| Date of Birth:
April 21, 1985
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Ever since long track speed skater Brittany Schussler represented Canada at the 2000 Junior World Championships as a 14-year-old, she has become accustomed to being one of the younger skaters on the track.
Considering she finished fifth overall at that event in 2000, one can also believe that she's one of the most talented. The Winnipeg-native would go on to have solid showings at the junior event over the next few seasons, finishing third overall in 2002 and also in 2003, when she would most notably claim a bronze medal in her signature event, the 1500m.
By 2004, the superstitious skater, who always puts on her left skate first, was skating with the seniors at the National Sprint Championships, where she would finish the competition in fifth place overall -- an excellent result considering the depth on the women's team.
During the current World Cup season, Schussler has excelled in B Division World Cup races. However, she has also managed an 18th-place result in a 1000m race against top-flight competition on the Olympic Oval in Turin earlier this season.
Schussler returns to Turin for the Olympics as an alternate in both the 1500m and the Team Pursuit. Although it's unlikely she'll be lacing up the skates, the experience should prove invaluable as she continues to develop with an eye on the 2010 Games in Vancouver.
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