Short Track

short track athlete profiles
  • You Young (Sally) Chea

    Short Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: March 13, 1997
    HOMETOWN: Seoul, South Korea 
    Current Residence: Utah
    Coach: Jae Su Chun, Chris Weaver

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2012 Jr. World Cup- 14th overall

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    1st overall- Midget 2010

    1st overall- Juvenile 2011

    2nd overall- Am Cup ladies 2012

    1st on 500m- Am Cup ladies 2013

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    Midget 333m

    Juvenile 1000m

    Juvenile 1500m

     

    TEAMS:

    Salt Lake International

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    To make the world cup team and/or the Olympic team.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My father used to be a speed skating coach in Korea. I used to go to the practices all the time and watch the skaters.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Making the Jr. Worlds for the first time in 2012.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    I used to live 2 hours away from the ice rink when I lived in Virginia. Despite the long distances, my parents had to drive me to practice several times a week.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    When the hard work finally pays off

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    I always carry around fruits or energy bars.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    I love Ice Cream, Mochi, or any kind of sweets.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I love to read and bake for other people.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I know 4 languages.

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    Sally

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    I feel thankful for my family and friends who support me, so they motivate me to try my best.

     

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

    Always eat a hearty breakfast.

     

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

    “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place”.

  • Lana Gehring- Short Track World Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Lana Gehring

    Short Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: August 21, 1990
    HOMETOWN: Glenview, IL
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: Salt Lake City, UT
    COACH: Jae su chun

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2007- 2013 World Championship team

    Six-time World Championship medalist (1 silver, 5 bronze)

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2007- 2013 World Cup team

    Nineteen-time World Cup medalist (6 gold, 7 silver, 6 bronze)

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 National Champion

    2012 National Champion

  • Cole Krueger

    Short Track Speedskating

    BIRTHDAY: AUGUST 22, 1991
    HOMETOWN: PITTSBURGH, PA 
    CURRENT RESIDENCE: SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    COACH: Jae Su Chun

     

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2010- 2011 Junior World Championship team

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 National Champion

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    500m Junior Men's record holder

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Making the 2013-2014 World Cup Team

    2. Making the 2014 Olympic Team

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    A skater from the local Pittsburgh club saw me skating on a public session and invited me to come try it out.


    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Traveling and competing in Taipei, Taiwan for the 2010 Junior World Championships.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    My endurance and never give up attitude.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Finding consistent ice time and training partners.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Seeing your improvement after a summer of intense training. Also, the speed and chaos during races.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    I don't have a set pre-race meal. I always try to eat something healthy and something that will give me energy for the races the next day.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Play video games, read, watch TV, generally anything that won't tire me out for the next practice.

     

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

    Spend time with my dog back home in Pittsburgh. 

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    My grandmother is Japanese so I'm 25% Japanese. 

     

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Seeing improvement in my skating from the previous season.

     

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

    The less your food has been altered from the way it was in nature, the better. 

     

     

  • Eduardo Alvarez, Short Track National Team, 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Eduardo Alvarez

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: January 30, 1990
    Hometown: Miami, FL
    Coach: Guy Thibault
     

    World Championship History

    2013 World Championship team


    World Cup History

    2013 World Cup team

    2013 World Cup individual medalist (1 bronze)

    2013 World Cup Relay medalist (2 gold, 1 silver)

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    Cruising the streets of South Beach with some plastic 3 wheel skates, I was approached by two women who told me I should start Inline Speed Skating. From there, I transitioned to the ice.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    In 2000, I captured National titles in Inline, Short Track, and Long Track all in the same year.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Coming back from torn patella tendons in the knees.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    It would probably be the fact that everyone usually has a plan before a race, but only one plan can achieve greatness.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Krispy Kreme Donuts

     

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

    Visit the Florida Keys, kick back and relax on the water.

     

    Instagram: @EddyAlvarez90

  • Jeff Simon US Speedskating National Team Short Track Speedskater

    Jeff Simon

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: August 17, 1989
    Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
    Current Residence: Salt Lake CIty, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY: 

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, Olympic Alternate 

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2008- 2013 World Championship team

    Four-time World Championship medalist (1 gold, 3 bronze) 

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2006- 2013 World Cup team

    Sixteen-time World Cup Medalist  (3 gold, 4 silver, 9 bronze)

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY:

    2010 Olympic trials, 5th overall

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013, 3rd overall

    2011, 1st overall 

    2009, 3rd overall

    2008, 2nd overall 

    2007, 7th overall

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    5000m Relay 

    1500m 

    1000m TT

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Win an Olympic Medal in the Relay

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I was 10, in Las Vegas and I saw inline practices at the local rink. I wanted to try it.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Earning a spot on my first Junior World Team, and my first individual World Medal.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    Om Mani Padme Om Classic.

     

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

    Travel

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Reading, writing, exploring the depths of reality.

