Dave Tamburrino returns to help US Speedskating

by US Speedskating

US Speedskating (USS) recently introduced David “Tambo” Tamburrino as its Regional Development Coordinator for the Midwest Region. Tamburrino will focus on facilitating programming, recruitment and development in the midwest.

Tamburrino was a former Long Track and Short Track speed skater himself. He competed in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympic Winter Games and the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games in long track. During the 1994 Games, Tamburrino was the top American finisher in the 1500m race. He raced in the Allround World Cup and World Championship competitions from 1992 until 1998 and was the U.S. National Allround Champion in 1995. 

Now, he returns to the sport in anticipation of the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games.

“We would like to capitalize on the excitement that occurs organically during an Olympic year,” Tamburrino said. “There’s going to be so much more exposure before, during and after [the Olympics] for the sport.”

Outside of speed skating, Tamburrino received his Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and went on to receive his Juris Doctor with an emphasis in sports law at Marquette University Law School. Tamburrino has also spent time working for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and Marquette University. 

In his spare time, Tamburrino enjoys being a father to his 9-year-old son, George, who is a member of the Pinnacle Speedskating Club and his two daughters, Cate (14) and Helen (11).  Tamburrino’s wife, Amy, is a physician and a former US National Speedskating Team member. 

Through a combination of Tamburrino’s professional experiences and his storied background in speed skating, he hopes to provide a wide variety of assets to USS as a whole.

“I’m keenly interested in helping athletes have the skills and tool sets to help with their success after their time skating,” Tamburrino said. “Obviously I want them to be fast skaters, but I care just as much about what happens to these athletes after they're done.”

The former 2006 USOC Development Coach of the Year knows it’s a big year ahead of him. He hopes to be able to work with midwest area clubs and training groups on their talent development. Tamburrino hopes to introduce and assist with new training methods, mentorship and advice to athletes on the transition from the Elite Junior level to the Elite Senior level.

“We want to create a pipeline for new skaters and new talent for the next four quads,” Tamburrino said. “I hope to continue to keep the engagement of younger skaters and get them involved for years to come.”