the first official Olympic speed skating for women, Jeanne Ashworth finished behind a German and a Russian to take a bronze medal. In the late 50s and early 60s, Ashworth and the other Jeanne, Omelenchuk, monopolized American speed skating – Ashworth winning 11 national championships and Omelenchuk eight. Jeanne Ashworth was also an excellent softball player, and she competed in that sport on a national level. In 1960 she received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from an affiliate school of Tufts. She later settled near Lake Placid, where she helped run the family toy and candy company.

    Personal Best: 500 – 44.4 (1963); 1000 – 1:34.7 (1968); 1500 – 2:30.3 (1968); 3000 – 5:14.0 (1968).
     

  • Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 31, 1941 in Highland Park, IL
    Died: July 19, 2009 (Aged 67) in Boulder, WY
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Ed Rudolph competed twice at the Winter Olympics as a speed skater. He also competed in the World Championships in 1962 and 1963, not finishing either time in the allround, but in 1963 he did place second in the 500 metres behind Yevgeny Grishin. In 1961 he was US National champion in the speed skating omnium, and in 1962 also won the US Championship in sprint cycling. Rudolph's life later saw many highlights but many tragedies. He started The Rudolph Co., a marketing and development company in Colorado which helped develop numerous shopping centers. He also helped redevelop Colorado Springs downtown. As a philanthropist he donated many hours and dollars to help Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs build 10 new stores, and was awarded the Goodwill Guiding Light Award for his work. But personally, Rudolph witnessed the death of two infant daughters, and his five-year-old boy, Eddie IV, was killed when the car he was riding in was struck by a train. His own death also came tragically. He and his wife were driving to a wedding in western Wyoming, when they were killed in a head-on crash, when another driver swerved to avoid a deer, but failed and the car was thrown into the opposite lane, striking Rudolph's car.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.0 (1963); 1500 – 2:13.5 (1960); 3000 – 4:56.4 (1962); 5000 – 8:19.0 (1963); 10000 – 19:34.8 (1963).
     

  • Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 20, 1940 in Essexville, MI
    Affiliations: BSSC
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)


    In 1964 they called him the Essexville barber, and Terry McDermott won the only United States gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games. McDermott was well known as a sprinter in the United States, having won the National Indoor title in 1960 and the North American indoor in 1961. McDermott continued to be a force in the sprints through 1968. He set an American record in the 220 yards which stood for many years, and in 1968, he was again a favorite to take gold in the 500 meters at Grenoble. But on that day Terry McDermott skated late in the field, well after the ice had started to soften in the sun, and he had little chance. Amazingly, he finished in 40.5 to share the silver medal only 2/10ths out of first. Winner Erhard Keller graciously conceded that McDermott had had the best race of the day given the conditions under which he had skated. From 1963 until 1967, Terry McDermott was a barber. In that year, however, he took a job as a manufacturer's representative in the Detroit area. He has also served as a speed skating official and at the 1980 Olympics spoke the Official's Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.6 (1964); 1000 – 1:28.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:22.1 (1968).
     

  • Richard Howard "Dick" Hunt

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA
    Affiliations: Pasadena AA, Pasadena


    Dick Hunt competed in two Winter Olympics as a speed skater but has continued to compete in sports throughout his life, moving on to cross-country skiing and cycling. Hunt retired from speed skating after failing to make the 1968 Olympic team, and focused on his career as a fireman. He retired from firefighting in 1978. But with cross-country skiing moving into the skate-style technique in the late 1970s, Hunt began cross-country skiing in 1978 and won his age group in his first race, the Boulder Mountain Ski Tour. He was hooked on the sport and was later enlisted by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to teach skating techniques to their cross-country skiers. In 1988 he was also the coach of the Korean cross-country ski team at the Calgary Olympics. Hunt started competing in Masters cross-country, winning the 1991 Masters World Cup. He was also a 10-time champion in the Great American Ski Race. In 1991 Hunt helped form the American Cross-Country Skiiers (AXCS), which broke Masters skiing away from the USSA. Settling in Bend, Oregon, Hunt has also won several Masters National Championships in cycling.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.7 (1964); 1500 – 2:10.8 (1964); 5000 – 8:03.6 (1964); 10000 – 17:29.2 (1959).

     

  • Floyd Curtis Bedbury

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 24, 1937 in Saint Paul, MM
    Died: March 25, 2011 in Falcon Heights, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    As a young boy, Floyd Bedbury wrote down his goals as winning city, state, and national championships in speed skating. He later said he didn't know about the Olympics or he would have included that as well. Bedbury competed for the Midway Skating Club and attended the University of Minnesota. But prior to college, Bedbury moved to Hamar, Norway to learn metric-style speed skating, living there in a youth hostel. He learned enough to make two US Olympic speed skating teams, and set US records in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10K races. Bedbury also competed in cycling, winning five Minnesota state road titles. After college, he became a lithographer, before retiring after 42 years. He also coached junior speed skaters with Twin City Speed Skating, a club he helped form in 1964.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1959); 1500 – 2:11.0 (1963); 5000 – 8:11.2 (1966); 10000 – 17:26.3 (1959).
     

  • Jeanne Marie Omelenchuk (Robinson-)

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: March 25, 1931 in Detroit, MI
    Died: June 26, 2008 (Aged 77) in Lapeer, MI
    Affiliations: Detroit Speed Skating Club


    Jeanne Omelenchuk won her first national title in cycling, as Jeanne Robinson, before adding speed skating titles later in the 50s. By the time women's speed skating was on the Winter Olympic program in 1960, she was somewhat past her prime, but she still made three Olympic teams, the last in 1972 as a 40-year-old. Omelenchuk graduated from Wayne State University and became an art teacher. But in 1985, she entered politics and won a seat on the Warren City Council. She served in that post for a decade, and also served four years as mayor pro tem. She would eventually be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Michigan Amateur Sports Hall of Fame, National Speedskating Hall of Fame, Wayne State University Hall of Fame, and Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.6 (1969); 1000 – 1:32.9 (1972); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1969); 3000 – 5:14.9 (1968).

     

  • Barbara Day "Barb" Lockhart

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 3, 1941 (Age 70) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club, Chicago   

     

    Barb Lockhart attended Michigan State University, and skated for the Northwest Skating Club. She made two US Olympic speed skating teams, winning the first race for women at the 1960 Olympic Trials, and placing second overall at the 1964 trials. Primarily a distance skater, she was on pace for a personal best in the 1964 Olympic 3,000 when she fell on the final lap. Lockhart settled in Provo, Utah and was chairman of the Ethics Committee for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1963); 1000 – 1:38.1 (1964), 1500 – 2:33.0 (1964), 3000 – 5:27.1 (1964).
     

  • Cornelia Kelleher Harrington

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 7, 1943 (Age 69) in Tarrytown, NY


    Cornelia Harrington was from Wayne, New Jersey, and was only 15 when she made the 1960 Winter Olympic speed skating team. She later graduated from Boston University (BU) in 1965, and earned a masters' degree in clinical psychology from that school in 1968. In 1965 she was President of the Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, and was President of the Scarlet Key Society at BU, also being chosen as the outstanding student at the school that year. She later became a clinical psychologist and ran mental health clinics.

