One word that seems to remain constant in the area of success, no matter what arena you play in, is luck! We are probably all familiar with the popular quote by Thomas Jefferson, "I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." Or, more recently, "The harder I work the luckier I get." Samuel Goldwyn. There are people that live by the meaning of these quotes and then there are those that tend to feel a little more comfortable with the idea that luck is simply events or circumstances out of our control that work for or against an individual. No matter what opinion you may hold, please join us in wishing the very best of luck to those individuals that started their incredibly successful speed skating and figure skating careers with USA Roller Sports. One USA Roller Sports figure skating athlete and 11 USA Roller Sports speed skating athletes are going for gold in Vancouver! Please read on for a little more information about all the athletes and while you are here check out some photos of them on wheels.
Caydee began skating on roller skates at the age of 3 and was competing by the age of 4. Denney won the gold medal in the juvenile girls singles event and she and her partner won the gold medal in the elementary pairs event at the USA Roller Sports Figure National Championships. Denney's parents are both USA Roller Sports national champions and her father was a two-time member of the USA Roller Sports Figure World Team.
Apolo started his successful speed skating career with USA Roller Sports. Ohno won a gold medal in inline speed skating and a bronze medal in quad speed skating at the 1992 USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships.
Chad Hedrick was the USA Roller Sports Skater of the Year in 1995, 1997, 2000 and 2003. Hedrick competed in the World Championship event from 1994-2002 and accumulated 50 World Championship titles! He was inducted into the USARS Athlete Hall of Fame in 2009.
Allison is believed to be the 1st female inline speed skater to qualify for the Olympics in short track speed skating. Allison received a gold medal and a silver medal at the USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships before switching to ice.
Kimberly grew up on roller skates! Between the ages of 6 and 18, Derrick won and placed in numerous USA Roller Sports National Championships. Derrick was on the USARS World Team in 2001 and 2002 and won four gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.
J.R. won four gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal during his time as a USA Roller Sports athlete. In addition to winning medals he also set national records that stood for years to follow. Celski's father is also a USA Roller Sports indoor national champion. J.R. and his father both won their individual division at indoor nationals in 2001.
Jilleanne Rookard may as well have been born on roller skates! She grew up roller skating in her family owned roller skating rinks and went on to win numerous national and international titles. Jilleanne was on the USA Roller Sports World Team from 2002-2005 and was on the Pan American Championship Team in 2005.
Heather Richardson competed as a part of the USA Roller Sports Junior World Team from 2003-2006 and as a part of the senior World Team in 2007. Richardson had an amazing roller sports career as she won eight gold medals, one silver medal and three bronze medals at the World Championships. Heather is amongst the very few athletes that have been able to excel in multiple distances as she able to win medals at Worlds in distances spanning from 300 meters to the marathon.
Lauren won numerous medals at the USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships and the USA Roller Sports Outdoor National Championships during her time on inlines. Cholewinski was best known for her unbelievable sprint. At the 2003 Outdoor National Championships in Colorado Springs, Lauren won three bronze medals in sprint races.
Katherine is amongst the many that began her successful speed skating career with USA Roller Sports. She qualified for and competed at the USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships. Reutter has stated, "inlines is where I really developed a love for the sport and the work ethic to constantly be improving."
Jennifer was inducted into the USA Roller Sports Athlete Hall of Fame in 2002. Jennifer may be best known for her speed skating success due to her Olympic speed skating career, but she was also an incredible figure skater. In addition to winning multiple national medals throughout her career, Rodriguez won World medals in speed and figure!
Jordan Malone won multiple national titles in USA Roller Sports events. Malone competed as a part of Team USA at the World Championships from 2000-2004. Jordan won 14 gold medals, four silver medals and three bronze medals in World competition. In 2001, Malone won every point lap on his way to victory in the 5,000 meter points race.