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  • Rebekah Bradford Plath, World Cup Team Member and 2010 Olympian

    Rebekah Bradford Plath

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: April 30, 1983
    Hometown: Apple Valley, MN
    Current Residence:  Holladay, Utah
    Coach:  Matthew Kooreman, Marion Wohlrab, Thomas Cushman
    Discipline: Long Track


    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2010 Vancouver Winter Games



    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2011 Alternate


    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2002 World Junior Speedskating Championships
    2002 World Country Match
    2003-2011 World Cup Team


    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2006: 8th Overall
    2007: 8th Overall
    2008: 6th Overall
    2009: 4th Overall
    2010: 1st Overall
    2011: 1st Overall
    2013: 6th Overall


    WORLD RECORD:

    Master World Record; Age group 30; 500m, 1000m and Points Samalog

     

    TEAMS:

    Midway Speedskating
    F.A.S.T Speedskating


    Sponsors/Affiliate:

    Zensah
    Lole Ambassador
    Beyond The Ultimate
    Ilovekickboxing.com


    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    My goals are to smash my best personal times and to place within the top ten at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games.


    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    Speedskating is a family tradition. My oldest brother came home from school with a flyer with information on how to get involved in a local Speedskating club.  My mother, when she was a kid, used to skate along with my aunts and uncle, and thought it would be a great way to get the family active.  As a little girl, I set out to beat my brother’s personal best, finally achieving this goal in December 2009.

    Before the age restriction and clap skates, I knew I would be a speed skater for life. When I was 13 I qualified to compete for the 1998 Olympic Trials. The qualifying time for the 1000m was 1:31.00 - and I hit the time right on the nose! 

    I am proud to say that I am one of the few speedskaters left in the sport that used to wait for the lakes to freeze over.  I’ve watched and participated in my sport as it went from fixed blades to clap skates to aerodynamic skin suits.  I attribute my deep love for skating specifically from my Grandpa, who was an ice skater until he was 80. Watching Bonnie Blair compete on TV in the 1988 Calgary Olympic Games also helped further my love for the sport.


    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    My most memorable Speedskating moment was when I re-skated to qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games. I fell 20 feet before the finish line. I was devastated, humiliated, and had a large tear in my skin suit. I brushed the tears from my eyes, requested a re-skate, and found myself was on the starting line again 29 minutes after I had fallen. This time, I skated purely for myself; I wanted to end my career on my feet in front of all my friends and family who supported me. Not only did I skate a personal best time, but I also earned a spot for the Olympics!

    I’m really glad that I stood up after I fell. It took falling to begin to learn what confidence really looks like and to realize that I am more capable then I think I am sometimes.

    You can read the entire re-skate story here: Full Re-skate Story


    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I am an incredibly hard worker. I don’t view my limits as the end all; I view them as a building block for my next training session or race.


    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    I’ve had two challenges. In 2011-2012, I had double knee surgery to alleviate my full-blown arthritis pain. I had to walk for a while in braces and had to relearn how to bend my knees; I basically had to learn how to walk all over again. While I was rehabbing from my bilateral knee surgery, I was finishing my Bachelors degree and planning a wedding. My legs were incredibly sore and swollen; the general consensus was that the surgery had weakened the stability of my muscles. I cannot tell you how many ice baths I took to try to recover as I anticipated the next day of training.

    Four and a half months after surgery, I competed at the American Cup Final and placed second (respectfully) in all four distances, which was not far off from my personal bests. I have since set some new max efforts in the weight room. I never thought that I would be able to lift that much after undergoing knee surgery, but with hard work and dedication, I am reaching and surpassing new goals every day.

    Yet soon after I got married in June 2012, I started to experience extreme fatigue and difficulty breathing. I attributed it to getting adjusted to married life and to being out of shape. Yet one weekend in September, I felt my body physically shut down after months of decreased ability. Despite being an elite athlete, I would crawl on the floor just to get to the restroom! My resting heart rate was 130, my feet were freezing, and felt feverish. I just kept thinking that if I didn’t breathe I would not be in pain.

    My newlywed husband rushed me to the E.R., where I was diagnosed with a life-threatening bilateral pulmonary embolism with partial infarct. To paraphrase, this means that I had blood clots filling both of my lungs. In addition, the bottom portion of my right lung had died off because it wasn’t receiving enough oxygen. I also had blood clots that burst around my rib cage and (thankfully) didn’t travel anywhere else. The doctor said that if we had waited any longer, I would not be here today.

