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Hedrick, Glass,and Parra Started Training in Utah
July 1, 2004
Hedrick, Glass, Parra, and Ochowicz Headline
Facilitated Athlete Sport Training (FAST)
Program at the Utah Olympic Oval
Olympic gold medalist Derek Parra, world allround champion
Chad Hedrick, world sprint team member
Julie Glass and 2002
Olympian Elli Ochowicz are the headline speed skaters
participating this year in the high-performance program
at the Utah Olympic Oval. Elite speed skaters are back on
the 400-meter ice as of July 1 in preparation for the
Parra and Hedrick have left the national team to join the
FAST (Facilitated Athlete Sport Training) program under the
direction of head coach Bart Schouten of The Netherlands and
assisted by former Canadian national team coach Chris Shelley.
The FAST program is in its third year of existence with about
two dozen athletes from 10 nations participating last year.
Parra, Hedrick and Glass have each made the switch from
inline skating to speed skating. Parra made the switch to
ice and became the 2002 Olympic champion and world
record-holder at 1500 meters. In less than two years after
making the transition, Hedrick, a 50-time inline skating
world champion, became the world allround speed skating
champion last season. Glass was a 16-time inline world champion
before making the world sprint team.
In the summer, speed skating athletes generally train
six days a week. The competitive season begins in October.
The Utah Olympic Oval is hosting the ISU Sprint World
Championships on Jan. 22-23, 2005.
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