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Tamara Frederick

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    Park Ridge

    Full Name: Tamara Lin Frederick

    Birthday: August 15, 1989

    Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

    Current Residence: West Jordan, UT

    Coach: Jae Su Chun

    Career Highlights: Silver medalist, World Cup 2012, Moscow; Silver medalist, World Cup 2012, Dordretch; Silver medalist, World Championship 2012, Shanghai

    Teams you have been/are on: 2012 World Cup team; 2012 World Championship team; 2013 World Cup team

    How did you get into speedskating? The Park Ridge Speedskating Club had practices after my figure skating lessons and I made the switch.

    What is your most memorable speedskating moment? Being on the podium at the World Championships with my teammates.

    What movie or book have you seen/read recently you would recommend? Why? I’ve been reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  Why? Jamie Fraser.  The series has also been recently made into a TV show and I recommend it for the same reason: Jamie Fraser.

    Favorite food? Chocolate chip cookies

    Who is your celebrity crush? Sean Connery and many fictional characters.

    Dream job? Working for a supercar company doing any work that involved calculus.

    Favorite city? So far Seattle has been my favorite but there’s a lot of world to see yet.

    When I am not training, you can find me... At home or in a coffee shop reading. 

    One thing I have promised myself to do someday is… To visit as many UNESCO Heritage sites as possible.

    What is your charity involvement? I participate in the UNICEF Tap Project.

    What was the best thing that happened to you this past week? I went to the library, returning my books before incurring a fine and left with only 3 new ones.

    What are your plans after speedskating? I want to earn a doctorate in applied mathematics.

    Do you have any good luck charms/superstitions/routines? I’ve noticed that I always put my left skate on first.  However, I start by tying the right first.  

    Favorite quote? Never judge a run by the first mile.

    If you had one day to live over again, what day would you pick?  I don’t have one.  I’d like to think that my best days are yet to come and that Groundhog Day is just a movie.

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