News and Schedule Updates

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Illustration by Joseph Boquiren

February 2018

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics

It’s happening! The 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, RIGHT NOW through February 25th! Watch and cheer on all of our talented U.S. athletes! Go Team U.S.A.!

Our next scheduled ice session is February 25th, from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

For March, we’ve been given the choices as follows –

3/11, 3/18, 3/25, from 12:30-1:30pm   
These sessions are a bit more pricey at $350 each, and they’re only an hour. Let me know which two you prefer. I’m hoping we can afford two sessions, but it all depends on turnout and how much money we have left in the bank!

January 2018

Happy New Year 2018

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to get back on the ice. Unfortunately, our funds are dwindling and we had to cancel the upcoming Jan. 14th session due to low anticipated attendance. Our next session will be Sunday, Jan. 21st 2:45-3:45pm.

Mountain View Ice Arena has requested that we pay for ALL ICE TIME IN ADVANCE, so please let me know if you will be there!
Thank you.

December 2017

Happy Holidays! Here is our upcoming December skating schedule. Thanks to all who responded to the recent poll regarding dates and times. I wish we could get a more regular time from the rink….

Sunday, Dec. 10th – 2:30 – 3:45

Sunday, Dec. 17th – 1:00-2:00pm

ALSO – I can now accept payments by debit/credit card using Square. We also accept cash and checks made out to Mountain View Speedskating.


Coming soon – we’ll have an online store, where you can buy items with our club name on it and 10% of purchases go to our club’s ice time fund.

See you on the ice!

November 2017

Sorry for the long timebetweeen updates!  Thanks again to all who helped with this year’s fundraising at the Bridge Pedal. If you weren’t able to help out, there’s always next year!

Here’s what’s new:

We’ve been trying to negotiate with the ice rink for some better times to skate than the brutal Sunday 7:15am timeslot. SUCCESSS!  Here are the next scheduled sessions:

Sunday, Nov. 5th 1:30pm-2:30pm
Sunday, Nov. 12th 1:00pm-2:00pm

Sunday, Nov. 19th 1:00pm-2:00pm

Due to the increase in rink fees for the afternoon ice time, we will be increasing the session fees to $20 per person for adults. New skaters will still pay $15 for their first session, and skate rental is included.

Each week during our skating season, I contact the rink to book our ice dates/times based on availability, and feedback on when you prefer to skate.This is based on the responses I get, whether by email, survey answers, Facebook, or text. Your responses are important! Thanks for being a part of this club.


The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang, Korea are just around the corner!  Here’s the countdown

Stay up to date with all that is happening between now and February with the news at U.S. Speedskating!

U.S. Speedskatnig News

2018 Olympics


Hope to see you out on the ice very SOON!


January – February 2017

Happy 2017! We’ve got the following sessions available:

All are Sundays, 7:15am-8:15am:

Jan. 29

Feb. 5

Feb. 12

Feb. 19

Feb. 26

We’ll choose THREE of the dates for February. Send an email to let me know your preferences! Thanks!

October 2016

We have two Sundays scheduled in October:

Oct. 9th, 7:15-8:15am

Oct. 23, 7:15-8:15am

If you didn’t receive the email newsletter, you can view it here. We’re working on November dates.

Hope to see you at the rink!

Summer Fundraising

Huge Thanks  to all who helped us raise funds to pay for ice time by volunteering at the 21st annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday, August 14th. .
Also, how about some off-ice summer training? Check out some great pointers from the folks at Cascade Speedskates on their blog
Dryland Training for speedskating - image courtesy of Jerry Search
Dryland Training for speedskating – image courtesy of Jerry Search
Check out this illustration by the talented Joseph Boquiren! 
short track speedskating
March 2016 skating schedule
We’re planning to skate on the following dates – 8:00am – 9:00am:
March 6
March 13
March 20
Hope you can join us!


Washington State 2016 Short Track Speed Skating Championship

HOSTED BY: Puget Sound Phoenix Speedskating Club

 Date: April 3, 2016 (Sunday) from 2:00 p.m. until ~ 6:00 p.m.

