Tyler George

Sliding and Sweeping to Victory BioAchievementsMore Tyler George settled into the push blocks, or “hack” on the Curling sheet, took a deep breath, and then launched into his throw in the eighth “end,” or period of the gold medal match in 2018 in PyeongChang.  The rock slid down the 125’ lane, then with his teammates…

Sam Michener

Power, Precision, Speed, and Punishment BioAchievementsMore Pushing a four-man Bobsled requires power, precision, and speed. Sam Michener, of Gresham, Oregon, possesses all those qualities in abundance. As the brakeman for the US team, Sam is responsible for the last extra push that sends the sled screaming down the track at speeds up to 90 mph.…

Ryan Pivirotto

A Quick Rise in a Quick Sport BioAchievementsMore Ryan Pivirotto was riveted to the television watching the Speed Skating finals of the Games in Vancouver in 2010. He was a hockey player and loved competing, but watching Apolo Ohno dominate in the controlled riot on ice called Short Track Speed Skating was all it took…

Mark Ladwig

Ordinary Man Doing Extraordinary Things BioAchievementsMore Trying a different sport when one sport doesn’t work out? That’s ordinary. Taking a “gap year” after high school to decide what to do in life? That’s pretty ordinary. Competing on the world stage at the Games in Sochi in 2014? Now that is extraordinary. And the person doing…

Lana Gehring

Always Proactive, Always Reactive on the Ice BioAchievementsMore Standing on the winners’ podium at the Games is a dream moment for athletes across the world, and Lana Gehring can tell you all about it. As a bronze medalist in Short Track Speedskating in the Games in Vancouver in 2010, she learned that even though “the…

Jimmy Reed

If You Can Trust Yourself When All Men Doubt You… BioAchievementsMore “USA! USA! USA!” This is the chant that Jimmy Reed loves to hear when competing in the 4-Man Bobsled event on his home track in Lake Placid, New York. Even when he’s abroad, however, he finds inspiration from the poem by Rudyard Kipling that…

Jessica Kooreman

Skating Almost Before She Could Walk BioAchievementsMore It’s one thing to compete in an event as a world-class athlete and quite another to compete in one as a toddler. For Jessica Kooreman, however, this young start is exactly what has helped her become one of the best Short Track Speed Skaters in the world. She…

Barrett Martineau

Full-Time World-Class Athlete BioAchievementsMore Sliding headfirst down an ice tunnel at speeds of 140 km/hr is not for the faint of heart, but Barrett Martineau works full-time to perfect that very feat as a Skeleton athlete. Though he started out as a ski jumper/Nordic combined athlete, he began competing in Skeleton in 2010 and has…

Kaitlyn Weaver

Being the Best YOU BioAchievementsMore After a devastating fracture of her fibula during a training session in 2012, doctors told Canadian Figure Skater Kaitlyn Weaver that she would likely not be able to compete in the upcoming World Championships. Weaver’s determination and persistence, however, pushed her to a safe recovery and an amazing fifth-place finish…