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Speed Skaters to Compete in World University Games

Feb. 03, 2015, 8:23 p.m. (ET)

Once again, US Speedskating has had the fortune of being headquartered in the State of Sport, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Athletes living and attending University in the four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming were eligible to receive special funding for travel through the Bill Daniels Grant, which made sending a team to the prestigious 2015 World University Games a possibility.

The grant was established by the late Bill Daniels, who ran a cable company in the four states. His goal was to give back to the young people of the region where he earned his fortune. This year, the Fund allotted $250,000 to support the University Games. In addition to short track speed skating, the grant helped support cross country, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, and hockey. This year’s games will include the largest American team to ever participate.

“US Speedskating is incredibly grateful to the Bill Daniels Foundation for the grant we received,” said US Speedskating’s Executive Director Ted Morris. “Without this support, we would not have been able to cover the travel costs to send a team to this exciting event in Spain. The World University Games will provide new and valuable international competition experience for many of these athletes.”

Team USA:

                    Ladies:                                                  Men:

                    1. Lexi Burkholder                         1. Adam Callister

                    2. Katy Ralston                              2. Casey Mullarkey

                    3. Kristen Santos                           3. Jae Jae Yoo

                    4. Jerebelle Yutangco                     4. Aaron Tran

                    5. Lauren Ziegelmayer                   5. Ian Quinn

                    6. Taylor Wentz                             6. Benjamin Oh*



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