Andrey Zhuikov – High Performance Team Coach
Prior to joining the Midway coaching staff, Andrey was head coach for the Duluth Speedskating Team. He has focused on the development and implementation of speedskating programs from introductory to advanced level skaters. Andrey has also coached soccer and coached athletes as a personal strength trainer.
Andrey has competed in speed- and inline skating. Accomplishments include placing in the 1997-1999 Northshore In-line Marathon and Great Lakes Speedskating Champsionship in 1999. Andrey’s speedskating accomplishments include:
– First place – Finland Speedskating Marathon 25K, 1997
– First place – North Festival Speedskating Competition, 1991
– Second place – Soviet Union Speedskating Cup, 1991
– First place – Russian Speedskating Championship 5000 meters, 1988
Rebekah Raftshol – Junior C Coach
Rebekah started in novice at the age of 3.5 years old, making this year her 20th season! She is the youngest of 5, all having skated for Midway Speedskating club. She grew up playing soccer year round as well, and adding track and field in high school. She grew up competing seriously in short track as well until the age of 16. She competed at the 2009 and 2011 long track junior worlds, getting a bronze team pursuit medal. After a year of Bible school, she has been attending the U of MN as a nutrition major, slowly chipping away while still competing herself until 2015. She moved back to her hometown of Plymouth, MN, after training in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the last two years. Prior to moving to Utah, she coached novice for 3 years, the last one being the head coach. Now she is the junior C coach.
Chris Windman – Midget, Pony, Pee Wee Coach
Chris is originally an east coast speedskater, born and raised in Somers, New York. When the time came to choose where to attend college and continue his skating training, Midway’s atmosphere and dedication to their skaters really stood out. He found through traveling the country for competitions that Midway skaters always displayed kindness and friendship. Some of Chris’s lifetime friends were made in eighth grade when he came to skate the John Rose Open and ultimately having those good friends in Midway drove Chris to attend the University of Minnesota. He chose to retire from skating in 2014 to pursue a more fulfilled education and is graduating in December 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology of Law and Criminal Deviance. He enjoys cooking, watching football (Go Giants!) and just taking in as much life experience as he can. He is very excited to be a part of the Midway coaching team and give back to the sport!
Paul Gangl- Development Coach
Paul coaches the Midway Peewee and Pony skaters. In addition, Paul is the head coach for the Roseville Skating Center Novice Speedskating Program.