    Personal Best: 3000 – 5:57.5 (1960)
     

  • Beverly Jean Buhr

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 16, 1941 (Age 70) in Evanston, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Beverly Buhr competed for the Northbrook Skating Club when she made the 1960 Olympic team. Buhr won the 1,500 metres at the 1960 US Olympic trials. For making the 1960 Winter Olympic team, Northbrook presented her with a gold key to the city.

    Personal Bests: 1500 – 2:55.7 (1959); 3000 – 6:03.1 (1960).
     

  • Ross Barta Zucco

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 20, 1934 in South Gate, CA
    Died: September 28, 1960 in Paramount, CA
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    Ross Zucco was a specialist in long-distance skating, competing only in the 10K at the 1960 Squaw Valley Olympics, and setting a US record in the event. He had a short career, as only a few months after the 1960 Winter Olympics, he was killed in an automobile accident by a 16-year-old drunk drag racer.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.0 (1960); 1500 – 2:21.9 (1960); 5000 – 8:17.8 (1960); 10000 – 16:37.6 (1960).
     

  • Arnold H. Uhrlass

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 19, 1931 (Age 80) in Yonkers, NY
    Affiliations: Grand Street Boys Club


    Arnold Uhrlass was primarily a speed skater, but practised cycling in the summer. As a teen, he was also a local champion in distance running and baseball. Uhrlass mainly skated in the North American circuit, only competing in two international events. A long distance specialist, he qualified for the 5 and 10k at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley. Three years later, he also appeared at the World Championships in Karuizawa (Japan). Closer to home, Uhrlass won many local and regional titles, culminating in the North American championship in 1961. As a cyclist, his greatest victories were the 1957 Tour of Somerville and the 1961 Tour of Fitchburg. Seven years later, he was picked for the Olympic track cycling pursuit team, becoming the second American Olympian to compete in both cycling and speed skating. His career ended in 1968 after a fall on the ice, breaking his leg. Uhrlass recovered, but did not return to the sport, except as a coach.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.6 (1963); 1500 – 2:13.9 (1963); 5000 – 8:10.4 (1963); 10000 – 16:49.3 (1960).
     

  • Edward John "Eddie" Rudolph, Jr.

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: August 31, 1941 in Highland Park, IL
    Died: July 19, 2009 (Aged 67) in Boulder, WY
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook


    Ed Rudolph competed twice at the Winter Olympics as a speed skater. He also competed in the World Championships in 1962 and 1963, not finishing either time in the allround, but in 1963 he did place second in the 500 metres behind Yevgeny Grishin. In 1961 he was US National champion in the speed skating omnium, and in 1962 also won the US Championship in sprint cycling. Rudolph's life later saw many highlights but many tragedies. He started The Rudolph Co., a marketing and development company in Colorado which helped develop numerous shopping centers. He also helped redevelop Colorado Springs downtown. As a philanthropist he donated many hours and dollars to help Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs build 10 new stores, and was awarded the Goodwill Guiding Light Award for his work. But personally, Rudolph witnessed the death of two infant daughters, and his five-year-old boy, Eddie IV, was killed when the car he was riding in was struck by a train. His own death also came tragically. He and his wife were driving to a wedding in western Wyoming, when they were killed in a head-on crash, when another driver swerved to avoid a deer, but failed and the car was thrown into the opposite lane, striking Rudolph's car.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.0 (1963); 1500 – 2:13.5 (1960); 3000 – 4:56.4 (1962); 5000 – 8:19.0 (1963); 10000 – 19:34.8 (1963).
     

  • Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 20, 1940 in Essexville, MI
    Affiliations: BSSC
    Medals:1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)


    In 1964 they called him the Essexville barber, and Terry McDermott won the only United States gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games. McDermott was well known as a sprinter in the United States, having won the National Indoor title in 1960 and the North American indoor in 1961. McDermott continued to be a force in the sprints through 1968. He set an American record in the 220 yards which stood for many years, and in 1968, he was again a favorite to take gold in the 500 meters at Grenoble. But on that day Terry McDermott skated late in the field, well after the ice had started to soften in the sun, and he had little chance. Amazingly, he finished in 40.5 to share the silver medal only 2/10ths out of first. Winner Erhard Keller graciously conceded that McDermott had had the best race of the day given the conditions under which he had skated. From 1963 until 1967, Terry McDermott was a barber. In that year, however, he took a job as a manufacturer's representative in the Detroit area. He has also served as a speed skating official and at the 1980 Olympics spoke the Official's Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 39.6 (1964); 1000 – 1:28.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:22.1 (1968).
     

  • Richard Howard "Dick" Hunt

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA
    Affiliations: Pasadena AA, Pasadena


    Dick Hunt competed in two Winter Olympics as a speed skater but has continued to compete in sports throughout his life, moving on to cross-country skiing and cycling. Hunt retired from speed skating after failing to make the 1968 Olympic team, and focused on his career as a fireman. He retired from firefighting in 1978. But with cross-country skiing moving into the skate-style technique in the late 1970s, Hunt began cross-country skiing in 1978 and won his age group in his first race, the Boulder Mountain Ski Tour. He was hooked on the sport and was later enlisted by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to teach skating techniques to their cross-country skiers. In 1988 he was also the coach of the Korean cross-country ski team at the Calgary Olympics. Hunt started competing in Masters cross-country, winning the 1991 Masters World Cup. He was also a 10-time champion in the Great American Ski Race. In 1991 Hunt helped form the American Cross-Country Skiiers (AXCS), which broke Masters skiing away from the USSA. Settling in Bend, Oregon, Hunt has also won several Masters National Championships in cycling.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.7 (1964); 1500 – 2:10.8 (1964); 5000 – 8:03.6 (1964); 10000 – 17:29.2 (1959).

     

  • Floyd Curtis Bedbury

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 24, 1937 in Saint Paul, MM
    Died: March 25, 2011 in Falcon Heights, MN
    Affiliations: Midway SC, Saint Paul


    As a young boy, Floyd Bedbury wrote down his goals as winning city, state, and national championships in speed skating. He later said he didn't know about the Olympics or he would have included that as well. Bedbury competed for the Midway Skating Club and attended the University of Minnesota. But prior to college, Bedbury moved to Hamar, Norway to learn metric-style speed skating, living there in a youth hostel. He learned enough to make two US Olympic speed skating teams, and set US records in the 1,500, 5,000, and 10K races. Bedbury also competed in cycling, winning five Minnesota state road titles. After college, he became a lithographer, before retiring after 42 years. He also coached junior speed skaters with Twin City Speed Skating, a club he helped form in 1964.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1959); 1500 – 2:11.0 (1963); 5000 – 8:11.2 (1966); 10000 – 17:26.3 (1959).
     

  • William Ambrose "Bill" Carow

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 9, 1924 in Duluth, MN
    Died: November 24, 2011 (Aged 87) in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Bill Carow played center on the football team at Madison Central High School, helping them win a Wisconsin state title. After high school he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps serving as a pilot on the B-24 bomber. He flew 50 missions and then was returned to the US to train pilots until the end of the war. Carow was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 10 Air Medals, The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After World War II, Bill Carow attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in education and briefly worked as a teacher, but Carow mostly worked as a fireman, serving for over 40 years with the Madison Fire Department. Carow began skating competitively at age 12, and resumed the sport after the War, despite working a full-time job and raising a family. He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.3 (1969); 1500 – 2:23.0 (1959); 5000 – 10:53.8 (1956).
     

  • Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 7, 1929 in Bronx, NY
    Affiliations: Grossinger Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Like many other American speed skaters of the 40s and 50s, Don McDermott never won a national title, because they were totally monopolized by Ken Bartholomew. But McDermott won his share of races. His first big title came at the 1949 Silver Skates in Madison Square Garden, and in the next two years he won several other invitational races and the Chicago Silver Skates. At the 1952 Olympics, he finished second behind fellow American Ken Henry. McDermott also competed in the 1956 Olympics, but without much success. After his Oslo silver medal, his biggest competitive moment came in the 1955 World Championships, when he finished third in the 500 meters. At the 1960 Olympics, McDermott was chosen by the U.S. team to carry the flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies. McDermott’s career was with the U.S. Postal Service, for whom he has held various management positions.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1959); 1500 – 2:18.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:50.0 (1956).
     

  • Arthur Matthew "Art" Longsjo, Jr.

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 23, 1931 in Fitchburg, MA
    Died: September 16, 1958 (Aged 26) in Burlington, VT
    Affiliations: Leominster Recreation Club


    Art Longsjo started out as a speed skater in his native Fitchburg, Massachusetts, but moved to San Francisco in the early 1950s for one year, where he started cycling. After returning to Fitchburg he worked at the General Electric plant and began competing in cycling, while continuing his speed skating career. He won the 1953 state cycling championship, despite a leaky tire he had developed while riding for 1½ hours to get to the meet, as he had no car. His first major victory came in 1954 in a 170-mile road race from Québec City to Montréal, for which he was named the Canadian Cyclist of the Year.

    In 1956 Longsjo made the Winter Olympic team for speed skating despite not being able to compete in the Eastern Olympic Trials because of a sprained knee he sustained while training for the event. The USOC granted him the waiver to the final trials because he had won 9 of 11 national-level events in 1954-55. Longsjo’s speed skating efforts in Cortina d’Ampezzo were hampered when he developed the flu shortly before his 5,000 metre event, in which he placed 40th. That summer, Longsjo won almost every cycling race he entered, including the Canadian road race when he launched a single-man breakaway over the steep Mount Savage climb with 80 miles remaining in the race, and he was never caught. He made the Olympic cycling team by finishing second in the road race time trial, although he was then placed in the team pursuit event. By competing in cycling in Melbourne in 1956, Longsjo became the first American, and thru 2010, the only one, to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year.

    After breaking a leg and missing the 1957 season, Longsjo dominated the American cycling scene in 1958, winning virtually every race, including the Tour du St. Laurent stage race in Canada, the prestigious Tour of Somerville, and another win in the Québec-Montréal race. After that race, he began the drive back to Fitchburg with a friend driving while he slept in the passenger seat. Late in the evening, on a wet, winding road in northern Vermont, the driver swerved and crashed into a utility pole. Art Longsjo died from injuries sustained in the accident. In his honor, his hometown began a cycling race which remains one of the top races in the United States. It began in 1960 as the Longsjo Memorial Race, later renamed to the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic in 1980, although it is often called simply the Tour of Fitchburg.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1956); 1500 – 2:22.1 (1956); 5000 – 8:40.0 (1956).
     

  • William Ambrose "Bill" Carow

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 9, 1924 in Duluth, MN
    Died: November 24, 2011 (Aged 87) in Madison, WI
    Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis


    Bill Carow played center on the football team at Madison Central High School, helping them win a Wisconsin state title. After high school he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps serving as a pilot on the B-24 bomber. He flew 50 missions and then was returned to the US to train pilots until the end of the war. Carow was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 10 Air Medals, The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After World War II, Bill Carow attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in education and briefly worked as a teacher, but Carow mostly worked as a fireman, serving for over 40 years with the Madison Fire Department. Carow began skating competitively at age 12, and resumed the sport after the War, despite working a full-time job and raising a family. He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.3 (1969); 1500 – 2:23.0 (1959); 5000 – 10:53.8 (1956).
     

  • Eugene Myron "Gene" Sandvig

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 8, 1931 (Age 81) in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Bearcat Speedskating Club


    Gene Sandvig was a top athlete at Gustavua Adolphus College, where he played football as a fullback, graduating in 1957. As a speed skater Sandvig was North American all-around champion in 1958. He later served on the administrative side of the sport, as a delegate to the US Olympic Congress for 10 years, as general manager of the 1976 Olympic speed skating, and as a member of the Technical Committee of the ISU. He served as an international speed skating referee at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics. After college, he taught and coached in the Minneapolis school system for 12 years, but later joined the Advance Machine Company, moving up to the position of national service manager. Both Sandvig's sister Connie and his daughter Susan competed in speed skating at the national level, with Connie's daughter, Amy Peterson, competing in four Winter Olympics in short-track.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.8 (1960); 1500 – 2:16.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:25.5 (1956).
     

  • Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 7, 1929 in Bronx, NY
    Affiliations: Grossinger Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Like many other American speed skaters of the 40s and 50s, Don McDermott never won a national title, because they were totally monopolized by Ken Bartholomew. But McDermott won his share of races. His first big title came at the 1949 Silver Skates in Madison Square Garden, and in the next two years he won several other invitational races and the Chicago Silver Skates. At the 1952 Olympics, he finished second behind fellow American Ken Henry. McDermott also competed in the 1956 Olympics, but without much success. After his Oslo silver medal, his biggest competitive moment came in the 1955 World Championships, when he finished third in the 500 meters. At the 1960 Olympics, McDermott was chosen by the U.S. team to carry the flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies. McDermott’s career was with the U.S. Postal Service, for whom he has held various management positions.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1959); 1500 – 2:18.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:50.0 (1956).
     

  • John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 8, 1924 in Saint Paul, MN
    Died: June 4, 2010 (Aged 85) in Sun City West, AZ
    Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club


    Johnny Werket was, until Eric Heiden, the American man who had won the most medals in speed skating at the World Championships. In 1948 he won the distance gold in the 1,500 m, a silver in the 500, and placed second overall, the highest US all-around placing until Heiden. He repeated his distance medals at the 1949 World Championships. In 1950, he won gold in both the 500 and 1,500, placing third in all-around. In 1952, his final Worlds, he won silver medals in both the 500 and 1,500, giving him 10 World Championship medals in all. Werket was of Norwegian descent, and after the 1948 Worlds, the US team competed in Hamar, Norway. There, Werket met a 16-year-old Norwegian girl, Vesla Bekkevoll. They became pen pals, and it later developed into a romance, as they married in 1951 in Minneapolis. Werket attended Augsburg College, graduating in 1949, and skated for the Powderhorn Skating Club. Werket later became a speed skating coach, first with the Richfield Skating Club, and then with US National Teams, including the 1972 Olympic team, and coaching Heiden briefly in 1975. He worked for 31 years with Northern States Power, eventually moving up to an executive position, before retiring in 1983. He and his wife retired to Sun City, Arizona where they both play tennis, Vesla Werket at a high-level in age-group competition.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.0 (1956); 1500 – 2:16.1 (1956); 5000 – 8:44.6 (1950); 10000 – 18:10.2 (1950).
     

