Birthday: February 24, 1988
Hometown: Ocala, FL
Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
Coach: Ryan Shimabukuro
5th place finish in the 1000 meter at the Salt Lake City World Cup January 2012
5th place finish in the 1000m at the Heerenveen World Cup March 2012
8th place finish in the 1000 meter at the World Single Distance Championships March 2012
Long Track Sprint National Team (2011-2013)
Winter World Cup Team (2011-2012)
Fall World Cup Team (2011)
How did you get into speedskating?
I began inline speed skating in 1996 in my hometown of Ocala, FL. For twelve years I competed at the regional, national, and world level. I competed at the World CHampionships from 2002-2008. While in college, after the 2008 World Championships, I decided to hang up my skates and turn all of my focus to school and basketball with hopes of taking my basketball abilities to a professional team overseas. After watching the 2010 Winter Games and my college graduation just months away I had a change of heart as to which journey I was going to take. I decided to move to Salt Lake City in 2012 and utilize the WHIP program to get me on my feet in hopes of one day becoming an Olympian.
What is your most memorable speedkating accomplishment?
My most memorable speed skating accomplishment was my first top 5 finish (placing 5th) in the World Cup circut at the Salt Lake City World Cup in January 2012.
What is your favorite thing about speedskating?
My favorite thing about skating is the challenge that it presents every day along with the rewarding feeling you get by meeting and exceeding those challenges.
What other sports have you competed in?
Inline Speed Skating:
32 World Championship medals (2002-2008)
Seven Senior World titles (2006-2008)
Three-time Pan American gold medalist (2007)
11 Junior World titles (2002-2005)
NCAA Division I Basketball: Athlete of the Year
Florida Atlantic University (2010)
Academic All- American (2010)
Captain, Florida Atlantic Women’s Basketball Team (2007-2010)
Basketball scholarship, Florida Atlantic University Basketball (2006-2010)
The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Cookies and Cream
Favorite season of the year? Why?
My favorite season of the year is summer. If I'm not training, my favorite things to do during the summer are going to the beach, lake, river or pool.
Favorite team to cheer for?
What are your career plans after speedskating?
I'm not sure what my career plans are after speed skating. To be honest, I really haven't thought that far ahead. I would like to continue my education with a masters degree and maybe even get back on the basketball court with hopes of playing professionally.
What I am listening to on my ipod lately…
Electric Dance Music
When I am not speedskating you can find me...
When I am not speedskating you can find me anywhere under the sun from the beach to the lake to the swimming pool.
The speedskating city I am most looking forward to visiting is…
I'm not sure if visiting would be the correct term, but the speed skating city that I am most hopeful to be COMPETING in is Sochi, Russia, at the Olympic Games.