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Heather Richardson

Hometown: Highpoint, NC
Resides: West Jordan, UT
Birth date: March 20, 1989
Height: 5’ 9”
Weight: 149 lbs.

Heather Richardson

For Heather Richardson speedskating runs in the family. Both of her parents competed on traditional ‘quad-style’ roller skates so life on skates began early for Heather. She was racing on inline roller skates by the time she was nine and went on to win eleven medals at World Championship competitions during her career.

Like all of the past roller-skater-turned-ice-skater champions who preceded her, the likes of Olympic Gold Medalists Derek Parra, Chad Hedrick and her fellow North Carolina native Joey Cheek, all of whom grew up on wheels, Heather too yearned to fulfill her own Olympic dream. In 2007 she began to pursue that dream and four months after first stepping on to the ice she made her first U.S. Speedskating World Cup Team. She was on her way.

Heather had a break-through performance at the 2010 Olympics Games, where she competed in three different events, finishing 6th in the 500 meters and clearly marking herself as a key face of the future of U.S. Speedskating.

Since then Heather has climbed her way up, and reached the top. She is now the U.S. National Champion, was the 2011 Overall World Cup Champion (1000 meters) and she’s a three-time World Cup Gold Medalist. Heather is determined to add her own name to the list of roller-to-ice Olympic Champions at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games where she is anticipated to compete in four different events.

At the U.S. Single Distance Championships in November of 2012 Heather won all five events, setting two new track records, one of which (1000m in 1:14.00) may have broken the world record at a faster track. She followed that up at the first World Cup event of the 2012-13 season winning three medals in Heerenveen, Holland including another gold medal in the 1000 meters. Between now and Sochi expect Heather to make quite a few additions to her World Cup medal collection.