     

  • John-Henry Krueger, US Speedskating World Team Short Track Speedskater

    John-Henry Krueger

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: March 27, 1995 
    Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA 
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Jae Su Chun

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2010- 2013 Junior World team

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2011- 2013 World Cup team

    Three-time World Cup medalist (1 silver, 2 bronze)

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:  

    2008 National Midget Champion

    
2005 National Pony Champion

     

    WORLD RECORD: 

    Junior 500m World Record: 40.588

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. To earn a spot on the 2014 Olympic Team

    2. Earn a medal at the Sochi Games

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I decided to start after watching my older brother skate.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Medaling at the World Cup in Moscow, Russia in the 1500m A final.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Determination to cross the finish line first.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I enjoy the speed and strategy of the sport.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Pasta

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    In-N-Out Burger

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I enjoy going on bike rides and watching movies.

     

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

    Yoga and traveling.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I am 25% japanese.

     

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

    Train hard and smart. Know your body. 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?  

    The need to win and conquer. 

     

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

    Your body is built to work. Never doubt it's ability to work through pain.

     

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  • Sarah Chen US Speedskating National Team Short Track Speedskater

    Sarah Chen

    Short Track Speedskating

    Photos of Sarah Chen Racing in Short Track Competion

    Name: Sarah Chen
    Birthday: March 15, 1995
    Hometown: San Marino, California
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, Utah
    Coach: Stephen Gough
    College: Dartmouth College Class of 2017

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY

    2010, 2012 U.S. Junior World Championship team

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2010-2013 World Cup team


    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    Four-time Age Group National Champion
    Three-time North American Short Track Champion

    2012 U.S. Championships, 5th place overall

    2011 U.S. Championships, 5th place overall

    2011, Junior National Champion


    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    15 U.S. National Age Group Records  
    1 North American Record


    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. To make the 2014 Winter Olympic Team


    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I first took on skating as a hockey player at a local rink.  After being inspired by watching Olympians at my home rink, I switched to short track speedskating.


    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    My first Junior World Championships were held in Taiwan, and I had the opportunity to meet relatives that I had never met before. It was an unbelievable experience to have them watch me compete at my first international competition.


    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I always challenge myself to achieve something I thought was impossible.


    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    After I made my first World Cup Team at age 15, I moved to Salt Lake City to train with the National Team.  I balanced a rigorous training schedule and high school life.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love the adrenaline rush that comes with the thrill of racing.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    My favorite pre game meal is oatmeal with strawberries and bananas.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    The path or road less traveled is often one that is filled with the most reward and joy.


    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    In my free time, I like shopping and seeing movies with friends.


    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I enjoy playing the cello in the school orchestra.  Through music, I get to know a group of people who are just as passionate about music as I am about speedskating.



    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I am a 2x track cycling national champion (2008, 2007) and played boys ice hockey.  I've skated with a couple of the hockey players that are now in the NHL Draft.

  • Travis Jayner-- 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist, Short Track National Team, 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Travis Jayner

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday:  May 9, 1982
    Hometown: Riverview, NB
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medals in the men's 5000m relay and 1500m, eighth in the 1000m

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, Team Captain

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2007- 2012 World Championship team

    Four-time World Championship medalist (2 gold, 2 bronze)



    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2004-2013 World Cup team

    Twenty One- time World Cup medalist (3 gold, 9 silver, 9 bronze)

    Only male short track athlete in the world to medal in all 4 Olympic distances


    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY:

    2006 Olympic Trials, 12th overall
    2010 Olympic Trials, 2nd place overall in the men's 1000m, 4th overall


    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2011, 3000m U.S. Champion

    2009, 500m U.S. Champion

    2008, North American Champion

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Olympic Gold


    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I have speedskated as far back as I can remember. I got my start from my father who grew up speed skating in New York City and became National & North American Champion, the highest honors in the sport at the time



    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Stepping up on to the Olympic podium.



    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Race strategy. The best part of short track is the strategy involved. That strategy creates an excitement within each race and about the sport that is second to none. It's like playing chess with skates. I love it.


    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Not qualifying for the 2006 Olympic team. I was the fourth ranked US skater entering the trials & I finished 12th. That failure helped me get on the Olympic podium in 2010. That failure made me prepare better & not take opportunities for granted.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love skating. I love the speed, the glide, and the strategy involved in short track. I love how technically demanding the sport is. You could be the strongest athlete but if you can't apply your strength to the ice you will not be the fastest.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Chicken Quinoa
    Risotto
    Sweet Potato
    Kale
    Beets
    Energy Bits



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

    I relish either. I love being the underdog & surprising people by performing when you're not expected too. At the same time, I love having the pressure of being the favorite. I like having the pressure to win & coming through in the clutch.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    Fun comes first. This means that fun has to come first & foremost and you have to enjoy what you're doing. And at the same time if you have fun, you'll be performing at you're best & you'll finish first.


    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Dark chocolate, Ice Cream, Red Wine, Pizza


    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I love playing & watching sports along with listening to music, cooking, painting & landscaping.


