Milwaukee Wisconsin – September 28, 2015
Flag for Hope in Wisconsin: We had a phenomenal time in “Brew City”, where we went in search of some very fast Americans. We brought the Flag to Pettit National Center where U.S. Olympian speed skaters train. Decorated champion Bonnie Blair was invited to make a star on the Flag. Bonnie competed in four Olympic Winter Games and won one bronze and five gold medals for the U.S. Her family also added their impressions.
We then got impressions from several current members of the US Speedskating team, all of whom have competed in at least one Olympic Winter Game. Adding their prints were teamates:
Brittany Bowe – speed skater and former inline skater and basketball player. Brittany won 2 bronze, 1 silver and 8 gold inline speedskating medals at the World Speed Championships. She currently holds the World record for the 1000 meter and the American record for the 1500 meter, and she competed at Sochi in 2014.
Sugar Todd – speed skater who competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, where she set 3 personal bests.
Jonathan Garcia – inline skater who won a national title in 2004 and was named Inline Skater of the Year. He won a bronze medal in the 2006 World Championships, and later transitioned to speed skating and represented the U.S. at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Mitch Whitmore – long track speed skater who competed for the U.S. in both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
We also got to meet Olympian Dan Jansen’s brother, Dick, who is a retired police officer, and WTMJ-TV’s sportscaster, Lance Allen, who both gave us their impressions.