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My Official Retirement

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (30)

Until now, I would have never guessed that 2014 would be this big of a year for me. Completing my degrees at the University of Calgary and competing at my second Winter Olympics has been my plan since 2010, but I can’t say I foresaw myself hanging up my skates for good as well. Yet, here I am doing just that. In many ways, 2014 just got a whole lot more exciting because of it.

From the moment I came back from Sochi at the end of February I knew I was going to take som...

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Happy Father's Day, Tat!

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

( Note: In Ukrainian, ‘Tat’ is short for ‘Father', pronounced ‘Taht’ )

Dear Tat, 

This Father’s day I’m putting you on the spot. For years I’ve written you notes and cards for your birthday, for Christmas, for Father’s Day and so on. The thing is, those notes and cards are usually only read by you.

This year is diff...

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Ukrainian Celebrations in Edmonton

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 12:31 AM Comments comments (0)

Two weekends ago I was invited to Edmonton by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Ihor Ostash, to help celebrate the 120th Anniversary of Ukrainian Settlement in Canada. Edmonton was the last stop on a cross-country train tour called the “Historic Train of Ukrainian Pioneers.” This was a special celebration for me because as many of you know, my family roots extend back to Ukraine and the Ukrainian culture is a big part of who I am.


With the celebrations th...

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The Makowsky Award

Posted on July 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (0)

Last weekend when I was back in Saskatchewan for a family event and a friend’s wedding, I surprised my elementary school by showing up during their year-end awards assembly. Some of you may remember that I partnered with École Wilfrid Walker during the Olympic year through the Adopt an Athlete Program, and at the end of the year the school created the Makowsky Award to commemorate the partnership.


Every year, a gold medal is presented to a student from each grad...

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CAN Fund e-Book!!

Posted on June 30, 2011 at 10:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Hey everyone,


Happy Canada Day!


In celebration of Canada’s birthday, I want to let everyone know that CAN Fund is launching their first athlete e-Book called "Excellence: The Ripple Effect". It includes 36 stories of Courage, Believing In Yourself, Success From Failure, Excellence and Representing Canada that are written by many of Canada’s top athletes, including myself.


All of us have experienced moments in our lives or...

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Weekend in Regina

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 11:23 AM Comments comments (2)

Last weekend I spent a couple of great days back in Regina, so I figured in light of that I could get a few new pictures up on the site for all those who missed out. I had lots of fun at the Regina Speed Skating Club’s year-end banquet and got a little motivated to get back into training after seeing so many people out at the Regina Police Services ½ Marathon.


First up was the RSSC’s year-end banquet. Aside from chatting and hanging out with most of the &#...

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It's time for a big update!

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 10:37 PM Comments comments (6)

Ok, so I don’t know where the last two months have gone but it’s already mid-October and the season is well under way. I’ve had a bit of extra time off the ice for the last week and a half because of a foot infection, so with the extra time I wanted to fill everyone in on how things have been.


First thing’s first - the ‘foot infection’. Sometime last week I got cellulitis on my left foot, which according to Wikipedia is a diffuse inflamma...

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Back at 'er!

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 10:29 PM Comments comments (1)

Hey everyone,


Looking at a calendar, some time has definitely passed since I last updated my blog. I don’t think I’ve been home in Calgary for more than a few days at a time since coming back from Europe; so, the busy schedule hasn’t made it easy to keep everyone updated.


Having said that, I’ll be home a little more regularly now that I’ve started training again. In my blog I’m going to finish up my Olympic Recap and I...

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Olympic recap 3 - My first Olympic race

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:44 PM Comments comments (1)

While all of the excitement was building up for the Olympics, I was getting ready for my Olympic debut on day two of the Olympics. I couldn’t worry too much about the condo or Athlete’s Village, the Opening Ceremonies, or anything else going on in and around Vancouver; I had to get ready to race.


When I’m only getting ready for one race, as opposed to 2 or 3 in a weekend at a World Cup, the week leading up to that race is a lot more specific. I did longer...

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Olympic recap - part 2

Posted on March 10, 2010 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (2)

After things were set up at my condo and my room at Athlete’s Village, the next big thing was to decide whether or not I was going to go to the opening ceremonies. Making that decision took a lot of time, and was probably one of the most drawn out decision I made during the Games.


The first time I actually thought about the opening ceremonies probably goes back at least a year. That’s when I really started to see myself as having a realistic shot at making the ...

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