    I am very lucky. Blood clots were silently filling my lungs for six months. The only saving grace I had was that the blood clots were very small (which, however, actually made them more painful; small blood clots touch more nerve endings than large ones do). These blood clots filled my lungs like sand. If I had known about the blood clots before they entered my lungs I would have been able to use a “clot-busting drug.” But since the blood clots had already reached my lungs and the lungs are in such close proximity to the heart, this wasn’t an option. I have had to learn to be patient throughout my healing while waiting for the clots to naturally pass.

    My husband and I made the choice to continue to train while I underwent blood thinner therapy. Many people didn’t know that I was risking my life every time I set foot on the ice during this period. I wore a helmet to protect my head; however, this wouldn’t protect me if another skater fell into me or on me. My biggest medical concern involved a risk of internal bleeding from any kind of impact that could occur while I was skating.

    Three months after my visit to the emergency room, I was able to stop my blood thinner therapy and compete at the 2012 U.S. Championships, which I placed sixth in. I continued to improve my times at every race for the rest of the season. I took first and second place multiple times during the second half of the season in the American Cup 3 and the American Final. This current season has been remarkable and has been an absolute joy as I continue to heal.

    I did not know that I had the genetic blood clotting disorder known as Factor V Leiden.  Please, if you have a family history of this watch your medications very carefully and take five minutes to educate yourself on the symptoms. You can learn more about this condition by visiting Stop the Clot.

    You can also read more about my blood clot story by clicking here.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    My favorite part of Speedskating is the challenge and the way that the results are based off of time. I feel that skating has really shaped my character for the better and has given me the confidence to push myself beyond what I thought I was capable of.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    I love eating homemade oatmeal with some cinnamon, honey, salt, and whatever fruit I have on hand (usually apples and strawberries). I also enjoy coffee and an egg over hard.


    WOULD YOU RATHER BE THE UNDERDOG OR THE FAVORITE IN A COMPETITION? WHY?

    Well, since I am the underdog this year I would rather be an underdog. I’ve been logging in an incredible amount of hours under the radar and have been gifted with time from my injury and illness to rethink how to tactically approach my races. And even though I’ve been called “old and broken” by some individuals in my sport, I am entering this Olympic year with faster season bests than I did the last Olympic year, despite not even being fully recovered.  I am confident in my ability to perform well and I’m excited to see what kind of athlete will arise from within during the upcoming pressure of the Olympic year.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Hot Chocolate! (And maybe a few Hershey’s kisses with the hot chocolate.)

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I enjoy checking out locally owned restaurants with my husband or meeting up for coffee with a friend.


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

    I try to see as much family as possible and catch up on the projects that I put aside during the skating season.

    After 25 years of skating, this year will be my last. My husband and I are planning on going to Hawaii to celebrate. We are also looking into buying a home in Salt Lake City with a large enough yard to bring our plans of an urban farm to fruition.

    I have also been looking into getting my Master’s degree in Communications at the University of Utah as a future possibility. Go Utes! I have a strong desire to eventually partner up with the local non-profit community in the Salt Lake valley; my goal would be to focus on giving a voice to children who participate in sports. And of course, we are hoping to start a family of our own one day!


    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I absolutely love making music and dream about the day I will own a piano. My mother is a wonderful music teacher in the Twin Cities, and growing up we had music in our house all the time. I am wildly out of practice and cannot wait until I can create my own music again. 


    IF YOU COULD CHANGE PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

    I would change places with myself ten years ago so that I could share with my former self what I now know.  


    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?


    I met my husband through a charity auction event called Auction for Autism; he placed the winning bid. It was love at first sight for me, although it took a while for him. You can read the whole love story here: Love Story

    I also am an advocate in promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and Blood Clot Awareness.


    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Focus on your own work and not what other people are doing.


    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    The best motivational tool I have is spending daily time in the Bible. I feel the most strength not in the weight room or on the ice, but when I am in prayer. 


    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Eat! It’s okay to eat, and to eat small meals frequently! I battled with anorexia for a long time. Remember that you are beautiful (or handsome) and that you can achieve so much more when you fuel your body properly! Also, supplements are NOT a replacement for fruits and vegetables; they’re an aid to help reach your nutritional goals. So eat your vitamins in the form of fruits and vegetables!


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

    My grandpa always asked me if I was enjoying myself before he asked about any kind of performance success in skating. I just finally learned what he meant by that. I thought I had to do well in order to find enjoyment. It took a bilateral knee surgery and a bilateral pulmonary embolism to understand that happiness comes from taking your time and finding pleasure in the moment.

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  • Anna Ringsred, World Cup Team member and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Anna Ringsred

    Long Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: SEPTEMBER 27, 1984
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: CALGARY, CANADA

    PERSONAL BEST

  • Joey Mantia, World Cup Team Member and  2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Joey Mantia

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: February 7, 1986
    Hometown: Ocala, FL
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Kip Carpenter
    Discipline: 500m, 1500m, 5000m 10000m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2013 World All-Around Championships, 20th overall

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2012-2013 season, two 2nd place finishes in the 1500m b-group 

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012-2013 season, gold in the mass start, bronze in the 1500m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2013 National Allround team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Improve technically enough to perform at my ability

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I began roller skating in 1995. By 2010, I accomplished my goals, and felt it was time to move on to new challenges. I began skating ice late in 2010, with my first season being in 2011.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    My first inline senior world title in 2005 was a feeling that can't even be described. On the ice, standing on the line at the world championships and being able to FEEL the roar of the crowd was something I'll never forget.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Physical power and the will to win

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Switching from inline to ice hasn't been easy. I have had to break bad habits and relearn nearly every aspect of my technique

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Connecting with a good push and carrying speed is a feeling that you just can't get from a sport other than skating

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Some kind of fruit with chicken or turkey

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    I try not to think too much or get too excited before I race. For me the more clear my mind, the better I perform

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Pizza

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Play sports, chive (keep calm and chive on), take over the world, and other typical things in life

     

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

    I like to go to Florida. Any beach in Florida is good.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Motorcycles

     

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

    I would have to say my parents, because they made sure I grew up with a decent head on my shoulders and always pointed me in the right direction regarding any matter. I am where I am today because I was influenced to be who I am by them.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    There is a 1926 one dollar bill on my fridge for no REAL reason what so ever, I just have some sort of nostalgia for old money

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    At least once in your life do some sort of exercise to complete failure, for it will make you really appreciate how achievable "hard training" is sometimes.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    I hate losing more than I like breathing

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Paleo for athletes because it is a sweet book that changed my outlook on diet

     

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

    Joey cheek once told me, "you have the tools, you know what to do, now just man up and do it."

     

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  • Tucker Fredricks, World Cup Team Member and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Tucker Fredricks

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: April 16, 1984
    Hometown: Janesville, WI
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2006 Olympic Winter Games, 24th in men's 500m

    2010 Olympic Winter Games, 12th in men's 500m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2007, World Single Distance Championships 500m bronze medalist

    2006-2007, bronze in men's 500m

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    31-time World Cup 500m medalist (12 gold, 6 silver, 13 bronze)

    2002-Present World Cup team

    2010, World Cup overall 500m champion

    2007, World Cup overall 500m champion

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2-time National Champion

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    500m, 34.31

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    I'm just trying to be in really good shape.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My dad had a friend who did it so I decided to try it myself.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Making my first Olympic team

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The life style that goes with it.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Video games. Tv.  Movies

     

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

    Video games. Tv. Movies

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Stay low

     

  • Sugar Todd

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: July 19, 1990
    Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
    Current Resident: Park City, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1000m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2012- 2013, World Sprint Championship team

    2009- 2010, Junior World team

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2012-2013, World Cup team

    2010, World Cup team

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    2010 Olympic Trials, 11th in the 500m, 11th in 1000m, 13th in 1500m

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 US Championships, 4th in 500m, 3rd in 1000m, 4th in 1500m, 3rd overall sprint samalog  

    2012 US Championships, 5th in 500m, 5th in 1000m  

    2011 US Championships, 8th in 500m, 9th in 1000m, 8th overall sprint samalog

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2013, U.S. National Sprint Team 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Qualify for World Cup Team, World Sprint Team, and Olympic Team. Race in the A group at World Cups.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    At the age of eight I came across a flyer for the Omaha Speedskating Club and decided to give it a try. Within a year I persuaded my parents to move me to Milwaukee for training with the goal of one day competing in the Olympic Games.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Qualifying for and competing in my first World Sprint Championship (2013) on home ice in Salt Lake City. It was the biggest stage I had ever raced on and being able to share that atmosphere with my friends, family, and teammates was remarkable.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    500m opener - getting off the line quick

