Meet The Skaters

Rebekah Bradford

Olympian
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Rebekah Bradford

Rebekah Bradford

Olympian

Steven Hartman

Neo Senior-2

Steven has been speedskating for ten years, nine as a Midway club skater. His favorite race is the 1000 meter, "because it is a sprint where I have enough time to get to top speed."

Making the 2012 Jr. World Championship team is one of Steven's favorite race stories.  He skated a 30-second personal best in the 5k in order to make the team.

Steven chose speedskating, "Because I love the sport, I enjoy pushing myself to see where my limit is in the sport and I love the community that the sport open up for you."

Speedskating personal bests:
- 500m-36.53
- 1000m-1,10.50
- 1500m-1,48.66
- 5000m-6,49.75

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Steven Hartman

Steven Hartman

Neo Senior-2

Kyle Ronchak

Senior

Kyle has been speedskating for twelve years, ten of those years with Midway. Goals for the 2015-16 season include, "Compete at the best of my ability, improve and have fun!"

Kyle's favorite race is the 500 meter because, "It is technically challenging and fast paced!"

When asked why speedskating, Kyle shared, "I am a speedskater because my mom signed me up for speedskating 12 years ago.  I stuck with the sport ever since, and am still skating today."

Kyle shared a few fun facts about himself outside the rink:
— I like to cook
— My favorite hobby is wakesurfing
— I am a dog person

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Kyle Ronchak

Kyle Ronchak

Senior

Allie Thunstrom

Senior
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Allie Thunstrom

Allie Thunstrom

Senior

Martin Burg

Junior A-1

When asked how many years he has been speedskating and how many with Midway, Martin's response was, "Many." Over those years he has identified the 500 meter sprint as his favorite race.

When asked about his favorite race story Martin shared, "I did a somersault during a race when I was little and still won the race." He is a speedskater because, "I have the need for speed and I love to skate."

An accomplishment Martin shared was a sub 40 second 500m time at 39.05.

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Martin Burg

Martin Burg

Junior A-1

Patrick Miller

Junior A-1
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Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Junior A-1

Adam Rosenthal

Junior A-1
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Adam Rosenthal

Adam Rosenthal

Junior A-1

Mack Hanson

Junior B-1

Mack has been speed skating for five years, four of those with Midway.

When asked about his favorite race, Mack shared, "500 m is my favorite race because it is a short and fast race.  I like sprints." Asked about a skating story he would like to share, Mack replied, "One of my favorite memories is going on my first club trip to down to Milwaukee.  It was so cool skating on Olympic training ice."

Mack became a speedskater because, "I've always loved going fast.  I have a need for speed!" "I enjoy racing and competing with other skaters.  I like to see who takes all.  My personal best that I am most proud of is getting my 500 m time to 48 seconds."

When asked if there was anything additional he would like to share, Mack said, "Speed skating is fun, and I would encourage skating at a young age.  When you keep learning and growing you will become much faster as you get older."

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Mack Hanson

Mack Hanson

Junior B-1

Madeline Lange

Junior B-1

Madeline has been speedskating for eight years, six of those years with Midway.

Madeline's favorite race is the 500 meter, "Because you don't have to pace yourself.” Her favorite race story took place in Milwaukee when she had to skate the 1000m three times because of timing problems!

Speedskating is the sport for Madeline as, “Skating and the people I skate with make it very fun.”

Madeline won the 2014 Lee Kellermann Classic 3 lap race at the Great Lakes Championship.

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Madeline Lange

Madeline Lange

Junior B-1

Sami Banat

Junior C-2

The 2016/17 season will be Sami's fifth year as a speed skater and his third with Midway.

Sami's goal, "I am going to work on my endurance so that I can stay fast the whole race." When asked why he chose speedskating, Sami's response, "I am a speedskater because there isn't another sport like it, it is so unique and I love to speedskate.   I like the training the competitiveness and being on the ice."

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Sami Banat

Sami Banat

Junior C-2

Caden Barber

Junior C
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Caden Barber

Caden Barber

Junior C

Giorgia Birkland

Junior C-2

Georgia has been speed skating for eight years, four of those with Midway.

When asked about her favorite races, Georgia responded, "The 1500, 500 or 300. To be honest I don't really have one, I like all the races." Her favorite race story took place at Nationals in the 2014/15 season, "In our last race--the 800-meter this girl was trying to pass me, but I held my ground and keep fighting and I ended up getting 2nd!!  Another one was when Erin C, Maddie L and me duck tapped [sic] Andre's shoes to the wall (: "

Georgia's father is a speedskater which drew her to the sport. "My mom signed me up and I ended up loving it and being really good (: not to be cocky 🙂 I also love the feeling of going really fast!"

