Amy Peterson

Amy first began figure skating at the age of three but soon started in speedskating as well; she continued to participate in both sports until the age of fourteen. Amy skated both long and short track before eventually concentrating on short track.  Amy was a member of sixteen World Teams, was U.S. Short Track Champion nine times (1993-96, 1998-2002), was a five-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002) and three-time Olympic medalist (relay, silver, 1992; 500m and relay, bronze, 1994), as well as a member of the American record 3000-meter relay team (4:20.730, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 20, 2002).  Amy was named as U.S. Speedskating Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and had the honor of being the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake.  Amy has served on the Athlete’s Advisor Council to the USOC, as well as an Athlete Representative on the USS Board of Directors.  She turned to coaching in the spring of 2002 and was named the USS Northern Regional Coach, producing two Junior World Team members in three years. She was named the U.S. Speedskating Development Coach of the Year in 2005 before returning to skating that year and qualifying for the 2006 World Team to compete in her 16th World Short Track Championships held in Minneapolis. She inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on April 22, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah.