Thursday, May 2, 2002
Gabel named new U.S. speedskating president
SALT LAKE CITY -- Four-time short-track Olympian Andy Gabel
has been elected U.S. Speedskating's sixth president.
Gabel was a member of the 5,000-meter relay team that won the
silver medal at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. He also served as the
Salt Lake Organizing Committee's director of short-track
speedskating and figure skating.
Gabel was elected at U.S. Speedskating's organizational meetings
last weekend, succeeding Fred Benjamin. Gabel hopes to build on the
record 11 medals won by speedskaters at the Salt Lake Games.
"It is an honor to have been elected president of an
organization that has given so much to so many athletes and
families over the years," said Gabel, who competed in the 1988,
1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.
Gabel also was elected to the federation's 15-member governing
board, along with former Olympic speedskaters Bonnie Blair
Cruikshank and Dan Jansen, as well as 2002 Olympians Joey Cheek,
Casey FitzRandolph, Amy Peterson and Jennifer Rodriguez.