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VIDEO | Local speed skaters take part in ‘Skate with an Olympian’ at the Pettit National Ice Center

Milwaukee, WI – The next generation of speed skaters took to the ice, some for the first time, and participated in the ‘Skate with an Olympian’ event over the weekend at the Pettit National Ice Center.

The free event was initiated by Dirk Stolz, father of Olympian Jordan Stolz. “We started skating as a family and I thought it would be nice to encourage others to try the sport,” he said.

There will be a Learn to Speed Skate class Monday, January 23 from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Pettit National Ice Center.  Skates will be provided.  Jordan will be skating with the kids along with coaches.
There will be more classes available if kids are interested.

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About 20 kids took part and put the Olympians through a good test as they taught the kids about balance, pushing off and gliding.

Olympian Jordan Stolz monitors the progress of a young skater

The Pettit National Ice Center stepped up and provided the skate rental for free for kids and families.

Click HERE to follow Jordan Stolz on US Speedskating on FB

Speed skaters who participated in the Beijing Olympics seen on the ice included Brittany Bowe, Jordan Stolz, Erin Jackson, and even coach Bob Corby was spotted giving a beginner lesson.

Photo courtesy Dirk Stolz

Stolz skated during the 4-day US Championship at the Pettit National Ice Center. He set three new track records in the 500-meter, 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter events.

Click HERE to watch Jordan race – starting at 3:19:30


On a side note: When these twins are 10 years old and Jordan Stolz has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated, this will be quite the memory from when they were just a couple weeks old.


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