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

    I love to sneak up to the mountains for some spring skiing in the morning & then back in to the valley for some golf in the afternoon.  I also love the part-time landscaping job I have.


    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Skiing, Golfing, Skateboarding, Cars, Urban art, Cooking, Landscaping, Design


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

    My biggest influences are other people pursuing their passions, living their dreams & athletes performing at the highest level under the most pressure.


    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I'm 6'1" but my wingspan is 6'5".

    I can fold a T-shirt in under 3 seconds. 

    I want to open a golf course

    I would love to host a show on HGTV.


    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Habitat for Humanity

    Sport for Change



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

    Hard work goes a long way.  Learn from your setbacks & find the opportunity.



    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    You're never too young to dream big. Be the change you want to see in the world. If you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

     


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

    Eat local, fresh, organic foods!



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

    Never ever, ever give up. Do more of what makes you happy. Work hard and stay humble.

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  • Kyle Carr- Short Track National Team, 2014 Olympic hopeful

    Christopher Kyle Carr

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: September 15, 1986
    Hometown: Peach Tree City, GA
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2010- 2012 World Championship team 

    2005 Junior World Championship team

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2006, 2010-2013 World Cup team 

    Five-time World Cup 5000m relay medalist (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012, Bronze in the men's time trial 

    2011, Bronze in the men's 3000m relay 

    2010, Bronze in the men's 500m

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    3000m Senior Men Age Group

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Make the Olympic Team

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I started as an inline speed skater. I was then introduced to short track speedskating by one of my old inline coaches.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Winning a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    I was forced to take a year off in 2006 after suffering a severe ankle break at Junior World Team trials.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The unknown, the tactics, and the speed and agility the sport requires.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Gourmet Japanese Ramen noodles.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    It's not the size of the dog in the fight, It's the size of the fight in the dog.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Gourmet pizza.

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Play basketball, ride road bikes, and spend time with my fiancé and dog.

     

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

    Work in the Commercial Real Estate market

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Basketball, riding, and real estate

     

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

    LeBron James is the most influential person in my life because in the face of adversity and all the haters, he remains the Champ.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I do not eat red meat.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    MS 150 rides in Atlanta, Georgia

    Operation Christmas Child in Atlanta, Georgia

     

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

    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    My support group. The people that I have surrounding me are amazingly supportive, motivating and inspiring.

     

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

    Eat happy.

     

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

    If you are training hard the correct way, there is no one that could be training harder or better than you are.

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  • Kimberly Derrick- 2006 & 2010 Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medalist, 2014 Olympic Hopeful and Short Track National Team member

    Kimberly Derrick

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: April 28, 1985
    Hometown: Memphis, TN
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

    2006 Winter Olympic Games, 4th place in the women's 3000m relay

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2005- 2010 World Championship team

    2010, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

    2009, 8th place overall

      

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2005-2010, 2012-2013 World Cup team

    2009, Ranked 3rd overall in the women's 1000m

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    2009 Olympic Trials, silver in the women's 1000m and silver in the 1500m

    2005 Olympic Trials, silver in the women's 1000m and bronze in the 1500m 

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012, ranked 6th overall

    2009, ranked 2nd overall

    2008, ranked 2nd overall

    2007, ranked 2nd overall

    2006, ranked 3rd overall

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    I would like to be on the World Cup team to get international racing in and help qualify spots for the Olympics and make my third Olympic Team to bring home another medal!


     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My parents ran roller rinks and I started racing competitively on inline skates at the age of six. I won numerous national titles and I am a world champion on inlines. I switched to short track in 2003.



     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

     Some of my most memorable moments are walking into the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Olympics and standing on the podium in 2010 Olympics with my teammates.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I think strengths in every race can be different depending on who you are racing with. I think for myself it usually is being in the front and trying to have control over the race.


     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Making the switch to ice and learning the technique differences in inline and short track skating.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The speeds we reach and racing. The speeds we reach with the angles we skate at are a thrill. Being in a race is also great because so much can happen in such a short amount of time.


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Lasagna


     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Chic-Fil-A


     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Read, listen to music, hang out with friends and neighbors, and watch movies


     

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

    Spend time at home in Tennessee with my family


     

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

    My parents. They are the ones who got me into skating and have always shown me how hard work and determination are the ways to reach your goal. There are no shortcuts in life.


     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    Berlys


     

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

    If you believe in yourself, others have no choice but to believe in you too

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  • J.R. Celski

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: July 17, 1990
    Hometown: Federal Way, WA
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough
     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medals in the men's 5000m relay and 1500m, eighth in the 1000m

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2009- 2013 World Championship team

    Seven-time World Championship medalist (1 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze)

    2006, 2008- 2009 Junior World Championship team

    Two-time Junior World Championship medalist (1 gold, 1 bronze)

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2008- 2013 World Cup team

    Sixteen-time World Cup medalist

     

    WORLD RECORDS:

    2012: 500m World Record, 39.937

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    500m, 39.937

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Be the best athlete and competitor that I can be

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    Joined the speed team at Pattison's West Skating Rink at 4 years old.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Being the first person to break the 40 second barrier for the 500m in Short Track history.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Technique

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    A 6-inch gash to my thigh before the 2010 Olympics.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Racing

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Fruit Juice

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    Everyone is going to face challenges. What defines you is how you overcome them.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Ice Cream

     

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

    Travel and Golf

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    Golf, hiking, film producing

     

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

    Wilma Boomstra. Without her I probably wouldn't be in the position I am in right now.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Seattle Children's Hospital

     

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

    Keep a positive mind set through the ups and downs.

