Brian Hansen is one of the promising young pieces of the U.S. speed skating team. Hansen was the youngest member of the U.S. speed skating team in Vancouver, where he won a silver medal in the team pursuit. Now, Hansen has emerged as one of the best individual medal contenders for the U.S. He started the 2013-2014 World Cup season with a bang, finishing third in the 1000m skate at the World Cup Calgary, which was the first event of the World Cup season. The middle distance specialist won medals in the 1000m and 1500m at the World Cup Salt Lake City, which was the second event of the World Cup season. Hansen assured himself a chance to continue his momentum when he finished third in the 500m and second in the 1000m and 1500m at U.S. Olympic Trials. All three of his finishes were good enough to secure him a spot on the U.S. speed skating team in the distances and punch his ticket to Sochi.
- 2013/14 Olympic Trials- finished second in the 1000m and 1500m and third in the 500m
- 2013/14 World Cup Salt Lake City- finished second in the 1000m and third in the 1500m
- 2013/14 World Cup Calgary- finished third in the 1000m
- 2012/13 World Cup Erfurt- finished first in the 1000m and third in the 1500m
- 2010 Olympic Games- silver medal in the team pursuit and finished 18th in the 1500m
Things to know:
1. Started a company called bottlebark with his brother, which produces foam roller sleeves for water bottles.
2. Is coached by Nancy Swider-Peltz, a four-time Olympian.
3. Served as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army in 2011.