January 14, 2022 – Kewaskum, WI – 17-year-old Kewaskum junior Jordan Stolz is going to 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing for speed skating. This past week during qualifying he broke two Pettit Center skating records, including the 1000-meter heat record (1:07.62) previously held by four-time Olympic medalist Shani Davis since 2005.
Stolz has been skating since he was five years old. What started off as fun and games between him and his older sister Hannah on a frozen pond and watching the 2010 Winter Olympics on television (the final games of legendary US Speed Skater Apolo Ohno), later became a passion that has taken Stolz across the country and even Europe.
Stolz made clear his sole athletic focus has always been skating. “My goal has always been to make it to a high level (of competition),” he said.
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There is nothing bigger than the Olympics for most sports, but even when not training for the Games, Stolz has a heavy workout regime.
“I spend at least a few workouts a week on the (exercise) bike and treadmill at home,” he said. “Then do weightlifting and training at the Pettit Center, along with skating. It’s about 35 hours a week working out.”
Stolz knows to keep up with world’s best skaters there is one thing in particular he will need to be on top of, his technique. “It’s about putting your power into your movement, even though you’re sprinting on ice,” Stolz said, elaborating it takes great focus to remain steady and make the turns with speed.
In the other half his life, academically, Stolz is leaving all his options on the table and simply basking in the moment, not only of his upcoming Olympic appearance, but also high school life and classes in general.
Stolz will represent the USA in the 500 meter and 1000-meter speed skating events, both individual events where he may race against skaters he admires like Thomas Krol of the Netherlands.
The speed skating competitions will begin Saturday February 5, 2022, and end on Saturday February 19, 2022. Viewers will be able to watch Stolz and Olympians compete in the Games via NBC or NBC’s streaming platform Peacock.