     

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

    Drink lots of water

     

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

    Never give up at skating.

     

    Fun Fact

    I produced a film called "The Otherside" which premiered at SIFF in 2013.

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  • Jessica Smith

    Jessica Smith

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: October 14, 1983
    Hometown: Melvindale, MI
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Jae Su Chun

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2009, 2011- 2013 World Championship team

    Three-time World Championship medalist (1 silver, 2 bronze)

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2008- 2013 World Cup team

    Twelve-time World Cup medalist (2 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze)

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    500m U.S. record holder 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Get on the podium during the World Cup season

    2. Become a member of the 2014 Olympic team and win a gold medal

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I switched from inline speed skating to ice speed skating after accomplishing world championship titles and Pan American titles.  I couldn’t achieve my ultimate dream of becoming an Olympian because inline skating is not an Olympic sport.  So after a few athletes made the switch, I decided it was time to do the same in order to have a chance at ever being in the Olympic games.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    After just missing out on the Olympic team and being alternate to the team I had to get on a plane and race the very next weekend at the world cups.  I was still pretty upset about just missing out on the team but reminded myself that I am a champion.  Champions pull themselves together and continue to fight.  I ended up fighting through each round coming from behind to beat out another skater at the line making it into the Final of the 1000m in Shanghai, China.  I didn’t give up on myself and ended up earning a Bronze medal in the final.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Just missing out on the 2010 Olympic team. I hadn’t been on the ice very long but it was hard to be one spot away from making it.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The thrill of racing and winning.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Tacos

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Mexican food (Bean burritos) 

     

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

    I love spending time with my fiancé and being able to go back home to Michigan to visit with my family.

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    I had my mortgage license in Wisconsin.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Play Well Play Safe

     

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

    Keep trying not matter who wants to give up around you.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    The will to WIN! My family.

     

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

    Don’t stress over losing weight be healthy. 

     

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  • Emily Scott- Short Track National Team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Emily Scott

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: February 16, 1989
    Hometown: Springfield, MO
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2010- 2013 World Championship team

    2012, Silver in the women's 3000m relay

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2010- 2013 World Cup team

    Five-time World Cup 3000m relay medalist (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY:

    2009 Olympic Trials, 10th place overall

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012, 2nd place overall

    2011, 4th place overall

    2010, 4th place overall

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Make the 2013- 2014 World Cup and World Championship team

    2. Make the 2014 Olympic Team, and win a gold medal

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I started out inline speed skating in Missouri when I was 3. I decided to make the switch to ice in 2008 when I decided that I wanted to take another adventure and try to make the U.S. Olympic Team in Short Track Speedskating.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    Winning a silver medal at the 2012 World Championships in the 3000m Relay.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Endurance

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Transitioning from Inlines to ice was not as easy as I thought it would be. The technique is completely different and the training is much more intense. I am still trying to learn the technique.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The adrenaline rush that it gives me.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Chick Fil A

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Relax, Watch Movies, Play Golf, and Skype with my family.

     

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

    My father is my Idol. He has been my biggest fan and supporter since I was three years old. He makes me want to be a better person, and I would consider him my best friend.

     

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

    No matter how hard it is or how tired you are, finish!

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  • Chris Creveling-- Short Track National team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Christopher Creveling

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: December 29, 1986
    Hometown: Kintnersville, PA
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2013 World Championships, 16th place overall.

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2012-2013 World Cup team

     

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    2010 Olympic Trials participant 

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013 National Championships, champion in the men's 1000m, 2nd place overall

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    American record in the men's 1000m, 1.23.187

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    1. Win a World Cup single distance

    2. Make the Olympic team and bring home a medal

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    When I was a baby, I was already skating. My parents owned a roller rink, and I learned to skate around the same time I learned to walk. In 2007, I made the transtion from inlines to ice.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    At the 2012 Single Distance Championships, I won both time trials. It was the best feeling because I was well on my way to making my first World Cup team and all my hard work for the last six years was paying off.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    I can change and dictate the pace (speed up or slow the pack) to what I want.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Last summer I had to switch my diet to gluten free. It was very hard to find out about everything I could and could not eat.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    The chance to travel the world while doing what I love

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    Homemade chicken pot pie 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    Make your worst practice your best practice

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Ice cream, I'll get a three-scoop sundae from Leatherby's

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I like to go on road trips, go to Real soccer games with friends, sit down with a coffee at the coffee garden, and spend time at the mall

     

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

    I go visit my family when possible, or I plan a trip to the beaches in California or Florida.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I really enjoy inline skating, snowboarding, writing my blog, hiking and backpacking, motorsports, golfing and playing Frisbee.

