Winter Games Athletes
Todd was first introduced to speedskating while growing up in Nebraska. After falling in love with the sport and achieving some success on the ice, Todd persuaded her family to move to the Milwaukee area so she could seriously train at the renowned Pettit National Ice Center. That dedication and sacrifice paid off when Todd qualified for the 2014 U.S. Olympic team after she skated a personal-best time of 38.18 seconds in the 500 meters at the national trials in December. She also qualified in the 1,000 after setting another career best with a time of 1:15.72. The 500 appears to be her strongest event heading into the Sochi Games, but one she’ll be a long shot to medal in with U.S. teammates Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe among the favorites to earn a podium spot. Though Todd won’t compete in the 1,500 in Sochi, she also set a personal-best time of 1:58.59 in the event at the U.S. trials in Utah. A member of the U.S. World Cup team in 2010, 2012 and 2013, Todd finally achieved her Olympic dream after she experienced the disappointment that followed from finishing 11th in both the 500 and 1,000, and 13th in the 1,500 at the 2010 national trials. Todd trained and competed around the Milwaukee and Madison, Wis., areas for more than a decade before she was invited to join the U.S. national training program in 2012.