Olympic medalist Kevin Crockett joins the Long Track Speed Skating Canadian coaching staff team

Speed Skating Canada announced today the addition of Kevin (Overland) Crockett to the Canadian Long Track Speed Skating coaching staff team.

A bronze medalist in the 500m event at the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, Kevin Crockett will join coaches Bart Schouten, Mark Wild, Todd McClements and Xiuli Wang under the leadership of Long Track National Team Head Coach Mike Crowe. Crockett will work closely with sprint athletes on 500m and 1000m training at the national centre at Calgary's Olympic Oval.

Crockett is back from a two-year stay in South Korea where he was the head coach of the long track national team, notably during the Olympic Games in Sochi.

He worked with Mo Tae-Bum, a gold medalist in the 500m distance at the 2010 Olympic Games and the 500m World Champion at the 2012 and 2013 World Single Distance Championships, as well as with Lee Sang-Hwa, the 2010 and 2014 Olympic gold medalist in the 500m event and 500m World Champion in 2012 and 2013 at the World Single Distance Championships. Sang-Hwa also broke the 500m world record four times since January 2013. She is still the world record holder with a time of 36.36.

“It feels great to be back coaching again in Canada,” said Kevin Crockett. “Having this opportunity to coach the very best sprinters in Canada is very exciting for me, to say the least. I'm looking forward to the challenge of raising the level of this team to new heights!”

"It is great to have Kevin back in Canada," said National Long Track Team Head Coach, Mike Crowe. "He brings such a competitive edge in efforts to aspire to the top level, both from his days as a competitor and as an experienced coach of the world's best sprinters."

“I am very excited to welcome Kevin Crockett back to the Speed Skating Canada family and its long track high performance program”, added Speed Skating Canada’s High Performance Director, Brian Rahill. “In this period of change towards rebuilding this program, Kevin will be a key ingredient to this pursuit of excellence.  He has demonstrated as an athlete and as a coach that he understands the commitment required to be a world class athlete, and to compete for medals for Canada.”

A member of the Canadian National Team from 1993 to 2001, Kevin Crockett was subsequently a National and International Program Coach at the Olympic Oval in Calgary from 2004 to 2012, and also for China's Beixing Wang from 2004 to 2011. Wang won the bronze medal in the 500m distance at the 2010 Olympic Games and the overall title at the 2009 World Sprint Championships.

As an athlete, Kevin Crockett was the 1000m world record holder in 1995 as well as in the 1500m distance in 1997.

He is a level 3 coach with the National Coaching Certification Program.

More information is available on Speed Skating Canada’s Website: www.speedskating.ca.

About Speed Skating Canada
Speed Skating Canada (SSC) is the governing body for competitive long track and short track speed skating in Canada. Founded in 1887, the association is comprised of 13 provincial and territorial branches representing more than 14,000 individual members, and counting. SSC believes that sport is an apprenticeship for life and prizes respect for others, integrity, excellence of effort, as well as a safe, healthy environment. SSC recognizes and values its outstanding volunteers who give freely of their time and expertise. It also celebrates the 63 Olympic medals won by Canadian athletes since 1932, as well as the coaches, officials and other dedicated individuals who helped them on their journey.

SSC is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values including our premium sponsor Intact Insurance, as well as our funding partners, the Government of Canada, Own the Podium, and WinSport Canada.

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For information:
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