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Compartment syndrome in both shins. I had successful surgery in 2006 that allowed me to continue training.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The moment you finish a race, after all the hours of training and the day to day commitment, it reinforces the feeling that of course there is nothing else I want to be doing.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Any meal that feels wholesome and balanced.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    As many flavors of macarons I can get my paws on

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Romp around outside, find a library, try new recipes, day dream about getting a dog

     

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

    Spend time in Milwaukee with pals, visit my parents, read all day, road trips with friends

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Making big group breakfasts on rest days and watching The West Wing.

     

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

    Both of my parents. They are very different people but together create a balance. They did an incredible job raising me and I am grateful to have qualities of each of them. I feel like a well-rounded person because of them. Love you, mom and pops!

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    Spent the first five years of my life on a farm in Nebraska and have, on occasion, given stick and poke tattoos.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Looking at speedskatingresults.com

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Eat local!

     

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

    Petra Acker

    Long Track Speedskating

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

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 World Allround Championships, finished 22nd overall

    2009, 2011, and 2012 Long Track Junior World Championships

    2010 Short Track Junior World Championships

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2013 Winter World Cup team

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

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

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    Third overall at the 2013 US Allaround Championships 

    First overall at the 2012 Junior Championships

    First overall at the 2011 US Allaround Championships

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

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

    Junior C Long Track 600m, 800m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2012-14 Long Track National Allround team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

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

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

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

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

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

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

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

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

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

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Chicken with broccoli, sweet potatoes, and rice.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Cafe Rio, pizza, or ice cream

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    Baby P

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

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

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

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

     

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

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

     

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  • Patrick Meek-- Long Track Allround National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Patrick Meek

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: November 10, 1985
    Hometown: St. Louis, MO/Chicago, IL
    Current Residence: Park City, UT
    Coach: Matt Kooreman
    Discipline: 5,000m, 10,000m, Team Pursuit, Mass Start

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2012 World Allround Championships

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2013 World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Silver in the men's 10,000m Division B

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    Competed in 2006 and 2010 Olympic Trials

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 US National Marathon Champion, men's 25K

    2013 US National Marathon, bronze in the men's 50K

    2012-2013 U.S. Allround Championships, silver in the men's 10,000m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2006-Present World Cup team

    Long Track National Team

    FAST Team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Make the 2014 US Olympic Team and represent the U.S. in an exemplary manner while there. 

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    Both my dad and grandpa were speedskaters and they started taking me out when I was 2.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Making my first Junior World team in 2005 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Endurance and work ethic

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The fact that hard work is more than often the determining factor

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Eggs and rice

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Pizza

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Work at the Waldorf Astoria in Park City

     

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

    Bike, hike, travel to new locales

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Guitar, soccer

     

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

    My dad is because he constantly pushes me to be a better man.

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    The Mule

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Chairty:water

    Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Right to Play

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    You can never sit too low.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Wanting to prove people wrong

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Eat local and organic when possible

     

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

    Don't worry about what other people are doing.



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  • Mitch Whitmore-- 2010 Olympian, Long Track Sprint National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Mitch Whitmore

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: December 18, 1989
    Hometown: Waukesha, WI
    Current Residence: Park City, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1000m

     

    Olympic History

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, 37th in men's 500m

     

    World Championship History

    2013 World Sprint team

    2011 World Sprint team

    2009 Junior World Championships, gold in the men's 500m

     

    World Cup History

     2011-Present World Cup team

     

    Personal Best

     

    Teams

    2012 Long Track Sprit National team

     

    How did you get into speedskating?

    Was looking to compete in a winter sport and saw an advertisement in the newspaper for the Glen Ellyn Speedskating Club

     

    What is your most memorable speedkating accomplishment?

