Washington Co., WI – Olympic speed skater Jordan Stolz and his dad Dirk are encouraging families to get their kids on the ice.
Stolz, from the Town of Kewaskum, started skating when he was 5 years old. His dad plowed the snow off a pond near their home and Jordan and his sister would skate.
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Fast forward 13 years and Stolz is turning his passion for skating into a career. At just 17 years old Stolz skated in the February 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. He is now competing across the country in World Cup races.
Stolz is home for a couple weeks training at the Pettit Ice Center in Milwaukee. His dad is arranging a meet-and-greet where families from Washington County can meet Jordan and some of his friends including fellow Olympians Brittany Bowe and Erin Jackson
“We started as a family, all four of us, skating around on the pond,” said Dirk Stolz. “We all did it as a family for exercise and the kids were racing me.”
Stolz said it is a “good family sport.”
“Everybody can do it,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what age you are. A few more people should come out and give it a try like we did.”
A schedule of the US Championships/Junior Championships is below. Stolz will be skating Thursday, January 5 – Sunday, January 8. The Pettit National Ice Center is at 500 S. 84th Street in Milwaukee. It’s a short 30 to 40-minute drive from the West Bend area.
Stay tuned as details are solidified on the meet-and-greet with the skaters. School groups are welcome.