Michael Crowe

Track type: 
Date of Birth: 
Wednesday, November 11, 1953
Butte, Mont.
Current residence: 
Calgary, AB
Training centre: 
The Olympic Oval, Calgary
National teams coach

Michael Crowe, who has accompanied his athletes in five Olympic Games as a long track speed skating coach, has been promoted head coach of the Canadian long track team on April 27, 2015.
Crowe, who is from Butte, Montana (U.S.A.) and has been a member of the Canadian long track team coaching staff since 2007, is in charge of planning, creating and leading the synergy of everyone involved with the Canadian team, including the athletes, coaches and support staff, in order to foster podium opportunities and enhance the performances of Canadian skaters.
Specializing in long track sprint events (500m and 1000m), Michael Crowe first started out as a coach with the United States team, and was notably at the 1984, 1988 and 2002 Olympic Games. He subsequently was the long track managing director from 2002 to 2006. In 2007, he moved to Canada to be part of the long track team coaching staff. He then took part in his fourth and fifth Olympic Games in 2010 and 2014.
Michael Crowe started his career in speed skating as an athlete, and notably took part in the 1974 World Sprint Championships. He then joined the United States coaching staff team from 1983 to 1991 and from 1999 to 2002, which allowed him to take part in the 1984, 1988 and 2002 Olympic Games.
During those years, his athletes won a total of 79 medals at World Championships and 92 in World Cups. He was also part of one of the most successful speed skating coaching staffs in American Olympic history – in 2002 in Salt Lake City, the United States won eight medals and in 1988, in Calgary, three, while 18 American skaters finished in the top 12.

Michael Crowe was named Coach of the Year in the United States in 1988 and 2002 and in Canada in 2010. He studied in Physical Education at Wisconsin and Missouri universities, wrote many essays regarding exercise physiology and was involved in sports medicine committees in the United States.


Michael started speed skating at the age of seven … His sister Peggy competed in the 1976 Olympic Games and two World Sprint Championships … Skating was a family sport for him, and it helped keep his family connected … Michael and his wife Mary have two sons, Michael and Matthew.