Nancy is a charter member of our club and currently coaches our advanced skaters. She was a four-time Olympian (1976, 1980, 1984, and 1988) and now coaches skaters on a national level. She has coached Olympians Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. and Brian Hansen, among others.
Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr.
Nancy Jr is our beginners coach and a 2010 Olympian, daughter of head coach Nancy Sr. Though Nancy Jr made the Olympic team, she did not start skating till she was 13. Nancy Jr did competitive swimming, baseball, and golf among the sports she tried before she chose to follow her mom's path. One of her highlight moments of her skating career was her first Olympic trial in 2002 when she was scheduled to race against Nancy Sr.
Gary has skated for fun for years but started training and competing in 2008. He has been to many training camps around the country and is a U.S. Speedskating certified level 2 coach. He uses video feedback for skaters and can work with participants of all ages. Gary coached soccer for 14 years while his sons were playing in Park Ridge and enjoys biking in the forest preserves with his wife. When he is not skating he takes care of patients and teaches at Northwestern University Medical School where he also serves as Vice Chairman for Faculty Affairs for the Department of Medicine.
Jake (Minsuk) Song
Prior to Park Ridge, Coach Jake has been with Evanston Northshore Speedskating, in addition to working with more advanced skaters from our club and Northbrook. Jake brings over 10 years of speedskating experience from South Korea. He was a member of Seoul Junior National Short and Long track teams during his middle school & high school years, taking part in many competitions against national level skaters. He trained at Korean Sport University Ice Complex where many Korean Olympians trained alongside him. Jake is certified USS Level 1.
During his competitive years, Jake trained under coach Mungun Park, who is referred to as the "godfather of Korean speedskating." Park's most famous skater is probably Olympian Viktor Ahn (Ahn Hyun Soo).
We have an elite team of coaches dedicated to helping you achieve your goal. Whether that goal is as simple as just learning to speed skate, beating your last time trial, or making it all the way to the Olympics, our coaches will help you along the way.
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