    Competing at the 2010 Olympic Trials

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  • Maria Lamb-- 2006 Olympic, 2010 Olympian, Long Track Allround National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Maria Lamb

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: January 4, 1986
    Hometown: River Falls, WI
    Current Residence: Park City, UT
    Coach: Kip Carpenter
    Discipline: 500m, 1500m, 3000m, 5000m
     

    Olympic History

    2006 Winter Olympic Games

    2010 Winter Olympic Games

     

    World Championship History

    Finished in the top 16 at multiple World Championships 

    6x World Allround Championships Team member

    World Single Distance Championships team 

     

    World Cup History

    2011-2012 World Cup 5th place overall

    2012 World Cup ranking in the Mass Start race, and two 4th place finishes 

     

    National Championship History

    2010 U.S. Allround Champion 

    2010 U.S. Championships, gold in the women's 5000m 

     

    Personal Best

     

    Teams

    U.S. Long Track National Training Program

     

    How did you get into speedskating?

    I began skating at age six when my mom registered me for a learn to figure skate class. However I was not interested in learning how to jump and spin, as soon as I learned how to stand up and skate all I wanted to do was skate circles and laps as fast as I could. I began speedskating at age eight, and have been in love with it ever since.

     

    What is your most memorable speedkating accomplishment?

    Skating the best race of my life (minus the almost falling in the last turn!) at the 2010 Olympic trials in the 5000m, setting a personal best time and making my second Olympic Team and finishing 4th in the Mass Start race against a very strong field at the 2011 Astana World Cup.

     

    What is your favorite thing about speedskating?

    I love the feeling of the wind in my face, the rhythm, fluidity, power and speed of skating when it's right. I also love the mental and physical challenge of perfecting it. It can be the most frustrating thing in the world at times, but when it's right, it's beautiful.

     

    Charities you have volunteered for?

    I have done some volunteer work for a local speedskating club in Wisconsin. I am also a supporter of Raise Hope for Congo and Right to Play.

     

    What do you like to do in your free time?

    Eating or sleeping. I also love the outdoors, enjoy reading good books, cooking and baking, sewing, playing the violin and cuddling with my cat, Leo.

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  • Lauren Cholewinski-- 2010 Olympian, Long Track Sprint National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Lauren Cholewinski

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday November 15, 1988
    Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
    Current Residence: Murray, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1000m 

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, 30th in the women's 500m

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2007-Present World Cup team

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    Won 500m in December of 2009 to make the team

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

      

    TEAMS:

    2009-Present Long Track Sprint National team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    I want to make top 10 in the 500m at World Cups

    Be on the podium at the Olympics

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I grew up in a roller rink and started racing inlines at 9, and then switched over to ice at 17.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Making the 2010 Olympic team.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Fast feet in the starts and sprints

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    I have an accelerated heart rate, which makes it difficult to build endurance, making the ending of my races weaker.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love to skate.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Yogurt and granola or PB & J.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Pizza

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Anything outdoors: snowboard, hike, camp, swim, go tubing.  I also like to spend lots of time with my new puppy Xena.

     

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

    Visit my family in South Carolina.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Skincare

     

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

    My mom. She is the strongest person I know. She keeps me grounded and reminds me of my own strengths. She has always believed in me and has never questioned my dreams. She continues to give constant support.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I would like to start riding in rodeos after skating

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Training is hard and can be very frustrating. When you feel discouraged, slow down and think about your movements.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Try and stay positive. Think about what went well during practice instead of what went bad.

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Use all the resources around you and don’t be afraid to ask for advice

     

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

    Do not forget to breathe

     

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  • Kelly Gunther-- Long Track Sprint National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Kelly Gunther

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: August 14, 1987
    Hometown: Lorain, OH
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline:  500m, 1000m, 1500m

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Olympic Team alternate for the 1000m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2010- 2012 World Cup team

    2010- present National teams

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Make the Olympic Team

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I was just a little girl that loved the roller rink. I went for the first time and I never wanted to leave. I started when I was 6 years old with the jumps and spins and all dressed up in different kinds of dresses. I loved it, but it wasn't totally me. I was always to fast for the music so I wanted to try this new sport called Inline speed skating. I loved it and knew it was my thing right off the bat. I never went back to the make-up and dresses after that. It was all helmets and shorts from that point on.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Being as strong as I am and how I've over come things that I thought I may have never been able to.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I just keep pushing and never give up on the ice. 

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Being put on the 2010 Olympic team and then being taken off and then shattering my ankle during a speedskating race have been challenges I have had to overcome.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The racing! I love, love racing! Always have & always will.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    The cheesefries at Outback Steakhouse.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I like to catch up on sleep, relax or hang out with friends.

