MMS alum, William Gebauer, ’13, first became interested in the sport of speed skating as he watched the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games. And so, at the young age of nine, he began taking skating classes and lessons at the Pettit National Ice Center, located here in Milwaukee. He even joined the local speed skating club which further sparked his love for the sport. All of William’s hard work over the years since has undoubtedly paid off, as he will soon compete in the Speed Skating Olympic Individual Metric Trials on January 3rd, 5th, and 6th!
Training for the Olympic Trials is no easy task. Currently, William’s training schedule takes up the majority of his free time. He trains at the Pettit National Ice Center along with the ASE (Academy of Skating Excellence) Team, where the skaters train six days a week during the winter months and in the summertime, they train twice in one day! The training routines vary between off-ice “dryland” training, biking, running, skating, and lifting weights—each workout designed to help the athletes trim their times and become their fastest selves!
Of his recent success and his outlook on heading into the Olympic Trials, William explains that while he doesn’t currently have nervous-jitters, he is sure that when it comes time to race, that will change and he will feel the pressure. “I’m mainly excited, though! I really just want to put on a good showing for myself and place high in the standings,” he says. “Ultimately I would like to look back on my career and be proud of whatever I accomplish. I would love to make an Olympic team and several World Cup teams. I’ve already made one Junior World Championship Team!”
Tune in to watch William on NBC’s live primetime coverage. All races will begin at 5:00 p.m. at the Pettit National Ice Center. For ticket information, visit http://thepettit.com/.
From all of us at MMS, good luck, Will!