John McClennan presented with the USS President Award

June 17, 2019, 5:34 p.m. (ET)

During the recent Hall of Fame Awards dinner, USS President Mark Carleton presented the 2019 USS President's Award to John McClennan, the voice behind Utah Olympic Oval events, and the creator of 

Despite growing up in Wisconsin, McClennan didn’t even watch speedskating until the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. In the early 90s, he started inline racing in California and relocated to Calgary in 1994 to skate long track.

After moving to Utah in 2000, John became a tech volunteer and was a lap counter at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. He began announcing events at the Utah Olympic Oval during the 2002-03 season. John has volunteered more than 2,300 hours at speedskating events held at the Utah Olympic Oval and has been the voice of the Long Track World Cups since 2003.

During that time he has called numerous World Record performance and an uncountable number of National Record performances. McClennan provides a knowledgeable, accurate and consistent voice for the fans at the Utah Olympic Oval. He also works hard to make sure that he’s pronouncing some of those difficult foreign names correctly!

Early on, he saw a need for a speedskating results-based website and created a database in 2004 that would eventually grow into Thanks to his efforts, there are currently more than 82,000 skaters on the site with results from more than 21,000 competitions. During the speedskating season, averages 70,000 page views a day, spiking to 120,000 during major competitions. is the clear go to place for results from the worldwide skating audience. He spends roughly 600 hours each year maintaining the site and keep status up-to-date.

"Whether it’s calling race action at events or creating access to the biggest speedskating results site in the world, John McClennan has changed our sport for the better. John is a great example of what volunteerism means in a sport like speed skating. Because of his dedication, hard work and passion, speed skating is in a much better place. From the bottom of all of our hearts; thank you John," Carleton said.