| Date of Birth:
August 30, 1981
Place of Birth: Kitchener, ON
Residence: Montreal, QC
Years on National Team:
Speed skating is in Amanda Overland's blood. Her sister Cindy and brother Kevin Crockett both began skating before she was born -- they just recently retired from successful careers with the national team. In the beginning, it was Amanda's father who initially sparked the family's interest in the sport; he, who eventually became the coach at Overland's club in Cambridge, Ontario.
Amanda credits Olympic teammate Alanna Kraus' influence as a strong role model as one of the chief reasons for her success. And now, after just three years on the senior team, Overland has already become one of the leaders of the current short track speed skating team herself.
Overland has steadily improved over the past few years. She had a fourth-place finish in a 500m race at a World Cup race during the 2002-03 season. In 2003-04, she finished the season as the fourth ranked short track skater in Canada, and just last season she finished eighth overall at the World Championships.
However, Overland's greatest success has come in the 3000m relay event, where she will anchor a squad that is a serious medal contender going into Turin. The team is riding a wave of positive momentum into the Games, with four podium finishes in World Cup competitions early in the 2005-06 season.
In her free time, Overland enjoys the outdoors, movies and spending time with friends.
In what will be her first Olympic experience this year, Overland will work hard to make the family proud, and come home from Turin with a medal in hand.
February 23: Short-track silver a true team effort
February 19: Short-track slump
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