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Speed Skating Canada Adds Two Familiar Faces

Submitted by ryan.ohashi on Tue, 07/21/2015 - 1:44pm

Olympic medalist Kevin Crockett joins the Long Track Speed Skating Canadian coaching staff team
Speed Skating Canada announced today the addition of Kevin (Overland) Crockett to the Canadian Long Track Speed Skating coaching staff team.

A bronze medalist in the 500m event at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Kevin Crockett will join coaches Bart Schouten, Mark Wild, Todd McClements and Xiuli Wang under the leadership of Long Track National Team Head Coach Mike Crowe. Crockett will work closely with sprint athletes on 500m and 1000m training at the national centre at Calgary's Olympic Oval.
Crockett is back from a two-year stay in South Korea where he was the head coach of the long track national team, notably during the Olympic Games in Sochi.

He worked with Mo Tae-Bum, a gold medalist in the 500m distance at the 2010 Olympic Games and the 500m World Champion at the 2012 and 2013 World Single Distance Championships, as well as with Lee Sang-Hwa, the 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold medalist in the 500m event and 500m World Champion in 2012 and 2013 at the World Single Distance Championships. Sang-Hwa also broke the 500m world record four times since January 2013. She is still the world record holder with a time of 36.36.

“It feels great to be back coaching again in Canada,” said Kevin Crockett. “Having this opportunity to coach the very best sprinters in Canada is very exciting for me, to say the least. I'm looking forward to the challenge of raising the level of this team to new heights!”
"It is great to have Kevin back in Canada," said National Long Track Team Head Coach, Mike Crowe. "He brings such a competitive edge in efforts to aspire to the top level, both from his days as a competitor and as an experienced coach of the world's best sprinters."

“I am very excited to welcome Kevin Crockett back to the Speed Skating Canada family and its long track high performance program”, added Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director, Brian Rahill. “In this period of change towards rebuilding this program, Kevin will be a key ingredient to this pursuit of excellence.  He has demonstrated as an athlete and as a coach that he understands the commitment required to be a world class athlete, and to compete for medals for Canada.”

A member of the Canadian National Team from 1993 to 2001, Kevin Crockett was subsequently a National and International Program Coach at the Olympic Oval in Calgary from 2004 to 2012, and also for China's Beixing Wang from 2004 to 2011. Wang won the bronze medal in the 500m distance at the 2010 Olympic Games and the overall title at the 2009 World Sprint Championships.
As an athlete, Kevin Crockett was the 1000m world record holder in 1995 as well as in the 1500m distance in 1997.  He is a level 3 coach with the National Certification Coaching Program.

More information is available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

Speed Skating Canada appoints its 2006 Olympian Kerry Dankers Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator
CALGARY, July 15, 2015 – Speed Skating Canada announced today the nomination of Kerry (Simpson) Dankers as Long Track Program and Communications Coordinator.

Based at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Kerry Dankers will support the Long Track Speed Skating High Performance Manager, Cara Thibault, on all administrative matters. Also, under the leadership of Speed Skating Canada’s Communications and Media Relations Manager, Patrick Godbout, she will execute requests regarding communications, promotion and media relations for long track speed skaters. She will start full time August 17th.

Kerry Dankers was a member of the Long Track National Team from 2003 to 2010. She represented Canada at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, where she finished 21st in the 500m event.

Originally from Melville, Saskatchewan, Dankers retired from competitive speed skating following the 2009-2010 season. She earned her degree in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She was named Saskatchewan Athlete of the Year in 2005 and is still involved in the sport of speed skating as an assistant coach at the Olympic Oval in Calgary.

Following her athletic career, Kerry Dankers moved to the Netherlands with her husband, where she gained a lot of experience in promotion, special event coordination and media relations as a board member and event coordinator of Delft MaMa, as well as a writer for Delta Magazine.

More information is available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

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