Michael Woods was born May 15, 1952. He started skating when he was twelve years old and took the skating world by storm! His list of accomplishments is no small feat, juggling both his athletic and academic careers. He was crowned the Senior National Outdoor Long Track champion in 1973, held a spot on the Junior World Team in 1972, the World All Around Team 1974-1980 and 1984, the World Sprint Team in 1974 and 1977. He won a variety of World Championship medals, the silver in the 5000m in 1979, gold in the 10,000m in 1980, and the silver in the 10,000m in 1984. Michael was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1976, 1980, and 1984. While he was competing, he worked to earn his M.D. degree and returned to the sport in 1984 after completing his residency. After his retirement from the sport, he continued to be a steadfast promoter and fundraiser for future generations of skaters. Michael was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1998 in Wausau, Wisconsin.