Meet APTE: Athletes for a Positive Training Environment

September 18, 2012

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The skaters have been hinting that they had something in the works so that fans could show their support. Well, here it is. APTE: Athletes for a Positive Training Environment.

https://www.facebook.com/4APTE

I haven’t had a chance to look through the entire site yet, but you can leave comments, encouragement AND – this is a biggiethere is information on how you can make donations directly to the skaters!

The Speedskating Program has always been severely underfunded. Even more distressing is that the majority of the money you send to most non profit entities rarely trickles down to the people you thought you were trying to help in the first place. Administrative costs more often than not eat up the bulk of donations. Now you can cut out the middleman entirely and know for certain that your donation to APTE will be going directly to the skaters.
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Lack of funding and funding misrepresentation are issues that are part of the skaters complaints against USS. If you haven’t read the list of the skaters grievances, you can go here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/acrobat/2012-09/133629640-14134437.pdf

On page 10 is one of the allegations that relates to this issue.
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To be honest, when I read the following blog post on USS’s site, I thought it was infinitely worse, to the point that I almost whipped off a blog post of my own under the category of ‘How could you!!! Have you no shame?!!!’.
http://skateleft.com/2012/07/

It was by far and away one of the most flagrant and egregious misrepresentations to pander for donations I have ever seen. The insinuation that your donation would somehow be helping the skaters with some of these basic expenses would be laughable if it wasn’t so criminal. How many times have skaters been told they had to pay their own way to an international competition after being selected for a World Cup team? That, next to coaching, is the one thing USS should be paying for above all else. If they can’t even manage that, then it’s rather obvious that they won’t be helping the skaters with much of anything else on the aforementioned laundry list of expenses.

Tugging on heart strings, appealing to your sense of patriotism and your sincere desire to help, that’s how non profits operate. If you still want to make donations to them, so be it.
But before you do, first make a donation directly to a skater you truly want and intend to help in the first place.

http://gofundme.com/4APTE

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American Cup 1 2011. The results are in…

October 3, 2011

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The first competition of the season for the U.S. Skaters is in the books, and the U.S. Team for the upcoming World Cups has been chosen.

For full results and points, you can go to Tony Chung’s spreadsheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkKaRsNHioRqdEFfUGZtZDhpb2l1aEdvYnRrTF9RTWc&hl=en_US#gid=25

The following results are from US Speedskatings site. The top 4 skaters were automatic team members, with two additional discretionary picks by the coaches. Here’s how it shakes out:

World Cup #1 – Salt Lake City, USA (October 21-23)

Ladies:

Lana Gehring (Glenview, IL)

Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, WI)

Katherine Reutter (Champaign, IL)

Jessica Smith (Melvindale, MI)

Emily Scott (Springfield, MO)

Sarah Chen (San Marino, CA)

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Men:

J.R. Celski (Federal Way, WA)

Kyle Carr (Peachtree City, GA)

Jordan Malone (Denton, TX)

Jonathan Garcia (Houston, TX)

John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA)

Kyle Uyehara (Lakewood, CA)

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World Cup #3 – Nagoya, JPN, (December 2-4)

World Cup #4 Shanghai, CHN, (December 9-11)

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Ladies:

Lana Gehring (Glenview, IL)

Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, WI)

Katherine Reutter (Champaign, IL)

Jessica Smith (Melvindale, MI)

Emily Scott (Springfield, MO)

Tamara Fredericks (Park Ridge, IL)

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Men:

J.R. Celski (Federal Way, WA)

Kyle Carr (Peachtree City, GA)

Jordan Malone (Denton, TX)

Jonathan Garcia (Houston, TX)

Simon Cho (Laurel, MD)

Travis Jayner (Midland, MI)

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* Team USA will not be competing in World Cup #2 (October 28-30) in Saguenay, CAN
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It’s wonderful to see Travis Jayner is on the second leg of the World Cups. He had to scratch today due to a fall that was accompanied by a concussion. We love Tony’s live feeds, but we HATE seeing the skaters injured. We’re so glad you’re OK Travis!

Congratulations to all the skaters!

And Thank You Tony Chung for the live feed. We’d be lost without you. To donate to Tony for bringing us all ACTUAL MOVING PICTURES, go to the following link:
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/Donation.html
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On a side note: This season started out with quite a few skaters greatly missed. Jeff Simon, Simon Cho, Morgan Izykowski, and Anthony Lobello. Simon Cho has been on the mend and the coaches must think enough of him to give him a spot on the World Cup 3 and 4 Team despite not being able to compete. Anthony is finishing his school obligations. Good for you Anthony. Get the parchment and then concentrate on getting some GOLD.