 Location:    Puget Sound Hockey Center,

1918, Stewart Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421

Here is the information about the competition:


December 2015 skating schedule
Next skating session will be Sunday, Dec. 27th, 8:15am-9:15am
The rink will notify us if there are any openings on their schedule. Hopefully in January we can have a more regular time slot!
Puget Sound Speedskating Club’s Short Track Challenge is coming up! 
Date: December 20, 2015 (Sunday) from 1:15 p.m. until ~ 6:30 p.m.

Spectators welcome!  Click here for more information and race entry form:  Tacoma2015

Location: Puget Sound Hockey Center,
1918 Stewart Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421

ENTRY FEE: $30 per skater ($70 maximum per family)
ENTRY DUE DATE: December 14, 2015 (Monday before the competition.)


October 2015 skating schedule – Sunday October 11th, and October 25th. 
 New time – 12:00noon – 1:00pm.  See you then!
November schedule – send an email to let us know which Sundays you’d like to skate!
Thanks to everyone who volunteered activity with the Providence Bridge Pedal, on Sunday, August 9th. Our hard work paid off – we have some funds for ice time!
Providence Bridge Pedal
Providence Bridge Pedal – Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015


March 2015 Skating Session Schedule is as follows:

Sunday March 8th  (9:15am-10:15am)
Sunday March 15th  (9:15am-10:15am)
Sunday March 22nd  (9:15am-10:15am)
Please plan on arriving early to help with the mats! 
Are you ready to compete?

Washington State 2015 Short Track Speed Skating Championship

HOSTED BY: Puget Sound Phoenix Speedskating Club

 Date: March 29, 2015 (Sunday) from 1:30 p.m. until ~ 6:00 p.m.

 Location:    Puget Sound Hockey Center,

1918, Stewart Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421

Info sheet can be found here. 2015_State_Championship infomation

Entry form can be found here. 2015_State_Champ_EntryForm


January-February 2015 Skating Session Schedule:

Saturday Jan. 17th,  6:00-7:15pm
Sunday Jan. 25th,  4:25-5:40pm
Sunday Feb. 1st,  9:15-10:15am

Sunday Feb. 15th,  9:15-10:15am

Hope to see you there!


Puget Sound Short Track Speed Skating Challenge, hosted by the Puget Sound Phoenix Speedskating Club will be Sunday, December 21. Here are the details:


Date: December 21, 2014 (Sunday) from 1:15 p.m. until ~ 6:30 p.m.
Location: Puget Sound Hockey Center,
1918 Stewart Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421
CHECK IN: 1:15 p.m. ~ 1:45 p.m. (2nd Floor)
WARM UP: 2:00 p.m. ~ 2:20 p.m.
RACING: 2:30 p.m. ~ 5:30 p.m.


Just received word that the annual Puget Sound Speedskating Competition will be held on Sunday, December 21, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. More details to follow soon.
Our December skating dates are as follows:
Sunday, Nov. 23
Sunday, Dec. 7
Sunday, Dec. 28
9:15am – 10:15am

November skating dates / times:

Sunday, Nov. 2nd 9:15am-10:15am
Sunday, Nov. 9th 9:30am-10:30am
Sunday, Nov. 23rd, 9:15am-10:15am

See you then! If you have questions, email me!

October 2014 Skating Schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 12th 9:15am-10:15am
Sunday, Oct. 19th 9:15am-10:15am

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How do YOU stay in shape over the summer? With all that the Portland/Vancouver area has to offer, there are certainly many fun outdoor activities to choose from.

Here is a link with some great examples of sport-specific training from Bont.

We have many skaters interested in organizing and attending some off-ice dryland workouts this summer, so if you’re interested, add your name to the list by sending us an email. We’ll be in touch.