Accomplishments that Georgia shared include a second place at Nationals for the 2014/15 season. She shared, "I never thought I could make it this far but hard work pays off, I also got 49.59 in the 500 meter in a pack race ..."

When asked if there was anything else Georgia wanted to share, she said, "GOOOOOO MIDWAY!!!!!!!!!!"

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Giorgia Birkland

Giorgia Birkland

Junior C-2

Samuel Groven

Junior C-1

Samuel is starting his third year with Midway for the 2016/17 season. Prior to Midway, Samuel skated two years in the Novice program.

When asked about a favorite race Samuel shared, "My favorite race is the Great Lakes tournament in Milwaukee because of how nice the ice is."

Samuel became a speedskater because he likes skating. That showed as Samuel was awarded the 2014/15 Rookie of the Year award.

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Samuel Groven

Samuel Groven

Junior C-1

Adam Johnson

Junior C-2

The 2016/17 season will be Adam's second year with Midway.

Adam started speedskating as part of the novice program and is excited to progress with Midway.

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Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Junior C-2

Michael Johnson

Junior C-2

This is Michael's first year with Midway and first year speed skating.

Michael loves to inline skate and likes to skate fast.  He has had fun skating with Midway so far this summer and looks forward to a great winter of skating.

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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Junior C-2

Milan Jostes

Junior C
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Milan Jostes

Milan Jostes

Junior C

Hans Myers

Junior C-1
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Hans Myers

Hans Myers

Junior C-1

Melanie Pankow

Junior C-1
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Melanie Pankow

Melanie Pankow

Junior C-1

Emily Bos

Junior D-1

For the 2016/17 season Emily is a Junior D, entering her third year as a Midway Skater. Emily joined Midway after skating one year in the Novice program. Her goals "To get clap skates. Or at least get as close as I can to earning them."

Emily's favorite race is the 100 and 200 meter dash because she enjoys sprinting, and it pushes her to go as fast as she can.

"My favorite speedskating moment was when I came to the Oval because my coach, Nancy said that there might be a surprise visit from Bonnie Blair and sure enough when we went to the rink there was Bonnie Blair. She autographed three pictures for me, and autographed the book about her and the trading card that I had of her."

Emily landed on speedskating as her sport, "Because I was in figure skating and I would always want to go fast. After my first figure skating recital, I decided that I wanted to start speedskating. And I have not regretted that decision."

Emily received the 2014/15 Rookie of the Year award.

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Emily Bos

Emily Bos

Junior D-1

Kate Engel

Junior D-1
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Kate Engel

Kate Engel

Junior D-1

Jia Griffiths

Junior D-2

Jia comes from a family of ice enthusiasts, but she is the first speedskater. After she refused to remove her Superman cape and mask while figure skating, her mom was relieved to find the 0val! She has been speedskating since 2009.

Jia trained and attended school in Harbin, China for a year. She has qualified for National Championships in both short track and long track – twice standing on the podium in third place.

The Midway club trip is always a season highlight. Jia loves the fast ice at the Pettit, and sharing ice with Shani Davis. She has her mind set on Personal Bests (PBs) this year.

Calibri">When not at the 0val, Jia can be found at Midwest Karate. Her goal is “to earn my black belt by the time I apply for college.” She plans to study medicine one day… or become a magician.

Jia is in the 6th grade at Yinghua Academy.

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Jia Griffiths

Jia Griffiths

Junior D-2

Auggie Herman

Junior C-1

Auggie is in his second year with Midway for the 2016/17 season. When asked about his goals he shared, "Work hard with the coaches and teammates to improve my skating skills, racing techniques,  most of all, have fun doing it!"

Auggie skated for one year with the Novice program before joining Midway. When asked about his favorite race it was the Zhuikov Cup! "The pressure is off and the fun is on!"

Speedskating appeals to Auggie as, "It combines my love for track and being on the ice."

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Auggie Herman

Auggie Herman

Junior C-1

Ezra Campbell

Junior D-1
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Ezra Campbell

Ezra Campbell

Junior D-1

Adam Groven

Junior D-1

Adam will be skating as a Junior E (Pony)  for the 2016/17 season.

Adam has been speedskating for three years, spending one year in the Novice program, joining Midway for the 2014/15 season.

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Adam Groven

Adam Groven

Junior D-1

Patrick Kosel

Junior E-2
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Patrick Kosel

Patrick Kosel

Junior E-2

Lauren Li

Junior E-2
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Lauren Li

Lauren Li

Junior E-2

Teagan Wetteland

Junior D-1

This is Teagan's third season of speed skating with Midway. Her favorite race was the John Rose. Here favorite race story also involves the John Rose as she took second place.

When asked why she is a speedskater, Teagan responded, "I don't know why.  I guess I wanted to try something new."

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Teagan Wetteland

Teagan Wetteland

Junior D-1