Dreaming of Speedskating Gold

by STEPHANIE SCHETTEK

August 12, 2009

Like any kid on a pair of skates, Jordan Malone just wanted to go fast. And he’s been going fast ever since. In 2003, he was named the Fastest Man in the World in speedskating.

Malone began inline skating at a young age and has loved going fast ever since.

“A day care took care me (skating) when I was just under five,” he said. “I fell in love with skating from the start.”

Malone has since been competing as an inline speedskater for over 15 years. In that time frame, he has collected six Senior and eight Junior World Titles as well as 19 National Championships. In 2001, Malone was named the most accomplished junior of all time.

He has since made the switch to ice speed skating and has competed in the past five World Championships and has continued to earn top 10 rankings overall in world competitions.

“My unusual life has taken me around the world to over 154 different cities in 18 different countries on four different continents where I was fortunate to learn so much about life,” Malone said.

Malone began skating internationally at the age of 10 when he was given a choice between two vacation locations.

“I had the option to go on vacation to Hawaii or to go to France and skate,” Malone said. “Without hesitation, I chose France and I’ve been traveling to compete ever since.”

However, Malone says inline and ice speed skating are remarkably different.

“Our balance, pressure and body position is different. We use almost entirely different stabilizer muscles,” Malone said. “Also the biggest difference with inline is mostly aerobic, while short track is mostly anaerobic.”

Malone is currently training for Olympic trials in Salt Lake City, Utah, and trying to stay healthy and motivated.

“Utah is a great place for speedskaters. It is the best training facility in the world along with all of the conveniences of a bigger city,” he said, “but Denton is still home. I’ll always miss Texas when I’m gone.”

When he is not practicing, Malone has started his own business out of his garage under the name Full Composite Racing (FCR) where he manufactures carbon fiber protective racing equipment for 80 percent of the Short Track National Team.

“It is a fun hobby to have on the side,” he said. “It’s a self-taught, independent venture and I’m working with some pretty impressive aerospace materials. This is part of my road to becoming an engineer after skating.”

Olympic trials begin on Sept. 8 and run through Sept. 13 and will decide the five members of the 2010 Olympic speed skating team. Good luck Jordan!

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