I’m a bit sad Kimberly Derrick didn’t make the team, but it does give some other gals some experience. As a fan, we have a warm spot in our hearts for certain skaters and Kimberly is one of them. We’re heartbroken for them when they don’t fare well, even though we know there are only so many spots, and everyone can’t make a team. Kimberly’s concentrating on school too the last I heard and I’m sure a lot of her energy is going into that. Hang in there Berly.

Fellow Olympic Team Member Allison Baver was also MIA. She announced on her FB page that she’s decided to train for another Olympics, but seeing as she wasn’t at this competition, perhaps she has decided to continue giving long track a go.

The best of luck to all of you.
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To check out the rest of the news, see the links to the right for US Speedskating, the Boots and Blades Forum, Bella Faccie photography and Tony Chung- Short Track HD.


US Championships Update…and Other Stuff…

December 21, 2010

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More Kudos today for Morgan Izykowski and Kyle Uyehara as the coaches pick for the last spot on the National Team. Congratulations to both of you!

OK, here’s the info on the 3000m I couldn’t find yesterday. (Thank You Tony Chung…more on him later)

LADIES 3000M A FINAL

Katherine Reutter
Lana Gehring
Jessica Smith
Emily Scott
Allison Baver
Morgan Izykowski
Sarah Chen
Alyson Dudek (PEN)

LADIES 3000M B FINAL

Kendal Pumphrey
Tamara Frederick
Brittany Salmon
Rachel Skrocki
Cherise Wilkins
Erin Bartlett
Kimberly Derrick (PEN)
Katherine Ralston (PEN)

MEN’S 3000M A FINAL

Jonathan Garcia
Anthony Lobello
Kyle Uyehara
Jeff Simon
Travis Jayner
Kyle Carr
Simon Cho
Ryan Bedford (PEN)

MEN’S 3000M B FINAL

John Henry Krueger
Cole Krueger
Adam Callister
Levi Kirkpatrick
Michael Burdekin
James Rodowsky
Robert Lawrence
Chris Creveling (DNS)

(Chris C, if you DNS due to injury and I missed it, please accept my apology in not wishing you a speedy recovery with the other skaters! Heal fast and heal well! And to any skaters I may have missed on that account… you do the same!

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But on to other news….

Tony Chung has been great on keeping us unfortunate souls who can’t make it to the competitions updated with tweets and WOW! …can you imagine???…VIDEO! Actual live moving pictures!

But that costs money.
Lest Tony think we don’t appreciate, love and adore him, please go to his site and donate whatever you can to keep these little pieces of heaven available to us.

Thank you Tony!

And here’s the link (FYI- note that Internet ‘Exploder’…er, I mean Explorer, is testy with this page, so I recommend you choose a different browser when accessing it):
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/Donation.html

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ALSO: Anthony Lobello made another National Team, and his friends set up a donation page for him.

Here’s the link so you can help Anthony keep doing that thing he does:
http://www.goforgoldlobello.com/
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…and Anthony, you might want to get this link set up permanently on your Facebook page…(or gasp!)…consider attaching a fanpage there too! It’s super easy – and free! (Hey, just sayin’…)

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AND…you can go to the Boots and Blades Forum for more info on this weekends races and information on all the skaters.
(…for which the link isn’t working for me at the moment…must be a proboards thing…)

http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?

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…AND…just one more thing.

Jordan Malone, wherever you are – We Miss You!!!


US Short Track Speedskating Championships 2010

December 20, 2010

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Sunday’s Results

Congratulations to both Jeff Simon and Katherine Reutter on winning the National Title. You Rock!

Congrats to Sarah Chen and Jonathan Garcia for making the National Team for the first time. (my understanding is that the 5th spot is discretionary on the part of the coaches)

Congrats to the other skaters that made the National Team:
Simon Cho, Travis Jayner, Anthony Lobello, Lana Gehring, Jessica Smith and Emily Scott.

