Mia Kilburg finds Olympic support and partnership in her new marriage

Aug. 13, 2019, 3:35 p.m. (ET)

It’s been just 18 months since Olympic medalist Mia Kilburg stood on the podium in PyeongChang, and just a little over one year since she married Craig Kilburg. The newlyweds recently moved to Cincinnati, settling into a new home as Craig works as a vascular neurosurgeon for Mayfield Brain & Spine.

Coming off the 2018 Olympic season, Mia’s life did not slow down. She had a wedding to plan and then a move to Jacksonville, Florida for her husband’s fellowship.

“The transition to married life, and then the move, made it difficult for me to train as much as I needed to,” she says. “I’m not a single athlete any more. It’s completely different when you have a family to take care of, but I still have the dream and the desire to compete. I’m really grateful to have US Speedskating behind me and allowing me to do what I need to do.”

Although she’s an Olympic medalist, winning a Team Pursuit bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Mia still has speedskating goals she’d like to attain this year. First, she’d like to break the 3000m national record, which she and Olympian Catherine Raney- Norman are currently tied. Along with holding the record solo, Mia wants to make the 2020 World Single Distance Championships team in Salt Lake City in February, competing in the 3000m and Mass Start events.

As she creates a home in Cincinnati, Mia is learning to balance training and married life. She supports Craig with his goals as a physician and he’s behind her 100 percent when it comes to working toward another Olympic team, he even made her a slideboard she can use to practice building muscle endurance at home.

Mia is preparing for the 2019-20 season by training on her bike, her homemade slideboard and making her way to Salt Lake as often as possible to work with the U.S. national team. She can also drive 6 hours to the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee.

“I’ve been through a lot in my almost 30 years of life,” she says. “That experience has taught me what it takes to get through the tough and challenging moments, such as having to adjust to different coaches and their new programs or even moving to new states that don’t have ice! Being a champion is hard but training is never a chore when you’re doing something you love.”