Annual Awards

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    US Speedskating recognizes its athletes, members, coaches and clubs through annual award nominations and recognition. 

    Find a list of all the award winners below:


    Most recent recipients:

    PRESIDENT'S AWARD - not awarded in 2023

    ERIC HEIDEN ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - Jordan Stolz, 2023 Recipient 

    • Named for Eric Heiden due to his high level of achievement 
    • Recommendations of eligible athletes made by the High Performance team - awarded to one athlete
    • Started in 2003, but only awarded as deemed necessary
    • Final decision made by USS President or committee created by the President
    • Given to athlete with the highest achievement of the season
    • Olympic events and World Championships carry more weight than World Cup titles or national championships
    • If a Short Track and Long Track athlete are deserving, a decision must be made between the two
    • Recommendations made at the end of the elite skating season, a minimum of four weeks prior to the USS Congress

    USOPC COACHING AWARDS - Jacob Roberts, 2022 USOPC Volunteer Coach of the Year;

    • Development Team Coach
    • Volunteer coach
    • Nominated by US Speedskating Members - Nominations due to USS by October 1st
    • Selected by Coaching Task Force

    AAC DEDICATION TO SPORT AWARD - Ashley Granata, 2023 Recipient

    • The winning athlete is someone who has shown dedication to the growth and betterment of speedskating
    • Nominated by the US Speedskating membership
    • Letter explaining how the athlete has improved the sport must be submitted to the AAC by mid-March
    • Selected by the current members of the Athlete Advisory Council
    • Winner announced mid-April

    GEORGE HOWIE MEMORIAL AWARD -Steve Trynoski, 2022 Recipients

    • Picked by George Howie Memorial Committee
    • Ballot is distributed at the beginning of February
    • Awarded to a supporter of speedskating
    • Some emphasis on international experience and service to US Speedskating
    • One living and one deceased candidate each year

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