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USS Announces its 2020 Long Track Development Athletes of the Year

April 28, 2020, 6:55 p.m. (ET)

US Speedskating presents the two skaters recognized as the 2020 Long Track Junior Development Skaters of the Year. Skaters were selected by US Speedskating's High Performance Department based on age, improvement and results from the season.

Congratulations to Piper Yde and Dylan Woodbury!

Name: Piper Yde

Age: 15

Club: Wisconsin Speedskating Club

Coach: Mike Woods and Mike Witty

Who inspires you in speedskating? My inspiration in speedskating would definitely be Nao Kodaira, Sang Hwa-Lee, and Brittany Bowe. I find all of these women to be such amazing athletes, and I strive to accomplish what they have done. I love watching Nao Kodaira especially. I think I would cry if I met her.  

Where will you be in ten years? My goal in 10 years is to be on an Olympic team. I also would hope I’d be competing at the world level. I hope to have graduated from college, but I am not quite sure what I exactly want to major in. 

What other sports do you play?  I compete in track. I haven’t really gotten around to much other sports since skating takes up most of the year. I really want to try cycling though. 

What are your other hobbies? I would say reading is one of my bigger hobbies; however, I have been getting into baking. Even if I’m not that good at it. 

How did you get involved in speed skating? I originally started with inlining. One day at practice the coach from the West Allis speed skating club brought one of their skaters to help with technique. He recommended that I should try their spring session and see if I like it. I then tried it that spring and have been skating ever since. 

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment? I think my greatest accomplishment is winning nationals for my age group at both Junior Nationals and Pack style Nationals this year. I also was super happy getting the pack style 500 record for my age group a year ago. 

What is your favorite subject in school? 

My favorite subject in school would have to be English or Chinese. I love both my English teacher and my Chinese teacher a lot. The way Chinese is taught at my school is a more natural way of learning in my opinion. There’s less memorization. I previously had Spanish teacher who taught in the same perspective. I love learning about different cultures and history, and with learning both Chinese and Spanish currently, I get to see many opportunities in learning. 

What are your goals for speedskating in the next few years? In the next few years I hope to make the Jr World team, and compete at Junior Worlds. I hope to improve in all my events, and become a better skater in general. I hope to get my Olympic Trial times, and be competing in the trials. 

What is your favorite exercise during dryland training? My favorite exercise during dryland training would probably be Olympic lifting. I’m not quite sure if that really counts, but turn belt and slideboard are a close second. 

What’s your favorite post-race snack? My favorite post-race snack can depend on where I am racing. If I have another race soon after I tend to eat a cliff bar and drink Gatorade. Otherwise nothing in particular. 

Where is your favorite place to race? I think I love just about anywhere I have raced. Well… maybe not Lake Placid. I enjoyed Calgary a lot this past season, and think the rink is very unique. I personally love the Pettit.  Since it’s my home rink, I feel most comfortable there. 

What’s your craziest hidden talent? I don’t really think I have a crazy hidden talent. I can name every country in the world in under 4 minutes. I’m not sure if that’s really crazy though. 

Anything else you’d like to share? I would just like to thank everyone who has helped me get this far in skating. My family, coaches, and teammates. I love skating, and I am thankful for the support I get continuously from everyone. 

Name: Dylan Woodbury

Age: 15

Club: FAST Team (Park City Speedskating)

Coach: Li Geng

Who inspires you in speedskating?

Victor An because he’s a great skater and super kind.

Where will you be in ten years?

In ten years, I hope to be working towards a college degree.

What other sports do you play?

I also skate Short Track.

What are your hobbies?

I like snowboarding in the back country and video games.

How did you get involved in speedskating?

My sister skated and I got bored, so I thought why not and started.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment is being on the Short Track devo team and the Long Track skater of the year in the same skating season.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Drawing, even though I’m not that good.

What are your goals for speedskating in the next few years?

I want to make the Junior World Championship Team and skate in ST or LT Olympic Trials.

What is your favorite exercise during dryland training?

My favorite exercise during dryland is belt crossovers.

What’s your favorite post-race snack?

Chocolate Milk because it tastes good.

Where is your favorite place to race?

Lake Placid is my favorite place to race because it's like my hometown, but across the country.

What’s your craziest hidden talent?

I can eat a good-sized banana in three bites or under.