     

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

    The  most influential person in my life is Steve Jobs. After reading his book it really inspired me to make changes.

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    My friends and family call me Toph because of Chris 'toph' er.
     

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

    Never be afraid of change. Make every workout a little different and try to adapt to something new.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    My support group, friends and family and girlfriend. I also like to read books from Lance Armstrong, Apolo Ohno and Michael Jordan.

     

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

    At the beginning of last season, I was going through a tough bout of digestive problems. To make things easier on my stomach I decided to go with a gluten free diet. In a matter of weeks I began to feel better and got back to training.

     

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

    Don't make the mistake of skating like someone else. Go skate like you.

     

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  • Alyson Dudek-- 2010 Olympic Bronze medalist, Short Track National team and 2014 Olympic Hopeful

    Alyson Dudek

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: July 30, 1990
    Hometown: Hales Corners, WI
    Current Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough
     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:

    2010 Olympic Winter Games, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY: 

    2009-2013 World Championship team

    Three-time World Championship medalist (3 bronze)

    2007-2009 Junior World Championship team

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY: 

    2006-2013 World Cup team

    Seven-time World Cup medalist (6 silver, 1 bronze)

    World Cup 1000m bronze medalist

      

    OLYMPIC TRIALS HISTORY: 

    2009 Olympic Trials, champion in the women's 500m and finished 2nd place overall.

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2013, 2nd place in the women's 500m, 2nd place in the 1,000m and 3rd place overall

    2012, 500m champion and 2nd place overall 

    2011, 2nd place overall 

    2010, 2nd place overall and 500m champion 

    2009, 7th place overall

     

    NATIONAL RECORDS:

    Ladies 500m record holder

    Ladies 3,000m relay record 

    Junior Ladies 500m record holder 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    My goals for the 2013/2014 season includes:

    1. Making the World Cup team and getting on the podium both individually as well as part of the relay team.

    2. To make the 2014 Olympic Team and win another medal.

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    I grew up close to the Pettit National Ice center in Milwaukee and loved to go to open skate. When I saw the West Allis Speedskating club training there and watched the '98 Olympics, I wanted to become an Olympian and have fallen in love with the sport since.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    My most memorable speedskating moment was when I won the bronze medal with my teammates in the 3,000m relay at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in  Vancouver.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Speed and smarts.

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    Challenges I have had to overcome include moving away from home at 17 years old, dealing with the intensity that comes with training to be the best, and past injuries.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love the never-ending action and anticipation of short track. It is fast, intense, unpredictable, and it has made me a stronger person.

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MANTRA?

    "The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood its ground." My mom gave this quote to me embroidered on a pillow.  I believe it fits perfectly!

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Kopps custard and Ann's pizza.  (Wisconsinites would understand!)

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    I am a total foodie. I will spend my entire day off in the kitchen experimenting with dishes and baked goods determined to find ways to "healthify" just about anything.

     

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

    I enjoy going home and spending time with my family and dog. I also like to take small trips to places I have not yet been without the stress of competing and just taking the time to relax and recover.

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I grew up on the lake in Northern Wisconsin, so I love outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, tubing, skiing, snowmobiling.  Others include shopping, cooking, reading, and just staying active.

     

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

    My family has been the most influential thing in my life.  I would not be who I am or where I am today without their guidance and good humor!
     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    Anit-Bullying platform - launched in 2012

    Habitat for Humanity 

     

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

    Always remember your goals and love for whatever it is you do, especially during the hardest days.

     

    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?

    "Take care of your character and your reputation will take care of you."  "Don't let the good days go to your head, or the bad days mess with your heart."

     

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  • Allison Baver

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday:  August 11th, 1980
    Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA
    Current Residence:  Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:  

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

    2006 Winter Olympic Games

    2002 Winter Olympic Games

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2002-World Team Championship Team-Milwaukee, WI

    2003-World Team and World Championship Team-Warsaw, Poland 

    2004-World Team and World Championship Team-Beijing, China (Broke 1000m American Record and then broke it again!)

    2005-World Team and World Championship Team-Gothenburg, Sweden

    2006-World Team and World Championship Team-Minneapolis, MN 2007-World Team and World Championship Team-Milan, Italy 

    2008-World Team and World Championship Team-Soeul, Korea 2009-World Team and World Championship Championship Team Member-Vienna, Austria 

    2010-World Team and World Championship Team Member-Sophia, Bulgaria 

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2002-2003 World Cup Team 

    2003-2004 World Cup Team (Broke own 1000m American Record)

    2004-2005 World Cup Team 

    2005-2006 World Cup Team 

    2005-2006 Ranked 3rd Overall in the World Rankings (First USA female in 10 years.) 