     

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

    I love to go home in the off-season and just chill out and have fun. I normally go on a big vacation, and now I have found out I want to live and move to St.Thomas!

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Shopping!

     

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

    My Mom, if it was not for my mom I would not be here today. Without her I would not be pushed to where I need to be or believe in myself.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR WORST FEAR?

    Never getting back up on that horse.

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    When you have those days and you do not want to go into the gym or you do not want to get out of bed to go to practice, I can almost promise you, that those are going to be your best days! Get up and keep going after it!

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    When everyone else doubts you, train that much harder! Do not ever give in!

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Have your cheat days also!

     

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

    No matter what, you cannot ever let someone tell you that you cannot do it. You have to believe in yourself. 

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  • Jonathan Kuck-- Long Track World Cup Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Jonathan Kuck

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: March 14, 1990
    Hometown: Champaign, IL

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, silver Medalist in the Men’s Team Pursuit, eighteenth in the men's 1500m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2009- 2012 World Championship Team

    Eight-time World Championship medalist (2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2008- present World Cup team

    Thirteen-time World Cup medalist (2 gold, 7 silver, 4 bronze)

     

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  • Jonathan Garcia, Long Track Spring National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Jonathan Garcia

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: December, 14, 1986
    Hometown: Houston, TX
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1,000m, 1500m


     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    Competed at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, UT

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    Made my 1st World Cup team in 2010 for Short Track.  

    Made my 1st Long Track World Cup Team in 2012.


     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    I competed in the 2010 Short Track Olympic trials and ended up 14th Overall with my best race being the 2nd 1,000m where I was 8th.


     

    TEAMS:

    2013 Long Track World Sprint Championship team


    2012-2013 Long Track World Cup team 

    2010-2012 Short Track World Cup team 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Making the 2014 Olympic Team


     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    Through Inline speedskating.



     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Winning the 3k race at US Chapionships in 2010 and making my 1st Short Track World Cup Team.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    My turns


     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Switching form Short Track to Long Track.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Going fast.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Salmon, with pasta, veggies, and Acia Juice.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Any type of Chocolate


     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Listen to music and play guitar.

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

    Go back home to Texas and see my Family.


     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I play guitar, and I am a professional soccer player when I am not skating.


     

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

    Michael Jordan, because he is the greatest athlete of all time.


     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    Johansen, Johnny Tempo

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Recovery is just as important as training hard.


     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    I like to watch certain movies to get motivated.


     

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

    Never give up.


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  • Heather Richardson

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: March 20, 1989
    Hometown: High Point, NC
    Current Residence: West Valley, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1000m, 1500m

     

    Olympic History

    2010 Olympic Winter Games, 6th in the women's 500m

    2010 Olympic Winter Games, 9th in the women's 1000m

    2010 Olympic Winter Games, 16th in the women's 1500m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2013 World Sprint Champion  

    2011 World Single Distance Championships, bronze in the women's 1000m

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    35-time World Cup medalist (11 gold, 13 silver, 11 bronze)

    2007-present World Cup team

    2013: 1000m World Cup overall winner  

    2012: 1000m 2nd World Cup overall  

    2011: 1000m World Cup overall winner

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    2010: Pre-qualified in 500m and 1000m, winner of the 1500m

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 US National Sprint Champion  

    2012 US National Sprint Champion

     

    WORLD RECORDS:

    World record- Sprint points

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    500m 37.12 

    1000m 1:13.09 

    1500m 1:53.84

     

    PERSONAL BESTS:

    500m 37.12 

    1000m 1:13.09 

    1500m 1:53.84 

    3000m 4:09.39

     

    EVENTS: 

    500m

    1000m

    1500m

     

    TEAMS:

    2008- Current: U.S. Sprint National team

    2007- Current: World Cup team

    2010 Olympic team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    - Continue to podium at World Cup events.

    - Qualify for the 2014 Olympic games in Sochi, Russia.

    - Bring home Olympic medals.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My parents both competed on quad skates when they were younger so I grow up around skating and eventually became an inline speed skater that made the switch to ice.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Winning the 2013 World Sprint Championship on home ice in Salt Lake City.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Continuing to build speed in the corners and carrying it out on to each straight away.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    The biggest challenge I have had to overcome is switching from inline to ice speedskating to live my Olympic dream.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    My favorite part of speedskating would be that all of the long track races are against the clock so the fastest person on that day is always the winner.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    The night before a competition I like to have any kind of pasta dish.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    Good things come to those who wait, but great things come to those who DO.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    My favorite cheat food would be ice cream.

