- Posted April 30, 2013 by
Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador
Olympic Hopeful Joins Social Media To Make Olympics
A born deaf and uses sign language. A Speed Skater, Michael Hubbs, is aiming high for 2014 Winter Olympics. He is determined to achieve his goal and nothing can stop this young man to meet his dreams. He is devoted in his game and working hard every day to achieve his goal of making it big in the forthcoming Winter Olympics.
Michael was introduced to speed skating at a very young age. As a young boy, he became fascinated with skating and since then there was never looking back. He worked hard day and night and overcame all the obstacles he had to face during his teenage years.
At the age of 16, an inline Skating Instructor noticed his talent and potential for speed skating and encouraged him to switch to Colorado Springs to acquire training by professionals at Olympic Center. However, his father refused so he could complete his education at Texas School for the Deaf.
In 2010, when his friend Jordan won the Olympic medal in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Short Track Speed Skating, Michael realized his passion for inline speed skating that he had left years ago to complete his studies. In the same year, he began practicing for speed skating once again and won 2 bronze medals in the 500 and 1000 meters race in May at Southern Regional Championship in Florida that year. Irrespective of the fact that he skated after a gap of 10 long years, he managed to win 2 medals at that event.
After getting qualified for the US National Speed Skating Championship, he bagged the fourth position in fourth in 1000 meters. Winning the competitions one by one, led by his coach, Jim Blair, discuss about his future plans that seemed much clear and bright for that matter. After a lot of research, Michael decided to take a transition from the inline speed skating to ice speed skating. This one decision changed all of his life forever and helped the athlete get through with all obstacles and troubles of his life.
He loved his passion for skating so much, that he didn't think twice before selling everything he possessed, including his favorite car. He flew Salt Lake City, Utah to get training at Utah Olympic Oval. In a matter of days he realized the hardship and efforts he would require to put to learn ice speed skating as it was much difficult from inline speed skating. Michel never gave up and continues his training under Coach Derek Parra, the former Olympic champion and world record holder. The experience of Derek, who himself made a very similar transition in his career helped Michael go through the rough patch of his journey in a very organized manner. His unending dedication and countless number of hours of training grabbed him a position in Facilitated Athletic Sports Training (FAST) team in a very less time.
Michael Hubbs, has managed to achieve a lot of recognition and respect for his achievements and commitment towards his sport. Let's take a sneak look at his achievements:
In August 2011, in the 500 meters the shaved 4 seconds from his personal best ever time in the Desert Classic championship at Utah Olympic Oval.
In the same event, Michael shaved 13 seconds off in the 1500m race.
In September 2011, he won bronze at Eastern States Championship in New York against one Olympian who won gold.
In October 2011, Michael got first place in the 500 meters in American Cup
In February 2013, he won Gold for 1500m, Silver for 500m and 2 Bronzes medals in 1000m and 3000m respectively in the US Age Group National Championship competition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Michael is grateful to all those who has helped him realize his passion and gave his a meaningful path. Michael gave up all he had to achieve his dreams. Would you like to contribute your share to help him to achieve his dreams of getting through the upcoming Olympics?
Michael is doing his best to make his family and country proud of himself. He travels all over the country to participate in speed skating competitions and have always stood up to the expectations of his people. The expense of travel, accommodation etc. can get quite costly sometimes. Michael needs your support so he can get best training possible from top trainers that help him fulfill his dream of winning the Olympics.
Michael Hubbs has been taking to Social media in order for people to donate to his cause for making the Olympics.
People can donate on his website at: http://www.michaelwhubbs.com/aboutme