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…

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…

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…

Andrew Poje

The Journey to Success BioAchievementsMore When Andrew Poje accompanied his sister to her ice skating classes as a kid, he probably didn’t realize that those hours were the beginning of a lifelong pursuit and passion. Since he was always at the rink, his mom decided to enroll him in classes as well. The Canadian native…

Thomas Hong

Big Goals from a Young Age: Podium or Bust BioAchievementsMore Some five-year-old kids are still tripping over their feet when running across the playground, but for Short Track Speed Skater Thomas Hong, this was when he began racing on the ice at his local Speed Skating club in Columbia, Maryland. Since then, Thomas has dedicated…