OSWEGO COUNTY – Sydney Terpening is preparing to represent Oswego at the US Olympic Long Track Team Trials in hopes of qualifying for the upcoming Beijing Winter Games.
The 21-year-old speed skating star qualified for the Olympic trials in the 1,000-meter sprint distance as well as the women’s mass start event. She will join the competitive peloton Jan. 5-9 in her current hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Terpening said his parents and current Oswego residents, Ellery and Traci Terpening, are planning to attend the prestigious event to encourage his Olympic pursuit.
âMy goal for this year was to qualify for the Olympic Trials and I did it over two distances so I’m really happy with that,â Sydney Terpening said in a recent phone interview. “Right now I’m just focusing on correcting the technique with my new coaches, they’ve been helping me a lot and just getting a new approach to skating.”
Terpening has lived in Milwaukee for about five years, venturing to the area as a teenager for rigorous training as his interest and abilities began to flourish shortly after his conversion to the sport after several seasons of hockey for young people in Oswego.
She is close to earning her associate degree in engineering as an online student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will then begin studying to become a registered nurse at the same institution.
Terpening recently switched to a speed skating team to compete as a member of “Team Dash,” which trains at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee and is chaired by President and Coach Dave Cruickshank with his wife, Bonnie. Blair-Cruickshank.
Blair memorably won five gold medals for the United States in his participation in the 1988, 1992 and 94 Winter Games, while Cruickshank competed in four different Olympics.
âThe change a year ago has been really beneficial,â Terpening said. âWith my new coaches, teammates and program, it’s been great. It’s cool to have both Bonnie Blair, who is a five-time gold medalist in speed skating, and her husband Dave Cruickshank, who was also an Olympian and World Cup skater, being there every day. days, to skate with me and work with me. “
Terpening was previously a member of the U.S. World Junior Long Track Team in 2019 and 2020.
She was competing at the World University Championships in March 2020 at the onset of COVID-19 and narrowly returned home before an international travel ban took effect days after the remainder of the event was canceled.
She stayed in Milwaukee throughout the pandemic to train and stay focused on her Olympic aspirations, working for several months with unavailable skating facilities.
His current training includes five or six days of ice work as well as weight lifting, bike rides, running and other off-ice training. The Terpening team begins to reduce their physical condition ahead of the second race of the American Cup Series this weekend in Roseville, Minn.
Terpening said the Olympic trials were her top priority and then had the World University Championships to look forward to in March, potentially adding a Beijing Olympics appearance in between.
Terpening will be one of the youngest Olympic Trials competitors in her sport and has named Brittany Bowe, 32, the reigning 1000-meter world championship gold medalist, as a long-term inspiration to continue her career. move towards its goals.
âShe crushes everything and she wins World Cup medals, she’s already won world championships and I hope this next Olympic season will be a good one for her,â Terpening said. âBut she’s in her thirties, and so this sport is really a long term sport in terms of success, so you really have to hang in there for a while and work on it.â