"People thought I was nuts for playing hockey in Texas," Hedrick says.He started playing because his best friend was from Canada and was an avid hockey player. Boutiette had made a successful transition from inline skating to speed skating at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, but the swarm of inline skaters had yet to make the switch to the ice.Please join US Speedskating for the annual Hall of Fame Dinner & Awards Dinner at the Maryland Live!Casino Prime Rib Patio in Baltimore on Friday, June 2nd 2017.
Joining a Yahoo News Group is free, and you can either have messages sent to you one at a time, once a day, or you can receive NO email and only read messages on the Web.Hedrick originally tried speed skating in 1997 when he visited to Calgary to train, but it didn't last long because he didn't think the coaches were ready to accept inline skaters. Hedrick gave speed skating another chance when he saw Parra win the 1500m at the 2002 Salt Lake Games.After watching Parra break the world record, Hedrick realized he had accomplished everything he could in inline and decided to make the switch.Hedrick buckled down with a new coach and ditched his old habits. The new regimen paid off at the 2008 World Allround Championships, where Hedrick finished fourth, a huge improvement on his 14th-place finish in 2007.After the 2008-09 season, Hedrick again went for a training overhaul. The planning process and wedding were filmed for an episode of the Style Network reality show and aired in fall 2008. Hedrick grew up in a Baptist home but he wasn’t a regular church goer for much of his youth because he traveled so much for skating.