    2007-2008 World Cup Team 

    2008-2009 World Cup Team (More World Cup Medals than any female Short Track Skater in USA History, broke 1500m world and american record in same race current world record was broken, broke 3000m ladies relay record a few times)

    2009-2010 World Cup Team 

    Silver Ladies Relay

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012 American Cup Champion

    2012 National Championships 6th 

    2010 National Championships 7th

    2009 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in 1500m, 1000m and Ladies Relay 

    2008 National Championships-Silver Overall 

    2007 National Championships-Champion (Gold)

    2006 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in the 1500m, 500m (Gold) and Ladies Relay

    2005 National Championships-Silver Overall (Gold 500m)

    2004 National Championships (Don’t remember)

    2003 National Championships (Don’t remember)

    2002 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in the Ladies Relay, 1000m Time Trial Champion (Gold)-American Record. 

    Multi-Time World Cup Trials Champion  

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    1500m American Record Holder,  2:17.224 (2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT)

    Previous American Record Holder in the 1000m, 1000m Time Trial, 3000m Ladies Relay.  

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Go for the gold! 

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My parents bought me fisher price roller skates when I was 4 yrs old and after doing cartwheels and dancing to music with my skates until the age of 11, I joined the roller speed skating team.  In 1991 competed in my first National Championships and in 1992 won my first National Championship on inline skates, which were new to the sport that year and I immediately excelled.  My Dad pointed out short track speed skating to me during and Olympics and said it’s like what I do but on ice.  It was Cathy Turner who I was watching, USA 500m Gold Medalist.  A coach, Shawn Walb, suggested I try ice skating when I was still in high school.  A few years later, in September of 2000, I moved to train for the 2002 Olympics.  A year and three months later, in September of 2001, I broke the American Record in the 1000m Time Trial at the 2002 Olympic Trials and qualified for my first Olympic Team! 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    During the 2010 Olympics, we won bronze in the ladies relay!  During our victory lap I tried to look for my family and friends, but couldn’t find them.  Slightly bummed, I knew they were watching somewhere.  About to exit the ice, I heard my name being screamed in unison, I looked up and there were all of my family and friends hanging over the railing with their arms up screaming!  I had never seen them so happy.  Immediately I held the flag up in victory.  At that moment all of the camera’s took pictures of me holding the flag and looking up.  You wouldn’t know what I was looking at in the photo, but it’s my family.  A great moment.  I went to grab my skate guards that protect my blades to leave the ice and still so happy looking up at them again, got tears in my eyes.  The photographers also captured this moment!  The photo of me with tears in my eyes was in the media the next day.  If only they could have captured my family and friends who were so crucial in my journey.  The Olympic moment would not have been the same without them.  It’s my most memorable.  

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Racing has simply always been my strength.  I absolutely love it.  International racing is the best!  Olympic and international race experience is now my biggest strength of all.  

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    One year before the 2010 Olympic Games, I broke my right leg and ankle.  It was actually one year to the date of the Opening Ceremonies when I was making a pass to win the 1500m final during one of the last World Cups of the 2009 racing season in Sophia, Bulgaria.  In that race I was contending to become the 1500m World Cup Series Champion for the first time in my career and was unable to finish the race.   I flew back to the USA with my leg broken to have surgery 10 days later and was not able to walk for over three months with the Olympic Trials in September, only four months after I was able to start learning how to walk again.  With faith in God and an amazing support team, I was able to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in 3 out of 4 events and “walk” into opening ceremonies the same day I broke my leg one year before.  It felt it was a miracle to be walking yet alone to go for the gold!  What I had overcome in that year was something I can barely put into words and now from what I have heard one of the biggest comebacks in sports.  It is so easy to write Olympic Bronze on paper as if it’s something to check off the list and move onto the next mountain to climb, but when I look back it was the cartwheels on those fisher price roller skates, the long car rides to competitions and the entire journey and every person in it that got me there.  The pain, positivity, hard work, and team that went into that medal was nothing shy of gold.  I thank my lucky stars and every single person a part of the journey.  

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love everything about it. 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    The breakfast of champions!   

     

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

    Doesn’t matter. 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Sweets.  

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Shop, I enjoy just hanging out at the mall with an italian decaf mocha or tea and looking at all the fabulous designs, colors, styles and seasons while talking on the phone and moving mountains! 

     

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

    Stay active.  Visit the fam.  Have fun. 

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    1. I have faith in a higher power and my faith is the purpose behind every action and decision I make. 

    2. The first time my Dad ever saw me skate someone jumped over top of me during a fall and cut my face so bad he needed to take me to the hospital for 45 stitches in my forehead. You can still slightly see the battle scar on my forehead and down my face if you look close enough.  

    3. My day isn’t complete unless I accomplish something.     

     

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

    I wouldn’t change places with anyone. But I think surgeons who saves lives and Oprah Winfrey for changing them are cool places to be. 

