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Speedskating Championships come to Central Wisconsin


by Natalie Sparacio

WAKE UP WISCONSIN (PRESS RELEASE)--  U.S. National Short Track Championships & American Cup Final

 Event Info:

 March 5-7th , 2010 the Central Wisconsin Area will play host to the US National Short Track Championships & American Cup Final.  These competitions will bring in the top athletes from around the Nation to Greenheck Field House.  250 age class athletes will compete for age class National Championships.  The top elite athletes, some just returning from the Winter Olympics in Vancouver will compete over three days for a spot on the World Short Track Team Championships.

Central Wisconsin Speed Skating Club (CWSSC) was chosen over other cities because of the superior facility and past experience with CWSSC running exceptional competitions in the Central Wisconsin Area.

 Olympic Athletes:

Men's Team: Apollo Ohno, JR Celski,  Jordan Malone, Travis Jayner, Simon Cho

Ladies Team: Katherine Reutter, Kimberly Derrick, Allyson Dudek, Lana Gehering, Allison Baever.

 Who has to Skate the American Cup final

Anyone wanting to make the World Team for the US. 

The top 5 will head to Bormio, Italy the last weekend in March to compete in the World Short Track Team Championships

Economic Impact to the Area:

According to the Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau the community economic impact of these combined events will exceed $366,000.  In addition to the economic impact, spectators will be able to see an Olympic Sport and the Olympic athletes compete.

Free Event:

Families and individuals can be exposed to an Olympic sport and with tough economic times will be able to attend the competition at no charge.    CWSSC realizes that most people will never be able to watch Olympians compete and that we need opportunities for people to do this at no charge. 

Partners in this event

Wisconsin Department of Tourism

Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitors Bureau – will help with marketing, visitor packets, and consulting.

U.S. Speedskating – they will send many of the officials

Wisconsin Speedskating Association

Contact Person:           Dan Fiorenza - Meet Director

                                    715-539-2636 (h)

                                    715-297-1576 (c)

Club Info:

Each season our 100% volunteer run organization teaches the sport of Speedskating to all levels of abilities on Wednesday and Sunday evenings from September to March

CWSSC is in existence to teach and promote the sport of Speed Skating to people of all ages and abilities.

Learn to Skate Program

Each Fall

For information on the Learn to skate – contact Rick Welsh at 848-6046 or check out our web site at www.wausauspeedskating.com

Can't make the Learn to skate? - We are available anytime to teach/introduce the sport.

We are a very reasonably priced sport, but realize there are situations in the community where parents can't justify spending the money to get their kids in a sport.  Financial assistance and scholarships are available for those you cant afford the costs  – Bottom line – if a child has interest, give us a call.

Other info..

CWSSC annually runs two competitions that draw people from the Midwest to Greenheck.  In the fall we host the Central Wisconsin Open and in the spring we host the Wisconsin/Minnesota Short Track Championships.

2001 – Successfully ran the North American Short Track Championships that brought in over 250 skaters from Canada, Australia, and the United States.

2005 – Successfully hosted the American Cup I competition that picked the World Cup Team for the United States.

2006 – Successfully ran the U.S. Junior Short Track Championship which picked the United States Junior World Team

2009 – For the first time in club history, CWSSC has 3 skaters who qualified and will skate in the Olympic Trials.

2010 – Will successfully run the National Short Track Championships/American Cup Final with strong Community Support.

Online Reporter: Natalie Sparacio

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