Coaches comments (Coach Robb Dunn): Paul is a very motivated individual. You can see his enthusiasm for the sport in his workouts. He is always trying to keep everyone's spirits up and is a real "team" guy. He has come a long way in the past year, and I think he's still improving. He does not shy away from the tough workouts. I think he is gradually gaining more self-confidence in his abilities, which should help him continue to become a more polished racer. It's a real plus to have him on our team.
Age/Division: 34/Classic Men
Years Speed Skating: I have been competing indoors for 2 years.
What is your greatest achievement in skating?: I was 4th in the 2002 JO Nationals for Classic Men
What motivates you to do well in skating?: Great coaching and the support of teammates and friends (really!)
What are your short-term goals in skating?: To get competitive in the Standard Classic category indoors, and to get ready for the Pro Master field outdoor-next year.
With whom do you skate outdoors?: I like to skate with my Wolverine teammates at outdoor practice and at the various parks in the area. In outdoor competition I also like to skate with my teammates from Team SAFE.
What are your long-term goals?: To continue to improve, to help others enjoy skating, to stay happy and healthy.
What is your favorite competition/meet?: My old favorite was Athens-to-Atlanta but my new favorite is the Northshore Marathon.
What is you favorite drill?: Jay Pace!
What is your least favorite drill?: Repeats!
What would you tell a non-skater is the most fun about skating?: The speed and strategy, the joy of learning something new and applying it.
What is the least fun?: Slippery floors, the occasional poor sport.
What would you say about your skating career so far?: I've found that the more I give (effort, time, etc.) the greater the rewards. (OK, so that's not a big surprise.)