I began my competitive skating career at the age of 7 in roller speed skating. As the sport evolved, I switched to inline and ice speed skating and later ice hockey, founding and playing for the University of Denver Women's Club Hockey team and beginning a 15-year hockey career.
I returned to competitive speed skating in 2004, landing a professional sponsorship with Tru-Rev and competed throughout North America and in Europe. I successfully competed in all disciplines, including short-track, banked track, road and marathon skating. In two years I was fortunate to achieve 14 national titles and 2 national records. As a Master's skater, I turned in some of the top sprint times in the country against women half my age.
I eventually began to coach while continuing my own skating career, receiving my USARS coaching certification. Today, I help coach development clinics at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado and work with individual speed skaters in their off-ice training. I have also found my off-skate coaching methods to be in demand by individual hockey players and figure skaters that want to increase their speed, strength and power and have had clients from youth, college and professional ranks. I assist with local clinics and hockey programs and recently became an assor for the USA Figure Skating STARS annual combine.
As a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the leading organization for Exercise Science, I studied for and became Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS,) the certification held by most professional (NHL, MLB, NFL, etc) and NCAA strength and conditioning coaches, as well as many athletic trainers and physical therapists.
This past year, I joined the University of Denver Women’s Club Hockey team as Strength and Conditioning Coach, while expanding my personal training client base to include athletes of a variety of sports. I feel my background as an elite athlete had given me insight into the needs of other competitive athletes and love to pass on my enthusiasm and knowledge to my clients.