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Catching Up with Tucker Fredricks

Sept. 18, 2014, 3:16 p.m. (ET)

USS: First off, congrats! What’s the kid story! Name, birthday, what’s changed in your life? 


TF: Our boys name is Sena Daniel Fredricks. He was born this July.  He is doing great! It's true that now there aren't enough hours in the day, but it is so much fun!


USS: Now that you’re shifting gears, what are your future plans?


TF: As of now, my future plans are to become a coach. I have seriously been thinking about it for the past six years. Speedskating is something that I love. I want to give back to the sport and hopefully give my skaters an opportunity for a wonderful career of skating. As of August, I was hired by the Utah Olympic Oval as the FAST team head coach and it has been so much fun!


USSYou competed in multiple Olympic Games, what was your personal highlight? What about World Cup highlights?


TFWorld cup highlights?  Well, I've had a few good races, pulled some rabbits out of some hats, but i would say the biggest highlights were the hours spent laying in hotel beds playing games, watching movies. Long enough layovers in Europe so that we could see the city before getting to our final destination. Competing in go-cart races after the real competition is over.  Making friends with skaters from other countries that will last a lifetime, and spending time with teammates coaches and staff that will now always be my family. 

USS: What was your most memorable World Cup win?

TF: Last year in Calgary, because I distinctly remember eating a Big Mac, large fries and a large Coke immediately before getting on the ice. 

USS: What coach influenced you the most?


TFThe coach that had the biggest impact in my career was Ryan Shimabukuro. I pretty much grew up with him as my coach and we have been through a lot together. He was always there when I needed him and he always knew when I needed to figure things out for myself in order to grow as an athlete and a person. Thanks big time, Ry Guy.


USSBest piece of advice for up and coming athletes?


TFBe prepared to work extremely hard and have enormous amounts of fun!  


USSWhat is one thing you’d like to forget? (ever leave skate guards on stepping on the ice? How about unzipping your suit a little too much?)


TF: I don't think there is anything that I would like to forget, but I did toe in off the start in my first world cup race ever, fell, and laid on the ice for a bit in embarrassment. Joji Kato still thinks that was super funny, and it really was. Good times…


USSAnything else that you would want to add? We're very grateful for everything that you’ve done for the sport.


TFHips under.  Drive out.  Don't run.  Skate.

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