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ALUMNI JOURNAL

 

 

ALUMNI JOURNAL-- WHAT IS IT?
 
Welcome to Alumni Journal!  This is the first of a bi-annual newsletter through which we hope to communicate with speedskating alumni and share articles of interest, news, upcoming events, and much much more! If you want to continue receiving this email, click here to subscribe >>
 
BUT...we need your help!  We have such an incredible group of athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers, friends and family in our skating community that have helped the sport over many years to where it is today.  We want to find them wherever they may be and this is where we need you!  
 
Please consider sharing Alumni Journal with those skating friends and colleagues you know have been out of touch with the sport and help us realize our goal of reconnecting with them.  We also want your suggestions and contributions as to what type of content you would like to see in future issues, and what milestones, experiences, photos and memorabilia you wish to share.
 

SPEEDSKATING ALUMNI REUNION

 

The USS Alumni Commission is hosting a Speedskating Alumni Reunion, presented by Alien In-Line, and we would be honored if you could join us for an evening of fun and reacquainting with skating friends.

 

The featured keynote speaker will be Mr. John Coyle, US Silver Medalist Speedskating Olympian, Sr. Vice President of Innovation at Maddock Douglas and TEDx speaker. He will present The Heart of the Art of Really Living; The Counterintuitive Nature of Time. Get a sneak peak of his talk here >>

 

The Alumni Commission will also be launching the new speedskating alumni webpage!

 

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: DAVE NEEDHAM
 
 
Dave Needham’s athletic career was all about fast skating, but his culinary career is most certainly not about fast food. A burning desire to eat anything BUT Kraft Dinner and day-old ramen noodles, too many hours watching the Food Network between workouts and a friendship with Calgary Chef/Ice Tech Shawn Bower started him on a culinary adventure that would lead to a successful career in one of America’s most competitive industries.
 
After ending a long and short track speed skating career that featured two National Championships, two appearances at the US Olympic Festival and time on the Junior National Team, Needham attended  one of America’s most prestigious culinary schools; The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York.
 
 
 
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: DAVE SILK
 
Dr. Dave Silk is historically one of America’s best distance skaters ever.  Dave is one of only two American men to ever win the overall World Cup in the 5km event. He is an Olympian and World Championship medalist, and was recently inducted into the US Speedskating Hall of Fame.  Hailing from a small town in western Montana, as a person he is about as grounded as they come.  We caught up with Dave recently for a few laps…

 

Click here to read the Q & A >>

 

 

 

TIMELESS SPEEDSKATING MOMENTS

 

 

  

 

For more photos or to share you own, join the Alumni Group on Facebook >>

 

 
ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
- Bonnie Blair, Joey Cheek, Patrick Meek, Right to Play Central Park Classic
- Sarah Chen, Caroline Hallisey-K​epka, JP Kepka, Dan Weinstein, An Update from NTP Athlete Sarah Chen
- Dave and Lori Silk, A Butte Tradition: School Races
 
 
ALUMNI IN MEMORIAM
 

                                            

Shawn Walb (1964- 2014)                     Harold Aure (1937-2015)

 

ALUMNI MILESTONES AND HONORS

We want to be able to recognize alumni for their various accomplishments and life events.  Should you know someone who would like to share a marriage, a new arrival/birth, a promotion or other honor, please consider sharing with Alumni Journal and we will post it.  Contact Jenny Walter, jwalter@usspeedskating.org

 

 

 

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