  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 7, 1929 in Chicago, IL
    Died: March 1, 2009 (Aged 80) in Lake Bluff, IL
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Gold


    Ken Henry was the first American to win an Olympic and a World Championship in speed skating. Henry actually twice won the World 500 meter championship, in 1949 and 1952, placing fourth in the overall championship in both years. In 1952 he added his Olympic gold medal in the short sprint. Henry also competed in the 1948 and 1956 Olympics without winning a medal. Ken Henry holds the distinction of being the first American Olympic athlete to light the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremony. This occurred in 1960 at Squaw Valley when he was handed the torch by skiing gold medalist, Andrea Mead Lawrence. Henry circled the ice rink before lighting the Olympic Flame. In 1968, Henry's Olympic connection continued when he was the head coach of the U.S. speed skating team. Henry stayed involved in sports with his job – for many years he was a golf professional at a club in a Chicago suburb. Henry attended Northern Illinois University where he majored in physical education and played on the golf team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.1 (1949); 1500 – 2:21.9 (1949); 5000 – 8:38.0 (1950); 10000 – 17:48.1 (1949).
     

     

  • Eugene Myron "Gene" Sandvig

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 8, 1931 (Age 81) in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Bearcat Speedskating Club


    Gene Sandvig was a top athlete at Gustavua Adolphus College, where he played football as a fullback, graduating in 1957. As a speed skater Sandvig was North American all-around champion in 1958. He later served on the administrative side of the sport, as a delegate to the US Olympic Congress for 10 years, as general manager of the 1976 Olympic speed skating, and as a member of the Technical Committee of the ISU. He served as an international speed skating referee at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics. After college, he taught and coached in the Minneapolis school system for 12 years, but later joined the Advance Machine Company, moving up to the position of national service manager. Both Sandvig's sister Connie and his daughter Susan competed in speed skating at the national level, with Connie's daughter, Amy Peterson, competing in four Winter Olympics in short-track.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.8 (1960); 1500 – 2:16.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:25.5 (1956).
     

  • Donald Joseph "Don" McDermott

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 7, 1929 in Bronx, NY
    Affiliations: Grossinger Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Like many other American speed skaters of the 40s and 50s, Don McDermott never won a national title, because they were totally monopolized by Ken Bartholomew. But McDermott won his share of races. His first big title came at the 1949 Silver Skates in Madison Square Garden, and in the next two years he won several other invitational races and the Chicago Silver Skates. At the 1952 Olympics, he finished second behind fellow American Ken Henry. McDermott also competed in the 1956 Olympics, but without much success. After his Oslo silver medal, his biggest competitive moment came in the 1955 World Championships, when he finished third in the 500 meters. At the 1960 Olympics, McDermott was chosen by the U.S. team to carry the flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies. McDermott’s career was with the U.S. Postal Service, for whom he has held various management positions.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 40.5 (1959); 1500 – 2:18.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:50.0 (1956).
     

  • Charles William "Chuck" Burke

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 8, 1930 in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: Northbrook Speed Skating Club/U.S. Army


    Chuck Burke grew up skating, competing in figure skating, speed skating, and barrel jumping, but he settled on speed skating as his best discipline. He was at his best in long distance events, and competed in the 5 and 10K at both the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics. Burke then became a skating coach, spending 35 years in that career, and developing multiple US and North American champions, and over 15 members of US International teams. The Chuck Burke Award is given annually to the male skater posting the fastest time in the 1,000 at the Northbrook Open Short-Track Championships.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.1 (1956); 1500 – 2:23.5 (1956); 5000 – 8:43.1 (1956); 10000 – 18:18.1 (1956).
     

  • Alfred George "Al" Broadhurst

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: July 11, 1927 in Boston, MA
    Affiliations: BSSC
     

    Broadhurst won the 1948 North American short-track championship. He competed alongside his brother, Frank, in many races. Al Broadhurst also competed in cycling, winning the 1951 US omnium championship. Broadhurst grew up in Roslindale, near Boston, Massachusetts.

     
    Personal Bests: 500 – 46.6 (1952); 1500 – 2:26.5 (1952); 5000 – 9:03.2 (1952); 10000 – 18:44.2 (1952).

  • John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 8, 1924 in Saint Paul, MN
    Died: June 4, 2010 (Aged 85) in Sun City West, AZ
    Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club


    Johnny Werket was, until Eric Heiden, the American man who had won the most medals in speed skating at the World Championships. In 1948 he won the distance gold in the 1,500 m, a silver in the 500, and placed second overall, the highest US all-around placing until Heiden. He repeated his distance medals at the 1949 World Championships. In 1950, he won gold in both the 500 and 1,500, placing third in all-around. In 1952, his final Worlds, he won silver medals in both the 500 and 1,500, giving him 10 World Championship medals in all. Werket was of Norwegian descent, and after the 1948 Worlds, the US team competed in Hamar, Norway. There, Werket met a 16-year-old Norwegian girl, Vesla Bekkevoll. They became pen pals, and it later developed into a romance, as they married in 1951 in Minneapolis. Werket attended Augsburg College, graduating in 1949, and skated for the Powderhorn Skating Club. Werket later became a speed skating coach, first with the Richfield Skating Club, and then with US National Teams, including the 1972 Olympic team, and coaching Heiden briefly in 1975. He worked for 31 years with Northern States Power, eventually moving up to an executive position, before retiring in 1983. He and his wife retired to Sun City, Arizona where they both play tennis, Vesla Werket at a high-level in age-group competition.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.0 (1956); 1500 – 2:16.1 (1956); 5000 – 8:44.6 (1950); 10000 – 18:10.2 (1950).
     

  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 7, 1929 in Chicago, IL
    Died: March 1, 2009 (Aged 80) in Lake Bluff, IL
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Gold


    Ken Henry was the first American to win an Olympic and a World Championship in speed skating. Henry actually twice won the World 500 meter championship, in 1949 and 1952, placing fourth in the overall championship in both years. In 1952 he added his Olympic gold medal in the short sprint. Henry also competed in the 1948 and 1956 Olympics without winning a medal. Ken Henry holds the distinction of being the first American Olympic athlete to light the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremony. This occurred in 1960 at Squaw Valley when he was handed the torch by skiing gold medalist, Andrea Mead Lawrence. Henry circled the ice rink before lighting the Olympic Flame. In 1968, Henry's Olympic connection continued when he was the head coach of the U.S. speed skating team. Henry stayed involved in sports with his job – for many years he was a golf professional at a club in a Chicago suburb. Henry attended Northern Illinois University where he majored in physical education and played on the golf team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.1 (1949); 1500 – 2:21.9 (1949); 5000 – 8:38.0 (1950); 10000 – 17:48.1 (1949).
     

