Moira Marshall returns to the Olympic Oval as Director of Sport

Moira Marshall, former Olympian and Olympic Oval speed skating coach, is returning to the home of the world’s fastest ice as the Director of High Performance Sport for the Olympic Oval.

“I am thrilled to be back at the Olympic Oval in Calgary. My goal is to provide the best training environment for our athletes and coaches as we prepare for Beijing 2008 and Vancouver 2010,” says Marshall about her motivation to take on the new role and move back to Calgary after almost two years in B.C. She will relocate from Vancouver with her husband, former Canadian National Team Coach Mike Marshall and their two young children.

Marshall has been working in the position on a limited basis since early May and will begin working full-time in mid-June. As Director of High Performance Sport she will lead all four high performance sport programs (cycling, female hockey, long and short track speed skating) at the Olympic Oval.

“Moira rejoins the Olympic Oval with a great deal of skill and background, providing her with a solid base to help us achieve our goals for 2008 and 2010,” says Mark Greenwald, Director of the Olympic Oval. “I know Moira will continue the legacy established by her predecessors, acting as a driving force to help our athletes achieve success and maintain a collaborative approach among Oval staff and our many partners.”

Marshall’s background includes coaching, administration and experience as an elite level speed skater. The Saratoga Springs, N.Y. native came to coaching after competing for 12 years as a member of the United States Speed Skating Team including the 1988 Winter Olympics in short track, and 1992 and 1998 Olympics in long track.

Her coaching experience includes six years as an Olympic Oval training centre coach and as a member of the Canadian Team coaching staff for the 2002 Olympics. She coached long track speed skaters, including Cindy Klassen when she won bronze at the 2002 Winter Games. She also completed training with the National Coaching Institute at the University of Calgary.

Marshall also has extensive sport administrative experience as Assistant to the Marketing Director with Team Sports Inc., in Milwaukee, USA, as a team leader for the Olympic Oval long track program and as the recruitment project manager for B.C.’s Own the Podium Recruitment Program.

More than 300 athletes train with 20 full and part-time coaches at the Olympic Oval in one of four high performance sport programs – cycling, long track and short track speed skating and female hockey. From these Olympic Oval programs 22 athletes and six coaches attended the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino where 15 athletes earned Olympic medals including Cindy Klassen with her record-breaking five medals.

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Bridget Cox, Communications Specialist

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