PHOTO: Michael Crowe, pictured here with skater Heather McLean has been named Head Coach of Speed Skating Canada's Long Track national team
Ottawa, April 27, 2015 – Long track speed skating coach Michael Crowe, who has accompanied his athletes in five Olympic Games, has been promoted head coach of the Canadian long track team.
Crowe, who is from Butte, Montana (U.S.A.) and has been a member of the Canadian long track team coaching staff since 2007, will be in charge of planning, creating and leading the synergy of everyone involved with the Canadian team, including the athletes, coaches and support staff, in order to foster podium opportunities and enhance the performances of Canadian skaters.
Specializing in long track sprint events (500m and 1000m), Michael Crowe first started out as a coach with the United States team, and was notably at the 1984, 1988 and 2002 Olympic Games. He subsequently was the long track managing director from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, he moved to Canada to be part of the long track team coaching staff. He then took part in his fourth and fifth Olympic Games in 2010 and 2014.
“It is quite an honour to be selected for the responsibility of leading this world class team of coaches, skaters and staff”, said Michael Crowe. “They all are willing to put in the work and commitment to compete as one of the top three teams in the world.
“This is a team that I believe is gaining the respect of the world, and that showed its potential last season, as Canada won four medals at the World Single Distance Championships and 15 in World Cups”, he added.
Michael Crowe started his career in speed skating as an athlete, and notably took part in the 1974 World Sprint Championships.
He then joined the United States coaching staff team from 1983 to 1991 and from 1999 to 2002, which allowed him to take part in the 1984, 1988 and 2002 Olympic Games.
During those years, his athletes won a total of 79 medals at World Championships and 92 in World Cups. He was also part of one of the most successful speed skating coaching staffs in American Olympic history – in 2002 in Salt Lake City, the United States won eight medals and in 1988, in Calgary, three, while 18 American skaters finished in the top 12.
“Our new structure, which includes a head coach leading the Canadian long track speed skating team, will be an additional advantage for our athletes and coaches, helping to make sure they reach the potential we believe they can”, said Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director, Brian Rahill.
“And to have somebody as experienced as Michael in the preparation of high performance athletes and the management of different training programs will definitively be a plus in achieving our objectives at the upcoming Olympic Games.”
Working with coaches Bart Schouten, Mark Wild, Xiuli Wang and Gregor Jelonek, Michael Crowe completed his eighth season last year with the Canadian long track team. Starting today, he will focus exclusively on his new head coaching role, and also focus on making sure the athletes who are part of the pursuit teams will be optimally prepared for major competitions.
Michael Crowe was named Coach of the Year in the United States in 1988 and 2002 and in Canada in 2010. He studied in Physical Education at Wisconsin and Missouri universities, wrote many essays regarding exercise physiology and was involved in sports medicine committees in the United States.
More information can be found on Speed Skating Canada’s website at www.speedskating.ca.