     

  • Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN
    Died: April 22, 2005 (Aged 81) in Luverne, MN
    Affiliations: Powderhorn Ski Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Bobby Fitzgerald never won a national speed skating title because they were dominated by Ken Bartholomew, although he won the North American title in 1946. In 1948 he tied Bartholomew in the 500m at the St. Moritz Olympics, and they shared the silver medal. Fitzgerald also competed on the 1952 Olympic team. During his career, he set three national records. Enlisted in the US Army during World War II, he was discharged for medical reasons in 1944. He recovered after visiting a chiropractor, and decided to become one himself. He had his own practice by 1952, when he competed in his second Olympics, and continued to run it until suffering a stroke in 1998. During his professional career, he was regularly in dispute with other chiropractors, opposing the application of "unpure" chiropractic.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.1 (1948); 1500 – 2:27.0 (1948); 5000 – 9:28.1 (1948).
     

  • Louis “Sonny” Rupprecht

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: December 27, 1925 and died on April 5, 2000
     
    He skated in the 5000m (placed 21st) and 10,000m (placed 17th) races in St. Moritz, Switerland in 1948.
  • John Roland "Johnny" Werket

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 8, 1924 in Saint Paul, MN
    Died: June 4, 2010 (Aged 85) in Sun City West, AZ
    Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club


    Johnny Werket was, until Eric Heiden, the American man who had won the most medals in speed skating at the World Championships. In 1948 he won the distance gold in the 1,500 m, a silver in the 500, and placed second overall, the highest US all-around placing until Heiden. He repeated his distance medals at the 1949 World Championships. In 1950, he won gold in both the 500 and 1,500, placing third in all-around. In 1952, his final Worlds, he won silver medals in both the 500 and 1,500, giving him 10 World Championship medals in all. Werket was of Norwegian descent, and after the 1948 Worlds, the US team competed in Hamar, Norway. There, Werket met a 16-year-old Norwegian girl, Vesla Bekkevoll. They became pen pals, and it later developed into a romance, as they married in 1951 in Minneapolis. Werket attended Augsburg College, graduating in 1949, and skated for the Powderhorn Skating Club. Werket later became a speed skating coach, first with the Richfield Skating Club, and then with US National Teams, including the 1972 Olympic team, and coaching Heiden briefly in 1975. He worked for 31 years with Northern States Power, eventually moving up to an executive position, before retiring in 1983. He and his wife retired to Sun City, Arizona where they both play tennis, Vesla Werket at a high-level in age-group competition.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.0 (1956); 1500 – 2:16.1 (1956); 5000 – 8:44.6 (1950); 10000 – 18:10.2 (1950).
     

  • Richard Earl "Buddy" Solem

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 21, 1926 in Chicago, IL
    Died: August 6, 2007 (Aged 81) in Scottsdale, AZ
    Affiliations: Chicago CYO, Chicago


    Buddy Solem grew up in the Chicago Public School system, and competed for the Chicago CYO at the 1948 Winter Olympics. He was coached by his father, Earl Solem, who was at one time President of the Illinois Skating Association. A long-distance specialist, Solem competed in the 5 and 10K in St. Moritz. Unfortunately in the 10K he was off in one of the last pairs, and warm sun had melted the ice by then. Several skaters dropped out, and others refused to start, but Solem gamely hung on to finish the race, although his time of 26:22.4 gives him the ignominious honor of posting the slowest time ever in the Olympics 10K.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.5 (1948); 1500 – 2:33.2 (1950); 5000 – 9:02.9 (1948); 10000 – 26:22.4 (1948).
     

  • Arthur Francis "Art" Seaman

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 17, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN
    Died: September 10, 2007 (Aged 84) in Minneapolis, MN
    Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club


    Art Seaman was a Minneapolis native who represented the Powderhorn Speedskating Club. He began skating at only five at Longfellow Park in Minneapolis. Seaman also became a well-known local dancer, and worked various odd jobs, being described as a jack-of-all-trades. A documentary movie was made of life and Olympic experience, entitled "Skating the Pacific to Europe", which detailed how he danced and skated his way to Europe for the Olympics. It was one of five award-winning films at the 2007 MNHS MGG (Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota’s Greatest Generation) Moving Pictures Festival.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.0 (1948); 10000 – 21:34.8 (1948).
     

  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Henry

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 7, 1929 in Chicago, IL
    Died: March 1, 2009 (Aged 80) in Lake Bluff, IL
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Gold


    Ken Henry was the first American to win an Olympic and a World Championship in speed skating. Henry actually twice won the World 500 meter championship, in 1949 and 1952, placing fourth in the overall championship in both years. In 1952 he added his Olympic gold medal in the short sprint. Henry also competed in the 1948 and 1956 Olympics without winning a medal. Ken Henry holds the distinction of being the first American Olympic athlete to light the Olympic Flame at the Opening Ceremony. This occurred in 1960 at Squaw Valley when he was handed the torch by skiing gold medalist, Andrea Mead Lawrence. Henry circled the ice rink before lighting the Olympic Flame. In 1968, Henry's Olympic connection continued when he was the head coach of the U.S. speed skating team. Henry stayed involved in sports with his job – for many years he was a golf professional at a club in a Chicago suburb. Henry attended Northern Illinois University where he majored in physical education and played on the golf team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.1 (1949); 1500 – 2:21.9 (1949); 5000 – 8:38.0 (1950); 10000 – 17:48.1 (1949).
     

     

  • Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, MN
    Died: April 22, 2005 (Aged 81) in Luverne, MN
    Affiliations: Powderhorn Ski Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Bobby Fitzgerald never won a national speed skating title because they were dominated by Ken Bartholomew, although he won the North American title in 1946. In 1948 he tied Bartholomew in the 500m at the St. Moritz Olympics, and they shared the silver medal. Fitzgerald also competed on the 1952 Olympic team. During his career, he set three national records. Enlisted in the US Army during World War II, he was discharged for medical reasons in 1944. He recovered after visiting a chiropractor, and decided to become one himself. He had his own practice by 1952, when he competed in his second Olympics, and continued to run it until suffering a stroke in 1998. During his professional career, he was regularly in dispute with other chiropractors, opposing the application of "unpure" chiropractic.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.1 (1948); 1500 – 2:27.0 (1948); 5000 – 9:28.1 (1948).
     

  • Raymond Edward "Ray" Blum

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: April 11, 1919 in Nutley, NJ
    Died: May 5, 2010 (Aged 91) in Little Falls, NJ
    Affiliations: Paterson Skating Club


    Ray Blum competed for the Paterson Skating Club, but excelled in both speed skating and cycling. He began cycling at the Nutley Velodrome, where he trained prior to being drafted and transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Station. After serving in World War II, Blum attended the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), graduating with an engineering degree in 1950. But he continued to compete in both sports, winning the US Cycling Omnium Championship in 1949, and in speed skating, he tied for first at the 1950 North American outdoor championships and 1952 North American indoor championship. He is a member of the NJIT Highlanders' Hall of Fame and the US Speedskating Hall of Fame. Blum and his wife later settled in Downey, California where he continued to ride bikes and race some into his 70s.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.7 (1948); 1500 – 2:23.4 (1948); 5000 – 8:54.4 (1948).
     