     

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

    During my off season I really enjoy going home and spending all the time I can my family and friends.

     

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

    My Mom! She is extremely hard working and handles stressful situations like a champ! She has made me the person I am today.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    Most people are really shocked to find out I have koi fish tattooed on the top of my feet.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Guided Post of Strength, a cancer based organization that provides directions to close family members and friends.

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Always come to practice with one thing you want to work on or achieve.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    For motivation I usually like to re watch a race that was really good just to remember how great I felt at that moment.

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Refuel right away! I like to refuel with a bowl of Wheaties with a few banana slices and strawberries.

     

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  • Emery Lehman-- 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Emery Lehman

    Long Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: 06/13/1996
    HOMETOWN: Oak Park, IL
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: Oak Park, IL
    COACH: Jeffrey Klaiber
     

    WORLD CHAMPIONIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2013: Competed at the Senior World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russia

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2012: Made my debut at 16 years old at the first Senior World Cup that season in The Netherlands. 

    2012: Competed in the Fall and Winter Season

    2012: Qualified for the Senior World Single Distance Championships in Sochi, Russia

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2012: Gold medal in Championships in the 5000m; Bronze medal in the 10,000m

     

    NATIONAL RECORD: 

    Junior National Record in the 10,000m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    Junior World Team (2011-2013); Senior World Team (2012-2013)

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Win Junior World Championships.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING? 

    When I was 9 years old, my mom saw a speedskating poster while I was at a hockey clinic and encouraged me to try it.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT? 

    When I won the 5k at Junior World Championships in Italy.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    My big heart

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME? 

    Balancing high school academics and sports with speedskating and my travel schedule. 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING? 

    When I get to compete.

     

    WOULD YOU RATHER BE THE UNDERDOG OR THE FAVORITE IN THE A COMPETITION AND WHY? 

    Underdog because it motivates me to do better.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? 

    Golf, even though I am not good at it.

     

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

    Hanging out with my friends because I don’t get to see them much during the season

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS? 

    I’m a really good student; I really like math.

     

    IF YOU COULD CHANGE PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE? 

    Captain Kirk from Star Trek the Original Series

     

    WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY CRUSH? 

    Madea (from Tyler Perry)

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME? 

    Em (according to my mom)

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT? 

    The Oak Park Food Pantry

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS? 

    Music

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS? 

    Try to eat what your mother gives you to eat, because a mom knows best (at least that’s what my mom tells me).

     

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

    “Don’t” by my father

     

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  • Brittany Bowe, Long Track Sprint National Team member and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Brittany Bowe

    Long Track Speedskating

    Birthday: February 24, 1988
    Hometown: Ocala, FL
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
    Discipline: 500m, 1000m, 1500m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2013 World Single Distance Championships, bronze in the women's 1000m

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    Ten-time World Cup Medalist (3 gold, 3 bronze, 4 silver)

    2013 World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, Track Record holder

     

    WORLD RECORD:

    2013: 1000m World Record, 1:12.58

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 National Championships, silver in the 500m, silver in the 1000m, silver in the 1500m  

    2012 National Championships,  silver in the 500m, silver in the 1000m, bronze in the 1500m

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    TEAMS:

    2011- 2013 U.S. National Long Track Sprint Team

    2011- 1013 U.S. World Cup Team

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    My goals are to make the US World Cup Team, consistently medal at World Cups, medal at the World Sprint Championships, and win Olympic Gold.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    After graduating from Florida Atlantic University in 2010 (and inline skating for 12 years), I moved to Salt Lake City to be apart of the WHIP program where I touched the ice for the first time in hopes of making my Olympic dream a reality.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Winning my first World Cup gold medal and setting a new track record in the 1,000m in Erfurt, Germany (March 2013)

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Carrying my speed out of the corners.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    After competing on inlines for 12 years and the sport being rejected time and time again from becoming an Olympic Sport, I had to make the transition to a completely new sport at the age of 22 to make my Olympic dream a reality.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The challenge of putting together a perfect race

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    The night before a race I like to keep it simple and dinner usually consists of chicken, rice, and vegetables.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Hang out with friends, relax, and listen to music.

