To foster lifelong connections that strengthen the relationship that participants, families, officials and other members of the speed skating community, past and present, have with the sport of speed skating in the United States.



25 Laps with Rick Swanson

Rick Swanson grew up in a hockey household, but after playing hockey for three years, Rick got bored and started speedskating when he was in the fourth grade. He spent the next 11 years in the sport, training and competing for four years on the US Men’s National Team, and three years in the US Junior development program. He earned a spot on the 1990 Jr. World Team and competed in Obihiro, Japan. After he hung up the skates in 1991, he spent ten years in college, earning a bachelor’s and a master’s degree before he was ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church. Currently, he serves St. John’s in the Mountain Episcopal Church in Stowe, VT, and is known as “Father Rick.” Rick married Tim Heath-Swanson in 2012 and together they own and operate The Swanson Inn, a seven-room bed and breakfast in Waitsfield, VT

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25 Laps With Lucas Mills

25 Laps With Casey FitzRandolph

25 Laps With Pat Moore




Don Kangas (2018)

Jack Heiden (2018)

Jeffrey Golz (2018)

Sam Poulos (2018)

Harry Henriksen (2018)

Jeanne Ashworth (2018)

Kelley Glidewell (2018)

Bill Houghton (2019)

Karen Olson (2019)

Nancy Passarella (2019)

Judy Marks (2019)


March 5, 2015

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July 8, 2016

November 2, 2016

July 14, 2017

November 10, 2017

December 19, 2018

Aug. 8, 2019: Alvarez trades blades of glory for baseball dreams

July 23, 2019: Katherine Reutter-Adamek is part of the "Barbie Be Anything Tour"

June 8, 2019: Rodriguez and Marchese inducted into the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame

June 5, 2019: USS Long track head coach, Tom Cushman retires

June 3, 2019: Olympian J.R. Celski marries short track coach Andrea Do-Duc

Jan. 18, 2019: When speedskating was supreme on metro lakes

Mar. 22, 2019: Pat Moore opens Bar Centro in Milwaukee

Jan 1, 2019: Fifty years of speedskating: Park Ridge Club members embrace memories

Dec. 21, 2018: Aly Dudek travels the world as a bicycle tour guide

Dec. 18, 2018: Catching up with speedskating gold medalist Bonnie Blair

Dec. 4, 2018: Olympian Cathy Turner recalls moment with President George H.W. Bush

Nov. 7, 2018: Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski announces his retirement

Oct. 18, 2018: Speedskating Champs welcome baby boy

Sept. 26, 2018: Kirstin Holum, 1998 Olympian, Dedicates her Life to God

Mar. 28, 2018: Amy Peterson Peck's Sons Following In Her Skates

Mar. 13, 2018: Janesville Native Fredricks Kept Tabs On Olympics While Manning Post In Salt Lake

Feb. 28, 2018: Two Passions, One Dream: Eddy Alvarez Focusing On Majors After Olympic Career

Feb. 27, 2018: Eric Heiden Returns To Lake Placid For First Time Since 1980

Feb. 5, 2018: Olympian Eddy Alvarez Could Be Standing On A Podium But He's Chasing A Dream

Jan. 3, 2018: At 47, The Pied Piper Of US Speedskating Is Making One Last Run At The Olympics

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Ever considered giving back to a sport that provided amazing experiences? Whether you laced up a pair of long blades or supported someone who did, this membership is for anyone who's tried speed skating, is part of our community and remains a fan of the sport. Benefits include:

  • Special Commemorative Alumni Membership Pin
  • Complimentary invitations to annual USS Alumni Reunions and Social Events
  • Announcements and invites to speed skating competitions and team selections
  • Listing in the USS Alumni Business Directory (in progress)
  • Subscription to US Speedskating Alumni Journal
  • USS Membership # & Membership Card
  • And more!

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Mark Greenwald (Chair), Kimberly Derrick, Matt Plummer, Pat Seltsam, Susan Sandvig-Shobe