Quick recoveries to Aly Dudek and Landon Hatfield. (Landon, that was mighty scary. Glad you’re OK)

OVERALL STANDINGS

LADIES

Katherine Reutter
Lana Gehring
Jessica Smith
Emily Scott
Sarah Chen

Alyson Dudek
Allison Baver
Morgan Izykowski
Kimberly Derrick
Cherise Wilkins
Katherine Ralston
Brittany Salmon
Tamara Frederick
Rachel Skrocki
Kendal Pumphrey
Erin Bartlett

MEN

Jeff Simon
Simon Cho
Travis Jayner
Anthony Lobello
Jonathan Garcia

Kyle Carr
Kyle Uyehara
Ryan Bedford
John Henry Krueger
Robert Lawrence
Levi Kirkpatrick
Chris Creveling
Cole Krueger
Adam Callister
James Rodowsky
Micheal Burdekin

LADIES 1000M A FINAL

1 220 Katherine Reutter 1:33.350
2 204 Lana Gehring 1:33.464
3 216 Jessica Smith 1:33.542
4 218 Emily Scott 1:33.746

MEN’S 1000M A FINAL

1 300 Jeff Simon 1:26.688
2 297 Simon Cho 1:26.998
3 248 Jonathan Garcia 1:28.924
PEN 241 Travis Jayner

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The men’s 3000m was a wild ride, and if I could find results anywhere for either the ladies or men, I’d post ’em. Kyle Carr, Simon Cho, Travis Jayner and Ryan Bedford all took a tumble, leaving the door open for Anthony Lobello and two other skaters (Jonathan Garcia and Kyle Uyehara perhaps?)

This apparently isn’t for points, but it would be nice to give the skaters who did this grueling long distance race their due.

Just sayin’…

For more results, go here to the USS site:
http://usspeedskating.org/

Anyway…Congrats to all the skaters wherever they placed. Watching you skate is always a thrill. Safe travels to all, and to all, a Happy Holiday Season with your family and friends.


Jordan Malone needs your help

March 30, 2010

Jordan has just been absolutely awesome to his fans. Go to the link below and join Jordan’s fan page on Facebook. There you will not only be kept up to date on what’s going on in Jordan’s life, but you’ll be treated to some incredible videos from his Olympic experience plus some live feed webcast Q & A sessions on Ustream.tv (The heads up for these sessions usually alert you via his FB fanpage)

Here’s the Ustream.tv link:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/go-ahead-ask-me

Here’s the word from Jordan:

ALRIGHT FRIENDS AND FANS!!! Here’s the favor. I’ve tried to be great to my fans =] Now I need your help. Help spread the world!!! I need more fans and followers. Tell everyone and help my get my numbers up =] THIS WOULD BE THE BIGGEST HELP FOR ME. Thanks everyone!! ~ Jordan Malone

Here’s the link to his Facebook Fanpage:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jordan-Malone/299084645151?ref=nf

BECOME A FAN!


World Championships

March 22, 2010

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Yahoo Sports

Meng Wang of China, leads the race during the ladies 1000 metres final at the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championship in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Sunday, March, 21, 2010. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Petar Petrov)

SATURDAY

LADIES 500M FINAL
Place Start Pos. Name ISU Member Results Qual.
1 1 WANG Meng CHN 43.619
2 3 ROBERGE Kalyna CAN 43.679
3 2 ST-GELAIS Marianne CAN 43.747
4 4 GREGG Jessica CAN 44.066
5 PARK Seung-Hi

6 REUTTER Katherine
10 DUDEK Alyson
29 DERRICK Kimberly

Complete results for ladies 500m:
http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/Results.aspx?evt=11210200000007&gen=w&ref=6402&view=dcl

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MEN’S 500M FINAL
1 LIANG Wenhao CHN
2 HAMELIN Francois CAN
3 TREMBLAY Francois-Louis CAN
4 HAMELIN Charles CAN
5 LEE Ho-Suk KOR
6 SILOVS Haralds LAT
7 ELEY Jon GBR
8 SUNG Si-Bak KOR
9 CELSKI J.R. USA
13 MALONE Jordan USA
18 JAYNER Travis USA

Complete results for the Men’s 500m:
http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/Results.aspx?evt=11210200000007&gen=m&ref=6398&view=dcl

US Men advanced into the Relay Finals

SUNDAY

Meng Wang, Katherine Reutter & The last start of Evgenia Radanova in the Winter Sports Hall

Click this photo to see larger.

