US Speedskating Talent Identification

Think you're fast? Prove it at our Talent Combine

We are hitting the road in 2019, looking for future Olympians. Do you have what it takes? We are coming to Minneapolis and Milwaukee to put you to the test.

 

Check back soon for dates!

US SPEEDSKATING TALENT COMBINE

The US Speedskating Talent Combines are open to athletes that possess a strong skating background between 12-24 years of age and who are are not members of US Speedskating. First-year USS members may also be eligible to participant if they have transitioned from another ice skating sport.

The combine is a fun, exciting event designed to bring out your talents and potential. You will be outfitted in Under Armour clothing prior to being assigned into various groups. When off the ice, you will be evaluated in a number of measurable power tests. On the ice, your speed and stamina will be tested, as will your skating ability.

2019 Talent Combine Dates

Minneapolis - TBD

Milwaukee - TBD

For more information, please email Chris Needham

ERIN JACKSON GOES FROM BAMBI ON ICE TO OLYMPIAN IN MONTHS

Erin Jackson, 25, pedals a stationary bicycle as Kelly Clarkson's voice thunders from Milwaukee's Pettit National Ice Center loudspeakers: What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Jackson sits upright, a bruised banana in her pocket for later. Her frame is petite, with thick quads tapering to improbably narrow, practically Victorian ankles as she spins round and round, her square jaw set with some interior determination. 

Twenty minutes later, warmed up, Jackson heads to practice with her U.S. SpeedĀ­skating long-track team. She wriggles into her skin suit, yanking it up inch by inch. Allergic to the rubber, she scratches a shoulder, tugs the zipper, then throws her shoulder-length braids into a loose bun and stretches her hood over her head. "How's my hair look?" she jokes, as she plods across the mats on her blades, meeting the ice with a single push that sends her gliding out of reach with the smoothness of butter spreading across a hot pan. 

It wasn't supposed to be this way. In February 2017, Jackson was a newbie crossover from in-line, trying speedskating for the first time in Salt Lake City at the urging of Team USA recruiter Chris Needham, who'd had his eye on her. "The one person I wanted from in-line was her," he recalls. A 15-year racing veteran with 47 national championships, Jackson was named Female Athlete of the Year for Roller Sports three times and earned MVP honors in roller derby. Even so, "no one was paying attention to Erin," Needham says. "The assumption was that if she'd wanted to cross over, she would have already."

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