US Speedskating is pleased to announce the 2018 Tour of Olympians, a mobile caravan that will attract speed skating fans and engage with speed skaters.
The 19-day tour will pass through 19 speed skating clubs and traverse 2,500 miles across the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Each club will host 2018 Olympians, area alumni and USS representatives for a day before moving onto the next city.
The speed skating-rich town of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. will kick off the tour, the weekend of March 23-25, as over 200 skaters compete in the Short Track Age Group National Championships. Two-time Olympian Jessica Kooreman (Melvindale, Mich.) and Olympic bronze medalist Carlijn Schoutens (Trenton, N.J.) are the first two athletes to join in the fun.
At the conclusion of the weekend, the two USS/Toyota branded vehicles will make their way to the Boston area for an event organized by Bay State Speedskating Club before venturing further south for three days in the Tri-State area (CT, NY, NJ).
Heading into Easter weekend, the caravan will drive down Interstate 95 to the Washington D.C. area and will visit three clubs – United Capital, Dominion and Potomac – along with a morning visit with DC-Ice for their summer program kickoff. All of this will take place on Saturday, March 31 and will begin at 10am.
Moving into April, three-time Olympian Mitch Whitmore (Waukesha, Wisc.) and 2018 Olympian Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.) will takeover as the athletes while the caravan makes stops in Cleveland, Ohio; Midland, Mich.; Glen Ellyn, Ill.; and Milwaukee, Wisc. from April 2-5.
Rounding out the third stage of the tour will be two-time Olympian Jonathan Garcia (Houston, Texas) and 2018 Olympian Jerica Tandiman (Kearns, Utah). The duo will make four stops in Green Bay, Wisc.; Madison, Wisc.; Champaign, Ill.; and close out the tour in the 1904 Summer Olympics city of St. Louis, Mo.
Tour Dates / City (subject to change)
March 23-25 / Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
March 26 / Walpole, Mass.
March 27 / Shelton, Conn.
March 28 / West Orange, N.J.
March 29 / Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
March 31 / Anacostia, Washington D.C. (additional athlete: Thomas Hong)
April 2 / Cleveland Heights, Ohio
April 3 / Midland, Mich.
April 4 / Hoffman Estates, Ill. (additional athlete: Emery Lehman)
April 5 / Milwaukee, Wisc.
April 6 / Green Bay, Wisc.
April 8 / Madison, Wisc.
April 9 / Champaign, Ill.
April 10 / St. Louis, Mo.