Midland's Perry Excited To Be Part Of Long Track National Training Program

By Dan Chalk / Midland Daily News | July 06, 2018, 6:56 p.m. (ET)

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Midland's Brett Perry is excited about the latest step in his speed skating training -- being selected for U.S. Speedskating's Long Track National Training Program.
Perry was thrilled when he received an invitation to join the program in May.

"I was ecstatic," said Perry, who finished fourth in the 500-meter race at the U.S. Olympic trials last January, one place out of making the Olympic team. "I felt like I deserved it after my performance at the Olympic trials."

Perry, 25, has competed in the past two Olympic trials, in 2014 and 2018. He said as of right now, he is training to make the Olympic team for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China.
"I'm taking it year by year, but that would be my main goal, yes," he said.

Perry continues to train at the Utah Olympic Oval near Salt Lake City, where he has been training and working for the past four years.

But now, he is coached by U.S. Speedskating coaches Tom Cushman and Ryan Shimabukuro, and is training with past Olympians such as Brittany Bowe, Jonathan Garcia, Joey Mantia and Carlijn Schoutens.

"They push you to go harder than you've ever gone before," Perry said of the benefits of training with past Olympians.

He added that being part of the National Training Program helps him with paying ice fees and coaching fees and also gives him access to trainers and nutritionists.
It also afforded him a unique training opportunity.

Last week, Perry was one of 12 skaters in the National Training Program who spent several days biking picturesque but challenging routes in northern California's Sonoma County in the annual U.S. Speedskating Cycling Camp.

The week included a 70-mile round trip to the Pacific coast and a ride to the Redwood Forests, where the athletes took a guided hike before biking back to their hotel.
"1,400 year old trees - amazing," Perry was quoted as saying of the Redwoods in an article on usspeedskating.com. "But did we really have to bike back?"

Perry's next skating competition will be the World Cup Trials in September in West Allis, Wis.