LADIES 1000M FINAL
1 1 WANG Meng CHN 1:31.603
2 2 CHO Ha-Ri KOR 1:31.695
3 3 REUTTER Katherine USA 1:31.747
4 4 CHRISTIE Elise GBR 1:32.993

24 DERRICK Kimberly USA
28 DUDEK Alyson USA

Complete Results for Ladies:
http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/Results.aspx?evt=11210200000007&gen=w&ref=6403&view=dcl

MEN’S 1000M FINAL

J.R. Celski - Click the photo to see it larger

Place Start Pos. Name ISU Member Results Qual.
1 2 LEE Ho-Suk KOR 1:34.198
2 1 KWAK Yoon-Gy KOR 1:34.231
3 4 CELSKI J.R. USA 1:34.290
4 3 LIANG Wenhao CHN 1:34.349

Canadians –
9 HAMELIN Charles CAN
13 HAMELIN Francois CAN
14 TREMBLAY Francois-Louis CAN

USA

Jordan Malone - Click the photo to view it larger

23 MALONE Jordan USA
24 JAYNER Travis USA

Complete results for the Men’s 1000m:
http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/Results.aspx?evt=11210200000007&gen=m&ref=6399&view=dcl

LADIES 3000M SUPER FINAL

Place Start Pos. Name ISU Member Results Qual.
1 1 PARK Seung-Hi KOR 5:04.070
2 3 CHO Ha-Ri KOR 5:04.188
3 5 LEE Eun-Byul KOR 5:04.262
4 2 REUTTER Katherine USA 5:04.401
5 7 ROBERGE Kalyna CAN 5:04.837
6 6 CHRISTIE Elise GBR 5:05.419
7 9 ST-GELAIS Marianne CAN 5:06.264
8 8 GREGG Jessica CAN 5:21.714
9 4 WANG Meng CHN 5:38.663

Soooo close for Katherine, she almost had it. Still, 4th in the grueling race is a good showing. Good Job Katherine!

MEN’S 3000M SUPER FINAL
Click the photo to view it larger

1 3 LEE Ho-Suk KOR
2 1 KWAK Yoon-Gy KOR
3 7 CELSKI J.R. USA
4 5 HAMELIN Charles CAN
5 4 LIANG Wenhao CHN
6 6 HAMELIN Francois CAN
7 2 TREMBLAY Francois-Louis CAN

(JR had almost lapped the pack for a good part of the race. Near the end, the Koreans came a zooming up from behind, and it looked like poor JR was just plain out of gas. Valiant effort JR, and Congrats on the Bronze)

But wait! The fun wasn’t over yet. Both the men’s and ladies team had relays to go yet.

WOMEN’S 3000M RELAY

1 KOREA KOR 1 4:08.356
2 CANADA CAN 2 4:09.310
3 UNITED STATES USA 3 4:14.231
4 CHINA CHN DNS – (one skater taken off the ice with injury, and conjecture as to what was up with Meng Wang, as she came in dead last for the super final)

5 ITALY ITA 3 4:15.229
6 JAPAN JPN 3 4:15.608
7 NETHERLANDS NED 4 4:19.416
8 BULGARIA BUL 4 4:24.162

MEN’S 5000M RELAY

1 KOREA KOR 1 6:44.821
2 UNITED STATES USA 2 6:46.205
3 GERMANY GER 3 6:48.288
4 CHINA CHN 4 6:53.860
5 ITALY ITA 3 6:46.494
6 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 3 7:02.326
7 BULGARIA BUL 4 7:23.972

Congrats to the guys on their silver for their Relay, the gals on the bronze for their relay. A couple bronzes for JR (Who finished 4th overall) and a bronze for Katherine.
A strong end to a very long season for Team USA.

…And Now, can you say ‘VACATION’?!!!!!

For more photos, go here:
http://www.2010wstssc-sofia.com/


Jordan and Travis’s live chat…

March 13, 2010

I had to miss this one, (sorry guys, duty called…) and it sounds like I missed something VERY special. Next time guys, I’ll be there for sure.

But in the meantime, here is a cute blog post by a fan who WAS able to listen in.

“…I had to go to Jordan Malone’s short track speedskating online streaming fan interview.

SO AWESOME. Such an unbelievably nice thing to do. Oh my God. I need to go to sleep except I’m still so pumped about how cute it was. I can’t believe how nice and positive and generous that kid is – his teammates also, but him in particular. Travis Jayner helped out too, he’s a * cutie. They all just seem like good guys, and the more they share of themselves, the more they seem like good guys…”

you can read the rest here: (Jordan and Travis’s live chat info starts about half way down)

http://guingel.livejournal.com/324796.html

I have to concur with the poster….Jordan is as nice, positive and generous as could be. Jordan and Travis are both one of my favorites to be sure!


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