Winter Games Athletes
Hansen earned a silver medal along with current U.S teammate Jonathan Kuck, Chad Hedrick and Trevor Marsicano as part of the United States’ team pursuit squad in the 2010 Olympics at age 19. However, this year in Sochi, Hansen has a real chance to shine on an individual level. He finished 18th in the 1,500 meters four years ago at the Vancouver Games, but he has the talent and determination to earn a podium spot, most likely in the 1,000, in Russia. Hansen made a bold statement when he lost to U.S. star and fellow Chicago-area native Shani Davis by a hundredth of a second in the 1,000 at the recent U.S. Olympic trials in Utah. While Davis is the clear-cut favorite to win the 1,000 in Sochi, Hansen joins the likes of Kazakhstan’s Denis Kuzin, South Korea’s Mo Tae-Bum and Michel Mulder of the Netherlands as serious contenders for silver and bronze. The 12-time World Cup medalist and 2013 U.S champion in the 1,500 is poised to continue his progression after breaking onto the national speedskating scene with an impressive second-place finish at the U.S. Allround championships in 2008. In 2013, he set personal best times in the 500 (34.87), 1,000 (1:07.03), 1,500 (1:42.16) and the 5,000 (6:17.84). One year prior, Hansen won the 5,000 at the U.S Single Distance championships. He is coached by four-time Olympian speedskater Nancy Swider-Peltz.