Mark Wild

Person type: 
Coach
Track type: 
Long
Date of Birth: 
Tuesday, November 19, 1974
Hometown: 
Milton, Ont
Training centre: 
The Olympic Oval, Calgary
Occupation: 
National teams coach

2013-14 season
Mark is entering his fourth season with Canada’s national teams ... He is teamed-up with Xiuli Wang to coach 11 national and development teams skaters ... He will focus on the women’s 3000/5000 m, men’s 5000/10000 m and team pursuit and these athletes: national team skater Jordan Belchos and Ivanie Blondin; and development team members Scott Bickerton, Alec Janssens and Stefan Waples.

2012-13 season
Mark and Xiuli Wang saw eight of their 10 skaters compete in a total 45 World Cups ... Their skaters won four individual World Cup gold medals, three silver and two bronze ... Six skaters were at the World Single Distances Championships, four were at the World All-Round Championships, and one was at the World Sprint Championships ... Seven skaters also posted 17 personal best times during the season.

2011-12 season
Coaching with Xiuli Wang, they had skaters win eight gold medals, two silver and a bronze at World Cups, and six world champions (gold), one silver and bronze at world championships ... Not counting the medals won, their skaters had 20 top 10 World Cup finishes and 17 at the three world championships.

Other seasons
From 2004 to 2006, Mark coached short track at the Calgary Olympic Oval before moving on to coaching long track and the Own the Podium crossover recruitment program ... From 2006 to joining SSC, he has been a long track coach at the Oval, coaching then 20-year old Anastasia Bucsis to qualify for Canada’s 2010 Olympic long track team ... He coached at the 2011 and 2012 at the World Sprint Championships, World All-Round Championships, and World Single Distances Championships ... He coached at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics ... He is pursuing his NCI Level IV diploma.

Skater
Mark was a member of Canada’s short track national and development teams from 1999 to 2002, before switching to long track ... He retired from competitive skating in 2004.

Facts: 

Mark started skating at the age of five as a short track skater in Fort St. John, B.C. ... He moved to Ontario and skated with the Kitchener-Waterloo Speed Skating Club and then Cambridge club ... He enjoys fly-fishing, golf and travelling.