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An Update from NTP Athlete Sarah Chen

Feb. 17, 2015, 1:38 p.m. (ET)

On February 1, I teamed up with Olympians Dan Weinstein, JP Kepka, and Caroline Hallisey-Kepka to skate in the Skating Club at Dartmouth (SCAD) Skating Spectacular! We skated alongside our SCAD speed skaters, who participate in a learn-to speedskate program here in the Upper Valley.  

When the speed skaters first took the ice, our SCAD skaters raced around the track for an exciting relay. Then Dan, JP, Caroline, and I skated our own relay to continue to showcase the thrill of speedskating!  

Held at Dartmouth's Thompson arena, the showcase featured world-class figure skaters, a synchronized team, and SCAD skaters ages 3 and up. The show also served as a fundraiser for the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.    

Dan is a 2x Olympian (1998 and 2002), World Team Member, Junior World Team Member, and US National Champion. Still very involved in the speedskating community, he commentates for Universal Sports during the World Cup season. He lives close to Dartmouth with his wife Amelia and three young children Grace, Sophie, and Levi. 

JP is also a 2x Olympian (2002 and 2006), World Team Member and Junior World Team Member. He and teammates Apolo Ohno, Rusty Smith, and Alex Izykowski took home bronze in the 5000m relay at the 2006 Olympics. JP will travel to Osaka, Japan with the US Short Track Junior World Team in March as the team's athletic trainer.

Caroline Hallisey-Kepka is a 3x Olympian (1998, 2002, ad 2006), World Team Member, and Junior World Team Member. She and JP live in Exeter, New Hampshire with their daughter Joanna. 

Sarah Chen

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