Speed skating

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3 Wisconsin-connected speed skaters you should root for in the Olympics

Published Feb. 15, 2018

There's no shortage of national patriotism during the Winter Olympics, but there are also reasons for local pride. The U.S long-track speed skating team has some interesting state connections; here are three athletes you should be rooting for in PyeongChang.

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Did our passion for football kill our speed skating chances?

Published Feb. 25, 2014

The Netherlands speed skating coach Jillert Anema said one of the reasons the U.S. speedskating team did not take a medal in those events was because of our country's obsession with football - a sport no one else in the world cares about. Is he right? And does it matter?

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Milwaukee Talks: Olympic hopeful Liam Ortega

Published Sept. 25, 2013

After graduating from Marquette University with a degree in psychology in 2007, Liam Ortega decided to pursue his Olympic dream by qualifying for the United States' long track speed skating team as they prepared for the 2010 winter games. But a freak accident in practice in 2008 resulted in brain trauma, causing Ortega to miss out on giving it his best shot. Now, fully healthy - but without his sense of smell - he's giving it another shot.

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Actor's love for Milwaukee runs deep

Published Jan. 26, 2012

Larry Laverty, an actor and athlete who lived off and on in Milwaukee from 1985 to 1996, has maintained a lasting love for Milwaukee and its residents.