  • Kenneth Eldred "Ken" Bartholomew

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 10, 1920 (Age 92) in Leonard, ND
    Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club
    Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


    Ken Bartholomew won more national speed skating championships than any other American. He was the United States' National Outdoor Champion 14 times – in 1939, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950-57, 1959, and 1960. He also won the North American Outdoor Championship in 1941, 1942, and 1956. In 1948, he and teammate Bobby Fitzgerald tied for the silver medal in the 500m with a time of 43.2 seconds. After retiring from competition, Bartholomew promoted youth programs in speed skating, and worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell. He was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1959 and the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1968.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1948); 1500 – 2:26.8 (1948).
     

  • Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 22, 1914 in Milwaukee, WI
    Died: September 25, 2010 (Aged 95) in Franklin, WI
    Affiliations: Wisconsin Skating Association


    Del Lamb competed at the Winter Olympics both before and after World War II. In 1948 he was working for the Milwaukee Fire Department and when he went to St. Moritz for the Olympics, he lost his job. Lamb was a rare American speedskater in that era as he won medals at the World Championships, also both before and after the war. In 1936 he won a distance gold in the 500 m at the Worlds, and in 1950, he won a distance silver in the 500. Lamb coached the 1956 US Olympic speed skating team. In 1948 he ran for and became sheriff of Milwaukee, serving in that post until 1958, when he lost the election. He also ran Del Lamb's Sport and Cycle Shop in Milwaukee. In 1960 Lamb was the Chief Starter for speed skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.6 (1936); 1500 – 2:25.5 (1948); 5000 – 8:54.5 (1936).
     

  • Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 22, 1914 in Milwaukee, WI
    Died: September 25, 2010 (Aged 95) in Franklin, WI
    Affiliations: Wisconsin Skating Association


    Del Lamb competed at the Winter Olympics both before and after World War II. In 1948 he was working for the Milwaukee Fire Department and when he went to St. Moritz for the Olympics, he lost his job. Lamb was a rare American speedskater in that era as he won medals at the World Championships, also both before and after the war. In 1936 he won a distance gold in the 500 m at the Worlds, and in 1950, he won a distance silver in the 500. Lamb coached the 1956 US Olympic speed skating team. In 1948 he ran for and became sheriff of Milwaukee, serving in that post until 1958, when he lost the election. He also ran Del Lamb's Sport and Cycle Shop in Milwaukee. In 1960 Lamb was the Chief Starter for speed skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.6 (1936); 1500 – 2:25.5 (1948); 5000 – 8:54.5 (1936).
     

  • Leonhard "Leo" Freisinger

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 7, 1916 in Chicago, IL
    Died: August 29, 1985 (Aged 69) in Mission Viejo, CA
    Affiliations: Chicago CYO, Chicago
    Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


    The 1936 bronze medal was really the first major breakthrough for Leo Freisinger. Only 19 when he won the medal, his greatest years came after the Garmisch Olympics. In 1937 and 1938 he was U.S. National Indoor champion and in 1940 he was National and North American Outdoor champion. Also in 1938, at a meet in Davos, Switzerland, Freisinger broke the world record for 500 meters then held by the Norwegian, Hans Engnestangen. The record was not ratified because, skating in the next pair, Engnestangen beat Freisinger's time to regain the record. Leo Freisinger was also selected to represent the United States in the 1940 Olympics – which were never held. For a speed skater, Freisinger had a very unusual career – he became a figure skater in professional ice shows, although he also did some barrel jumping. Freisinger was later head coach of the 1964 Olympic speed skating team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.9 (1938); 1500 – 2:18.9 (1938); 5000 – 8:41.4 (1938).
     

  • Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 20, 1911 in Chicago, IL
    Died: December 1, 2005 (Aged 94) in Tucson, AZ
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club


    Eddie Schroeder attended Tilden Tech in Chicago and made three US Olympic speed skating teams, competing in 1932 and 1936, and making the 1940 team. Schroeder was North American All-around Champion in 1934. He was one of the first Americans to win medals at the World Championships, taking a distance gold in the 10K in 1933, silvers in the 1932 and 1936 5K, and an all-around bronze in 1936, adding another distance bronze in the 1933 5,000 m. He later served as a coach for the 1960 US Olympic speed skating team. Schroeder is a member of the US Speedskating Hall of Fame. He stayed involved in the Olympic Movement by carrying the Olympic Torch prior to both the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:21.0 (1933); 5000 – 8:29.8 (1933); 10000 – 17:27.9 (1933).
     

     

  • Delbert Thomas "Del" Lamb

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: October 22, 1914 in Milwaukee, WI
    Died: September 25, 2010 (Aged 95) in Franklin, WI
    Affiliations: Wisconsin Skating Association


    Del Lamb competed at the Winter Olympics both before and after World War II. In 1948 he was working for the Milwaukee Fire Department and when he went to St. Moritz for the Olympics, he lost his job. Lamb was a rare American speedskater in that era as he won medals at the World Championships, also both before and after the war. In 1936 he won a distance gold in the 500 m at the Worlds, and in 1950, he won a distance silver in the 500. Lamb coached the 1956 US Olympic speed skating team. In 1948 he ran for and became sheriff of Milwaukee, serving in that post until 1958, when he lost the election. He also ran Del Lamb's Sport and Cycle Shop in Milwaukee. In 1960 Lamb was the Chief Starter for speed skating at the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics. He is a member of the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.6 (1936); 1500 – 2:25.5 (1948); 5000 – 8:54.5 (1936).
     

  • Leonhard "Leo" Freisinger

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 7, 1916 in Chicago, IL
    Died: August 29, 1985 (Aged 69) in Mission Viejo, CA
    Affiliations: Chicago CYO, Chicago
    Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


    The 1936 bronze medal was really the first major breakthrough for Leo Freisinger. Only 19 when he won the medal, his greatest years came after the Garmisch Olympics. In 1937 and 1938 he was U.S. National Indoor champion and in 1940 he was National and North American Outdoor champion. Also in 1938, at a meet in Davos, Switzerland, Freisinger broke the world record for 500 meters then held by the Norwegian, Hans Engnestangen. The record was not ratified because, skating in the next pair, Engnestangen beat Freisinger's time to regain the record. Leo Freisinger was also selected to represent the United States in the 1940 Olympics – which were never held. For a speed skater, Freisinger had a very unusual career – he became a figure skater in professional ice shows, although he also did some barrel jumping. Freisinger was later head coach of the 1964 Olympic speed skating team.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 41.9 (1938); 1500 – 2:18.9 (1938); 5000 – 8:41.4 (1938).
     

  • Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 20, 1911 in Chicago, IL
    Died: December 1, 2005 (Aged 94) in Tucson, AZ
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club


    Eddie Schroeder attended Tilden Tech in Chicago and made three US Olympic speed skating teams, competing in 1932 and 1936, and making the 1940 team. Schroeder was North American All-around Champion in 1934. He was one of the first Americans to win medals at the World Championships, taking a distance gold in the 10K in 1933, silvers in the 1932 and 1936 5K, and an all-around bronze in 1936, adding another distance bronze in the 1933 5,000 m. He later served as a coach for the 1960 US Olympic speed skating team. Schroeder is a member of the US Speedskating Hall of Fame. He stayed involved in the Olympic Movement by carrying the Olympic Torch prior to both the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:21.0 (1933); 5000 – 8:29.8 (1933); 10000 – 17:27.9 (1933).
     