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    I go by Allison, but some family calls me “Al.”  My coach's and teamies call me “The Bave,” “Baver” or “Bave.”  Friends who think they got jokes reference the “skater booty” in various knick names.   

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    The foundation I started and hope you become a part of!  www.offtheice.org  

     

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

    Champions train when know one is looking. 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Faith. Certain quotes and mantras.   

     

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

    Set simple nutrition goals and be consistent.  For examples:  Eat green veggies for lunch everyday. 

     

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

    Life:  Always say thank you and apologize if you’re wrong, they both go a long way. 

    Skating:  Race from your heart.  

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  • Allison Baver

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday:  August 11th, 1980
    Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA
    Current Residence:  Salt Lake City, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough

     

    OLYMPIC HISTORY:  

    2010 Winter Olympic Games, bronze medal in the women's 3000m relay

    2006 Winter Olympic Games

    2002 Winter Olympic Games

     

    WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2002-World Team Championship Team-Milwaukee, WI

    2003-World Team and World Championship Team-Warsaw, Poland 

    2004-World Team and World Championship Team-Beijing, China (Broke 1000m American Record and then broke it again!)

    2005-World Team and World Championship Team-Gothenburg, Sweden

    2006-World Team and World Championship Team-Minneapolis, MN 2007-World Team and World Championship Team-Milan, Italy 

    2008-World Team and World Championship Team-Soeul, Korea 2009-World Team and World Championship Championship Team Member-Vienna, Austria 

    2010-World Team and World Championship Team Member-Sophia, Bulgaria 

     

    WORLD CUP HISTORY:

    2002-2003 World Cup Team 

    2003-2004 World Cup Team (Broke own 1000m American Record)

    2004-2005 World Cup Team 

    2005-2006 World Cup Team 

    2005-2006 Ranked 3rd Overall in the World Rankings (First USA female in 10 years.) 

    2007-2008 World Cup Team 

    2008-2009 World Cup Team (More World Cup Medals than any female Short Track Skater in USA History, broke 1500m world and american record in same race current world record was broken, broke 3000m ladies relay record a few times)

    2009-2010 World Cup Team 

    Silver Ladies Relay

     

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY:

    2012 American Cup Champion

    2012 National Championships 6th 

    2010 National Championships 7th

    2009 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in 1500m, 1000m and Ladies Relay 

    2008 National Championships-Silver Overall 

    2007 National Championships-Champion (Gold)

    2006 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in the 1500m, 500m (Gold) and Ladies Relay

    2005 National Championships-Silver Overall (Gold 500m)

    2004 National Championships (Don’t remember)

    2003 National Championships (Don’t remember)

    2002 National Championships-Qualified for the Olympic Team in the Ladies Relay, 1000m Time Trial Champion (Gold)-American Record. 

    Multi-Time World Cup Trials Champion  

     

    NATIONAL RECORD:

    1500m American Record Holder,  2:17.224 (2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT)

    Previous American Record Holder in the 1000m, 1000m Time Trial, 3000m Ladies Relay.  

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON?

    Go for the gold! 

     

    HOW DID YOU GET INTO SPEEDSKATING?

    My parents bought me fisher price roller skates when I was 4 yrs old and after doing cartwheels and dancing to music with my skates until the age of 11, I joined the roller speed skating team.  In 1991 competed in my first National Championships and in 1992 won my first National Championship on inline skates, which were new to the sport that year and I immediately excelled.  My Dad pointed out short track speed skating to me during and Olympics and said it’s like what I do but on ice.  It was Cathy Turner who I was watching, USA 500m Gold Medalist.  A coach, Shawn Walb, suggested I try ice skating when I was still in high school.  A few years later, in September of 2000, I moved to train for the 2002 Olympics.  A year and three months later, in September of 2001, I broke the American Record in the 1000m Time Trial at the 2002 Olympic Trials and qualified for my first Olympic Team! 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE SPEEDSKATING MOMENT?

    During the 2010 Olympics, we won bronze in the ladies relay!  During our victory lap I tried to look for my family and friends, but couldn’t find them.  Slightly bummed, I knew they were watching somewhere.  About to exit the ice, I heard my name being screamed in unison, I looked up and there were all of my family and friends hanging over the railing with their arms up screaming!  I had never seen them so happy.  Immediately I held the flag up in victory.  At that moment all of the camera’s took pictures of me holding the flag and looking up.  You wouldn’t know what I was looking at in the photo, but it’s my family.  A great moment.  I went to grab my skate guards that protect my blades to leave the ice and still so happy looking up at them again, got tears in my eyes.  The photographers also captured this moment!  The photo of me with tears in my eyes was in the media the next day.  If only they could have captured my family and friends who were so crucial in my journey.  The Olympic moment would not have been the same without them.  It’s my most memorable.  

     

    WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH ON THE ICE?

    Racing has simply always been my strength.  I absolutely love it.  International racing is the best!  Olympic and international race experience is now my biggest strength of all.  

     

    WHAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERCOME?

