| Date of Birth:
August 12, 1975
Place of Birth: Red Deer, AB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 174 lbs.
As someone who likes to spend his free time researching and trading stocks, Canadian long track speed skater Steven Elm is most probably pulled aside by teammates looking for solid investment tips every now and then. Now, as he heads to Turin for his third consecutive Winter Games, Elm may be too busy to check the financial pages, but one tip he's not likely to shy away from is don't bet against the men's 3000m Team Pursuit team.
The Canadians are strong medal contenders in the new Olympic event. Having set a World Record at a race in Calgary during the 2005-06 World Cup season, the squad is poised to add to their growing medal collection.
Elm grew up in Red Deer, AB and, like most young Canadian boys, enjoyed playing hockey. However, at the age 10 he tried speed skating and enjoyed it so much he shifted his attention to the new sport.
By 1994 Elm was competing at the World Junior Championships, where he already had an eye on a spot on the 1998 Nagano Olympic team. Fortunately, he would end up making the trip to Japan, where his best finish was a 23rd in the 5000m.
Four years later he would once again take part in the Olympics, this time improving with a best finish of 18th in the 1500m at Salt Lake City.
The 30-year-old realizes he is now in the twilight of his career, and 2006 just may be his best opportunity yet to cop that elusive Olympic medal.
2006 Longtrackskating Coverage