The short version: My name is Sam, I'm 23, and I'm currently living in Calgary pursuing short track speed skating.
The (very) long version: I'm originally from Ottawa, Ontario where I was introduced to the sport of speed skating at the ripe old age of 3 (both my parents were coaches for the local club so it's not like I had any choice in the matter).
|Maybe I should bring back the pigtails for racing?|
Pretty early on I decided that I liked long track speed skating more than short track. I don't know what initially drew me towards it. Was it the training in -30 degree weather? Was it the burn in the legs from skating 3000m in 30 km/h winds? I don't know what it was but for some reason as soon as the weather turned cold I would wait with bated breath for that first big snow fall which meant flooding could start on the outdoor oval.
|Under all those layers I'm having the time of my life|
|Skating in Ste Foy at 15, my long track glory days|
|A long track team pursuit before the crash and burn|
I thought I was going to be done. I didn't want to quit skating but I didn't see any other options at that point. Luckily my dad wasn't ready to give up on me and he figured out that I had my short track times for the oval program. The plan was to start the season in the short track program and then get my long track times and switch back to long track.
|I was an average, middle-of-the-pack short tracker who only really cared that her suit and skates matched|
The improvements continued throughout the 2012/2013 season where for the first time ever I qualified for the National Team trials at the end of the year. Somewhere I never came close to when I was skating long track.
|2012/2013 season in our fancy new oval suits|