     

  • Allan Wilson Potts

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 14, 1904 in Brooklyn, NY
    Died: November 5, 1952 in New York, NY
    Affiliations: Brooklyn Ice Palace, New York


    Allan Potts was the son of Robert Potts, a pioneer in US speed skating. Allan began competed in speed skating when he was only nine, and had one of the longest careers of any American. In 1924, he finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Championships in all-around, and in 1940, he competed in the US Olympic Trials, although he was not selected for his third Olympic team. During his career, he won over 20 major competitions, including the 1928 National Indoors, and he was Mid-Atlantic Champion in both 1934-35. At the 1932 World Championships, Potts placed third in the 500 metres. His career was operating a service station in Elmhurst, Queens. Potts died as he probably wished to, collapsing with a heart attack while skating at the New York City Rink.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1936); 5000 – 9:50.6 (1932); 10000 – 20:26.8 (1932).
     

  • Edward S. "Eddie" Murphy

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 1, 1905 in La Crosse, WI
    Died: September 20, 1973 (Aged 68) in Bellwood, IL
    Medals: 1 Silver


    A Wisconsin native, Murphy moved to Chicago as a child and lived there most of his life. He competed in North America for most of his life, only travelling to Europe once, for the 1928 Olympics. There he competed in three events, with his best placement being fifth in the 1,500. Four years later, he took advantage of the North American packstyle being used in the Games to win a silver medal in the 5,000 m, the highlight of his career. In North American competition, his best result was a third place in the "World Outdoor Championships" of 1925. In 1932, Murphy also made an appearance in the official World Championships - held in Lake Placid after the Olympics - but achieved poor marks.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.9 (1928); 1500 – 2:25.9 (1928); 5000 – 9:13.0 (1928); 10000 – 20:06.2 (1932).

  • John Amos "Jack" Shea

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 7, 1910 in Lake Placid, NY
    Died: January 22, 2002 (Aged 91) in Saranac Lake, NY
    Affiliations: Dartmouth Big Green, Hanover
    Related Olympians: Father of Jim Shea; Grandfather of Jim Shea, Jr..
    Medals: 2 Gold


    Taking time off from his senior year at Dartmouth College to compete in the Olympics, Jack Shea came home to a hero's welcome in his hometown of Lake Placid. The local fans were expecting big things from Shea and he would not disappoint them. Shortly after the opening ceremonies, the heats of the 500 meters began and Shea easily qualified for the final. He won that final and the next day 5 February he added a second gold medal when he took the 1,500 meter event. Jack Shea was no stranger to winning speed skating races. He had been 1929 U.S. National and 1930 North American champion. Still, he competed very little after the Olympics and it remains his finest moment in sports. Shea settled in his hometown of Lake Placid. He went on to become town manager and when the tiny hamlet again was awarded the Olympic Winter Games, Jack Shea helped out and served as a key figure on the organizing committee for the 1980 Games. Shea’s son, Jim Shea, competed in the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics in cross-country skiing. His grandson, Jim Shea, Jr., competed at the 2002 Winter Olympics and won a gold medal in the skeleton event. Sadly, Jack Shea had planned on watching his grandson compete in Salt Lake, but was killed in a car accident shortly before the Games began.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.0 (1931); 1500 – 2:25.2 (1931).
     

  • Edward Julius "Eddie" Schroeder

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 20, 1911 in Chicago, IL
    Died: December 1, 2005 (Aged 94) in Tucson, AZ
    Affiliations: Northwest Skating Club


    Eddie Schroeder attended Tilden Tech in Chicago and made three US Olympic speed skating teams, competing in 1932 and 1936, and making the 1940 team. Schroeder was North American All-around Champion in 1934. He was one of the first Americans to win medals at the World Championships, taking a distance gold in the 10K in 1933, silvers in the 1932 and 1936 5K, and an all-around bronze in 1936, adding another distance bronze in the 1933 5,000 m. He later served as a coach for the 1960 US Olympic speed skating team. Schroeder is a member of the US Speedskating Hall of Fame. He stayed involved in the Olympic Movement by carrying the Olympic Torch prior to both the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:21.0 (1933); 5000 – 8:29.8 (1933); 10000 – 17:27.9 (1933).
     

     

  • Allan Wilson Potts

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 14, 1904 in Brooklyn, NY
    Died: November 5, 1952 in New York, NY
    Affiliations: Brooklyn Ice Palace, New York


    Allan Potts was the son of Robert Potts, a pioneer in US speed skating. Allan began competed in speed skating when he was only nine, and had one of the longest careers of any American. In 1924, he finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Championships in all-around, and in 1940, he competed in the US Olympic Trials, although he was not selected for his third Olympic team. During his career, he won over 20 major competitions, including the 1928 National Indoors, and he was Mid-Atlantic Champion in both 1934-35. At the 1932 World Championships, Potts placed third in the 500 metres. His career was operating a service station in Elmhurst, Queens. Potts died as he probably wished to, collapsing with a heart attack while skating at the New York City Rink.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1936); 5000 – 9:50.6 (1932); 10000 – 20:26.8 (1932).
     

  • Raymond V. "Ray" Murray

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 14, 1910 in New York, NY
    Died: March 9, 1960 (Aged 49) in Ridgewood, NJ


    Ray Murray was US Intermediate speed skating champion in 1929, and in 1930 won the New York State indoor senior crown. He was Middle Atlantic indoor champion in 1931. His only international appearances came in 1932, when he competed in the Lake Placid Olympics, and the subsequently held World Championships. In the Olympics, he qualified for the final of the 1500, in which he placed fifth. Murray died at age 49, following a heart attack.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.6 (1932); 1500 – 2:36.8 (1932); 5000 – 9:29.4 (1932); 10000 – 19:31.9 (1932).
     

  • Edward S. "Eddie" Murphy

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 1, 1905 in La Crosse, WI
    Died: September 20, 1973 (Aged 68) in Bellwood, IL
    Medals: 1 Silver


    A Wisconsin native, Murphy moved to Chicago as a child and lived there most of his life. He competed in North America for most of his life, only travelling to Europe once, for the 1928 Olympics. There he competed in three events, with his best placement being fifth in the 1,500. Four years later, he took advantage of the North American packstyle being used in the Games to win a silver medal in the 5,000 m, the highlight of his career. In North American competition, his best result was a third place in the "World Outdoor Championships" of 1925. In 1932, Murphy also made an appearance in the official World Championships - held in Lake Placid after the Olympics - but achieved poor marks.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.9 (1928); 1500 – 2:25.9 (1928); 5000 – 9:13.0 (1928); 10000 – 20:06.2 (1932).