     

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

    I like to go back home to Florida and spend time with family and friends by the pool or at the beach.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    From basketball to soccer, or football to ultimate frisbee; anything that can be turned into a competition, I enjoy!

     

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

    My mother is the most influential person in my life because she has always been the backbone to my success.  She reflects what it means to be a true Christian and has proved to me that I can do anything that I set my mind to.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I have a stairway to heaven tattoo that goes from the top of my thigh to the top of my rib cage.

     

    IF YOU COULD CHANGE PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

    No one. I'm happy with where I'm at and wouldn't trade it for the world!

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    BBowe

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Right to Play

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    As my inline skating coach always told me, practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Wanting to be the best is my motivational tool.

     

    SPORT HISTORY

    I came to ice from the inline skating world where I skated my way to 32 World Championship medals (2002-2008) and 3 Pan American gold medals (2007). I played 4 years of NCAA Division I basketball at Florida Atlantic University.

     

    IN THE NEWS:

    ESPNW, A New World Record!

    USA Today, Ex-point guard Brittany Bowe setting records on ice

    NBC Miami, Bowe Knows: Florida Atlantic University Alum Hopes Rapid Ascent Leads to Sochi Gold

     

    NBC Olympics, Brittany Bowe Wins at Astana World Cup

     

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  • Brian Hansen-- 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Brian Hansen

    Long Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: September 3, 1990
    HOMETOWN: Glenview, Illinois
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    COACH: Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr.
     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, silver Medalist in the Men’s Team Pursuit, eighteenth in the men's 1500m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2008, 2010- 2013 World Championship Team

    Four-time World Championship medalist (2 Silver, 2 Bronze)

    2008- 2010 Junior World Championship Team

    Eight-time Junior World Championship medalist ( 2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2008- 2013 World Cup team

    Twelve-time World Cup medalist (2 gold, 4 silver, 6 bronze)

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013, 1500m U.S. Champion

    2013: 1000m U.S. Championships, 2nd place

    2012: 5000m U.S Single Distance Champion

    2008: Allround, U.S. Championships, 2nd place

     
    WORLD RECORD:

    Current: 1500m Junior World Record (December 11th, 2009)

    Former: 1500m Junior World Record (December 4th, 2009)

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    Current records:

    Junior 1000m (December 30th, 2009)

    Junior 1500m )Decmeber 11, 2009)

    Junior 3000m (March 12th, 2010)

    Junior 5000m (December 5th, 2009)

    Former record:

    Junior 10,000m (December of 2009)

     

    PERSONAL BESTS

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Win multiple medals in Sochi.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    A family friend recommended it to us; I started out as a short tracker at the Northbrook Speed Skating club with Rob Darrow.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Beating the Dutch in the 2010 Olympics in the team pursuit.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Accelerating easily.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Herniating a disc in my lower back right before the 2010 Olympic season.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Going to summer camps in places like Southern Germany, Norway, California, or Northern Michigan.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    A sports bar burger and salad

     

    WOULD YOU RATHER BE THE UNDERDOG OR THE FAVORITE IN THE A COMPETITION AND WHY?

    Favorite, if you have earned it, because you have already proven yourself as a great competitor.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Carols Cookies

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I work with my brother on a start up company making foam roller water bottles. You can check out our website at www.bottlebark.com

     

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

    Go swimming, play beach volleyball or be outside doing some sort of adventurous activity.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    -I am one of the only current skaters to train independently of the national team my entire life.  

    -The Swider-Peltz family (coach Nancy Sr. and training partners, Jeff Jr. and Nancy Jr.) and me have been a team for around 11 years.

    -During high school, my parents drove me 2.5 hours round trip to Milwaukee to train.

     

    IF YOU COULD CHANGE PLACES WITH ANYONE, WHO WOULD IT BE?

    Mike Rowe

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    B (my aunt), Bhans (my friends), Scrub Boy (my coach), Brian NotSoHandsome (my competitors) 

     

    WHAT IS A TRAINING TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    1) don’t get injured

    2) don’t get injured

    3) keep it fun

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    A good burrito after practice 

     

    WHAT IS A NUTRITION TIP THAT YOU WOULD GIVE TO OTHERS?

    Try to eat meals similar times every day, preferably not too late at night

     

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

    Don’t underestimate yourself

     

    IN THE NEWS:

    Locals Davis, Hansen Capture Speedskating Medals

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