Want to help us obtain more ice time? Here’s how:

Every year we assemble a crew of volunteers to work at the annual Providence Bridge Pedal  This year the event is on Sunday, August 10th. I will be sending out emails to get people signed up. Here’s what we need:

Hawthorne Bridge Crew:

Saturday (Matt Furcron + 5 more) 5pm – 9pm

Sunday (Linda Jellison + 5 more) 10am – 1pm

McLoughlin Coning Crew – 3 people

Macadam Coning Crew – 3 people

Last Practice Session this Season will be:

Sunday, April 27th, 8:45am – 10:00am

I’ll send out a reminder a few days before. Hope to see you there!  Have a great Easter!

Next Practice Sessions:

  • Sunday, April 6th, 8:45am – 10:00am
  • Sunday, April 13th, 8:45am – 10:00am

March 30 Reminder – No skating session this weekend.

Time to drive north to Tacoma for the Washington State 2014 Short Track Speed Skating Championship!

  • Date: March 30, 2014 (Sunday) from 1:30 p.m. until ~ 6:00 p.m.
  • Location:    Puget Sound Hockey Center, 1918 Stewart Street, Tacoma, WA, 98421
  • Check-In:      1:30 p.m. ~ 1:45 p.m. (2nd Floor)
  • Warm Ups:   2:00 p.m. ~ 2:20 p.m.
  • Racing:         2:30 p.m. ~ 5:30 p.m.
  • Entry Fee:     $30 per skater ($70 maximum per family)
  • Meet Director:          Chang Lee (Club Coach)


SAVE THE DATE:  This year’s Providence Bridge Pedal is Sunday, August 10. This is our primary annual fundraising event, so I will be rounding up our volunteer crews!  We are responsible for putting down plywood on one lane of the Hawthorne Bridge, and coning the routes on Macadam and McLoughlin.

Follow us on Twitter:  @mtviewspeedsk8

March 2 Skate Sharpening Session!

There will be a skate sharpening session after we get off the ice this Sunday (March 2). If you have a sharpening jig and stones, please bring them! Otherwise, we can sharpen your blades and show you how it’s done.  Please see this video for a preview – taken at our summer dryland working / picnic a couple of years ago.


U.S. Men Earn Silver Medal in 5000 meter Relay!

In case you missed it, here’s the USA Today article about the U.S. Silver medal win in the 5000meter relay in Sochi.


Spring Meet

There will be a Spring Competition at the Puget Sound Speedskating Club in Tacoma on March 30.  Stay tuned for details and registration forms!

Mountain View Speedskating on local “Live at 7” show!

Here is the link to the TV spot from tonight with KGW’s Live at 7 Drew Carney. Thanks to all the skaters who came out for this short but sweet promotion of our club.

Big News!

Our new website goes live today! Also…we are going to be on TV this Thursday! Tune into KGW’s KGW’s Live at 7 which airs from 7:00pm-7:30pm PST. You can also watch online at

Next Speedskating Sessions

Sundays, February 16, February 23, and March 2, 8:45am – 10:00am

Summer Speedskating Camp at the Richmond Oval

The Talent Development Camp returns for 2014 Junior B athletes (2014-2015) meeting the selection criteria and returning athletes will be invited to attend. Camp dates: July 14-19 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Full details including selection criteria for 2014 available this spring.

Club Performance Camp at the Richmond Olympic Oval. For club skaters T2T and up, participating in a competitive stream. Camp dates: July 28-August 1 at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Full details available this spring. For more information, contact David Morrison, Head Coach and Regional Development Mentor at the Richmond Oval.

Past Events

Washington State Championships, December 15, 2013
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The Puget Sound Speedskating Club hosted the 2013 Washington State Championship competition on Sunday, December 15, 2013, from 1:00 until 6:30 p.m. in Tacoma, WA.


A small but dedicated band of speedskaters gathers for an hour every so often to practice their sport, rare in these parts.
Canadian Sterling Sobczak skates with former U.S. Olympian Becky Sundstrom during a practice at Mountain View Ice Arena in Vancouver, WA.

This article by Rachel Bachman appeared in The Oregonian on January 15, 2010.