  • Irving Warren Jaffee

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 15, 1906 in New York, NY
    Died: March 20, 1981 (Aged 74) in San Diego, CA
    Affiliations: Amateur Skating Union
    Medals: 2 Gold


    Irv Jaffee's first important title was the Silver Skates two-mile in 1926. On the strength of this, and several American records in 1927, he was considered an excellent prospect for a medal at the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz. Jaffee finished fourth that year in the 5,000 meters, but his best chance was thought to be in the 10,000. Paired with 1927 world champion Bernt Evensen, Jaffee matched his strides for six miles and then out-kicked him to take the lead in the event. But the weather was warm, and the outdoor rink was beginning to soften and gradually melt. A few pairs later, the event was called off, the results voided, and Jaffee was denied any medal although several skaters, including Evensen, protested to the officials that Jaffee should be declared the champion. In 1932 Jaffee qualified again for the Olympic team and this time fared much better. Skating in the more familiar American pack style, Jaffee outkicked the field twice to win the 5,000 and 10,000 meter titles. Jaffee later went on to become winter sports director at the Grossinger resort in New York and also coached several U.S. Olympic speed skaters.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.2 (1928); 1500 – 2:26.7 (1928); 5000 – 8:42.2 (1928); 10000 – 18:36.5 (1928).
     

  • Raymond V. "Ray" Murray

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: June 14, 1910 in New York, NY
    Died: March 9, 1960 (Aged 49) in Ridgewood, NJ


    Ray Murray was US Intermediate speed skating champion in 1929, and in 1930 won the New York State indoor senior crown. He was Middle Atlantic indoor champion in 1931. His only international appearances came in 1932, when he competed in the Lake Placid Olympics, and the subsequently held World Championships. In the Olympics, he qualified for the final of the 1500, in which he placed fifth. Murray died at age 49, following a heart attack.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.6 (1932); 1500 – 2:36.8 (1932); 5000 – 9:29.4 (1932); 10000 – 19:31.9 (1932).
     

  • Irving Warren Jaffee

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 15, 1906 in New York, NY
    Died: March 20, 1981 (Aged 74) in San Diego, CA
    Affiliations: Amateur Skating Union
    Medals: 2 Gold


    Irv Jaffee's first important title was the Silver Skates two-mile in 1926. On the strength of this, and several American records in 1927, he was considered an excellent prospect for a medal at the 1928 Olympics in St. Moritz. Jaffee finished fourth that year in the 5,000 meters, but his best chance was thought to be in the 10,000. Paired with 1927 world champion Bernt Evensen, Jaffee matched his strides for six miles and then out-kicked him to take the lead in the event. But the weather was warm, and the outdoor rink was beginning to soften and gradually melt. A few pairs later, the event was called off, the results voided, and Jaffee was denied any medal although several skaters, including Evensen, protested to the officials that Jaffee should be declared the champion. In 1932 Jaffee qualified again for the Olympic team and this time fared much better. Skating in the more familiar American pack style, Jaffee outkicked the field twice to win the 5,000 and 10,000 meter titles. Jaffee later went on to become winter sports director at the Grossinger resort in New York and also coached several U.S. Olympic speed skaters.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 45.2 (1928); 1500 – 2:26.7 (1928); 5000 – 8:42.2 (1928); 10000 – 18:36.5 (1928).
     

  • William Imbs "Bill" Steinmetz

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: February 24, 1899 in Chicago, IL
    Died: May 25, 1988 (Aged 89) in Chicago, IL
    Affiliations: American Norwegian A.C., NY (USA)


    Bill Steinmetz was a native Midwesterner who was greatly influenced by his trip to France for the first Winter Olympics. Steinmetz had won the 1922 US Long-Track National All-arounds for his biggest victory, although he also won the 1922 International Diamond Trophy and the 1923 Chicago Silver Skates competitions. While in Europe, the US team dined at luxurious homes in both Paris and London, and Steinmetz, who until then had been working as an electrician, later related in an article in Sports Illustrated, "Boy, were those people sophisticated! I watched them. I listened to them, and I saw right then that I didn't know anything but skating. I swore I was going to broaden my horizons." On his return he took public-speaking courses, and eventually became a salesman, making a fortune selling electric toasters, fans, and radios. He settled in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in his later life.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 47.8 (1924); 1500 – 2:36.0 (1924); 5000 – 9:35.0 (1924).
     

  • Joseph John "Joe" Moore

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: January 12, 1901 in New York, NY
    Died: April 28, 1982 (Aged 81) in New York, NY
    Affiliations: 181st Street Ice Palace, NY


    Joe Moore had one of the longest careers of any of the early American speed skaters. He first began appearing in results in 1917 in handicap races around New York City. Always competing in the New York – New Jersey area, he won over 15 major competitions in all-around. His first major victory was the 1921 Eastern Championships and his last was the 1927 Long Island Championships. He never won a US All-around Championship, his best finish being second in 1923, but he was Canadian All-around Champion in 1922. Perhaps his biggest victory came in 1926 at Madison Square Garden when he won what was billed as the Race of the Century, defeating Finnish speed skating legend Clas Thunberg and Canadian Charles Gorman. In 1921, Moore was briefly banned from amateur competition because his name had been used in advertisements.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.4 (1926); 1500 – 2:31.6 (1924)
     

  • Harry Hubert Kaskey

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: September 13, 1902 in Chicago, IL
    Died: August 21, 1992 (Aged 89) in Sarasota, FL
    Affiliations: Alverno Athletic Association, Chicago (USA)


    Harry Kaskey won both the US and Canadian All-around in 1923, his only major victories. He also had all-around second places in the 1922 International Silver Cup and the 1924 New Jersey State Championships. After competing in the 1924 Olympics, Kaskey was banned from amateur competition, because it was claimed he had taken excessive expense money, although he was reinstated in 1925. But he then stopped competing, only to make a brief comeback in 1932.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 46.4 (1924); 1500 – 2:29.8 (1924); 10000 – 18:57.0.
     

  • Charles Henry "Charley" Jewtraw

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May5, 1900 in Harkness, NY
    Died: January 26, 1996 (Aged 95) in Palm Beach, FL
    Affiliations: Lake Placid Speed Skating Club, Lake Placid (USA)
    Medals: 1 Gold


    On 26 January 1924, Charley Jewtraw wrote his name indelibly into the Olympic record book. On that date he won the 500 meter speed skating event to become the first gold medalist ever at the Olympic Winter Games. Jewtraw was no fluke as a champion. He had been United States champion in both 1921 and 1923 and was a renowned sprinter, holding the American record for 100 yards on skates (9.4 seconds). After his Olympic victory Jewtraw left Lake Placid and moved to New York, where he became a sporting goods representative with the Spalding Company.

    Personal Bests: 500 – 44.0 (1924); 1500 – 2:31.6 (1924); 5000 – 9:27.0 (1924).

     

  • Richard Edward Donovan

    Long Track Speedskating

    Born: May 29, 1901 in Saint Paul, MN
    Died: May 13, 1985 (Aged 83) in Saint Paul, MN

    A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Duke Donovan competed in major US speed skating competitions from 1921 through 1926. His biggest victory was in the All-around at the International Silver Cup in 1922. In the US Championships All-around, he was second in 1923 and third in 1922. He also had second place finishes in the 1923 Adirondack Gold Cup and the 1924 International, held in Saint John, New Brunswick. Donovan worked as a clerk in St. Paul during his competitive career.

    Personal Bests: 5000m – 9:05.6 (1924), 10000m – 18:57.0 (1924)