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!!!

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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.


Morgan Izykowski and Rachel Skrocki selected to train with U.S. Speedskating

May 8, 2010

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By Bill Petzold | The Bay City Times
May 06, 2010, 8:22AM
http://www.mlive.com/sports/bay-city/index.ssf/2010/05/morgan_izykowski_and_rachel_sk.html
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Let us just say here, before you read the rest of the article, CONGRATULATIONS to both Rachel and Morgan! They have both worked very hard for this, and it is always great to see hard work rewarded.

Morgan is also a Rocker Fund skater, and you can read more about her and donation info here:http://therockerfund.org/image-viewer.htm?gallery/Fgallery3-2.jpg

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Michael Randolph | The Bay City Times

Bay City speedskaters Rachel Skrocki and Morgan Izykowski are now members of the U.S. national team
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Bay City speed skating is once again represented on the United States national speed skating team.

Cousins Morgan Izykowski and Rachel Skrocki found out Monday that they’ve officially been invited to train at US Speedskating’s facilities near Salt Lake City.

Being selected for the national team is both an honor and a challenge. National team members receive the best training and facilities available, but the stakes are also higher.

“You’re in the door, and now there’s no more pretending anymore,” Morgan’s father Al Izykowski said. “You’re going to be expected to perform and progress. This is what everyone aims for; this is where you want to be. You’re going to get the best coaching and the best opportunity to develop your abilities to the fullest. It’s really an honor to have the chance to do it.

“There’s a little danger in it because you come from your home club and at this level the intensity and volume of training is so much higher.”

Morgan Izykowski moved out to Salt Lake City at age 17 to stay with her brother Alex, a bronze medalist for the U.S. team at Turin, Italy in 2006. While completing high school through the mail, Morgan began training with a developmental program at the same facilities used by the national team. That training paid off as Izykowski recovered from a bad fall and pulled hamstring at the Olympic trials last year to make one of the U.S.’s strongest performances at the Junior World Championships in Chinese Taipei.

For Izykowski, the main difference now that she’s made the national team will be more ice time and different coaches. Now 19, she knows the routine in Salt Lake City. Izykowski said the national team hits the ice at 9 a.m. each morning, training six to seven hours a day, six days a week.

“It’s what I’ve been working for,” Morgan Izykowski said. “It’s just the next step towards my ultimate goal. It will be a lot harder and more intense and I’ll be training with different people with the national team.”

For Rachel Skrocki, the invitation also includes the bittersweet condition of having to leave her family behind in Bay City while she pursues her speed skating goals in Salt Lake City.

“It wasn’t too bad for me because my brother had already lived here,” Morgan Izykowski said. “I definitely missed being away from family. I think that’s going to be a tough transition. We’re second cousins, so … we’ll always be there for each other.”

Skrocki said the excitement outweighs the nervousness.

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