    One year before the 2010 Olympic Games, I broke my right leg and ankle.  It was actually one year to the date of the Opening Ceremonies when I was making a pass to win the 1500m final during one of the last World Cups of the 2009 racing season in Sophia, Bulgaria.  In that race I was contending to become the 1500m World Cup Series Champion for the first time in my career and was unable to finish the race.   I flew back to the USA with my leg broken to have surgery 10 days later and was not able to walk for over three months with the Olympic Trials in September, only four months after I was able to start learning how to walk again.  With faith in God and an amazing support team, I was able to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in 3 out of 4 events and “walk” into opening ceremonies the same day I broke my leg one year before.  It felt it was a miracle to be walking yet alone to go for the gold!  What I had overcome in that year was something I can barely put into words and now from what I have heard one of the biggest comebacks in sports.  It is so easy to write Olympic Bronze on paper as if it’s something to check off the list and move onto the next mountain to climb, but when I look back it was the cartwheels on those fisher price roller skates, the long car rides to competitions and the entire journey and every person in it that got me there.  The pain, positivity, hard work, and team that went into that medal was nothing shy of gold.  I thank my lucky stars and every single person a part of the journey.  

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SPEEDSKATING?

    I love everything about it. 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?

    The breakfast of champions!   

     

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

    Doesn’t matter. 

     

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD?

    Sweets.  

     

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME?

    Shop, I enjoy just hanging out at the mall with an italian decaf mocha or tea and looking at all the fabulous designs, colors, styles and seasons while talking on the phone and moving mountains! 

     

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

    Stay active.  Visit the fam.  Have fun. 

     

    WHAT IS SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT NO ONE KNOWS?

    1. I have faith in a higher power and my faith is the purpose behind every action and decision I make. 

    2. The first time my Dad ever saw me skate someone jumped over top of me during a fall and cut my face so bad he needed to take me to the hospital for 45 stitches in my forehead. You can still slightly see the battle scar on my forehead and down my face if you look close enough.  

    3. My day isn’t complete unless I accomplish something.     

     

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

    I wouldn’t change places with anyone. But I think surgeons who saves lives and Oprah Winfrey for changing them are cool places to be. 

     

    DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME?

    I go by Allison, but some family calls me “Al.”  My coach's and teamies call me “The Bave,” “Baver” or “Bave.”  Friends who think they got jokes reference the “skater booty” in various knick names.   

     

    WHAT IS YOUR CHARITY INVOLVEMENT?

    The foundation I started and hope you become a part of!  www.offtheice.org  

     

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

    Champions train when know one is looking. 

     

    WHAT ARE YOUR MOTIVATIONAL TOOLS?

    Faith. Certain quotes and mantras.   

     

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

    Set simple nutrition goals and be consistent.  For examples:  Eat green veggies for lunch everyday. 

     

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

    Life:  Always say thank you and apologize if you’re wrong, they both go a long way. 

    Skating:  Race from your heart.  

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  • Jordan Malone, US Speedskating National Team Short Track Speedskater

    Jordan Malone

    Short Track Speedskating

    Birthday: April 20, 1984
    Hometown: Denton, TX
    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT
    Coach: Stephen Gough
     

    Career Highlights

    2010 Olympic Bronze in Vancouver

    2 Short Track World Championship titles

    14 Inline World Championship titles

    1000 meter American record holder since 2008

     

    Teams

    2012 Short Track World Championship Team

    2005-2010 Short Track World Championship Team

    2000-2004 Inline World Championship Team

     

    How did you get into speedskating?

    Watching Apolo in the 2002 Olympics was my inspiration and 2 years later I made the transition from Inline to ice

     

    What is your most memorable speedkating accomplishment?

    Being on the podium at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver

     

    What is your favorite thing about speedskating?

    Representing where I’m from all over the world

     

    What other sports have you competed in?

    Inline speedskater for 15 years

     

    Charities you have volunteered for?

    I visit elementary schools during my off-season to try and inspire kids to dream big

     

    Favorite Movie?

    Super Troopers, Fight Club, and Serendipity

     

    Favorite food?

    Seafood

     

    Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

    Butter Pecan

     

    Favorite season of the year? Why?

    Summer, reminds me of home.

     

    Favorite team to cheer for?

    USA

     

    The best speedskater of all time is? Why?

    Apolo, for so many reasons.

     

    What are your career plans after speedskating?

    Finish my Electrical Engineering degree somewhere and venture into Alternative Energy

     

    What I am listening to on my ipod lately…

    'The Good Sin' and other stuff you don't find on the radio.

     

    When I am not speedskating you can find me...

    Keeping myself busy with a million other things. I can never stay still for very long. I love making things out of Carbon Fiber.

     

    The speedskating city I am most looking forward to visiting is…

    Sochi, Russia

     

    The coolest celeb I have ever met is...

    John Cusack in the Beijing Black Pearl Market

     

    One thing I have promised myself to do someday is…

    Change someone's life for the better

     

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