Olympic Oval gets new Director

Mark Greenwald has been appointed the first-ever Director for the Olympic Oval, effective September 8, 2005. As an employee of the Oval for 12 years and Chair of the Executive Management Team at the Olympic Oval since July 2004, he has helped the facility regain its title as the World’s Fastest Ice and has led the Oval’s four athlete programs to a long series of Olympic and Word Championship/Cup podium performances.

Last week the University of Calgary’s Acting Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, Tina Gabriele, appointed Greenwald to the new position. “In this new role, Mark will build on past successes to ensure the Oval’s status and reputation as the premier Olympic legacy facility in the world is maintained.”

Greenwald developed an interest in the Olympic Oval after competing in the 1988 Calgary Olympics in long track speed skating posting top ten finishes. He came to work at the Oval in 1993 as a coach and coordinator and since then has filled significant roles as Program Manager and the Director of Sport. He worked under previous Oval leadership notables Cathy Priestner and Jacques Thibault, building programs and a phenomenal record of athlete performances.

“With the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, our priority is to focus on our athletes first and foremost,” Greenwald said. “After the 2002 Olympic Games we lost many world marks to Salt Lake City and we plan on putting those world records back in this facility. The biggest challenge I face is that the Olympic Oval already has a great reputation as a centre for high performance sport, research and technology, and as a venue the entire Calgary community can enjoy. It is my job to make sure we not only maintain but enhance that legacy.”

The Oval is home to Olympic and World championship long and short track speed skaters, the WWHL 2005 Champions the Calgary Oval X-Treme, and the National Cycling Centre - Calgary. In addition to four high performance sport programs in long track speed skating, short track speed skating, cycling and women’s hockey, the Oval also hosts international and community events and offers public skating to the Calgary community.

For further information contact:

Bridget Cox

Communications Specialist

Olympic Oval

403.220.8568

bcox@ucalgary.ca