Olympic Medalist Allison Baver is the most decorated American Female Short Track Speed Skater in World Cup History. She is the first inline speed skater to switch to ice and qualify for the U.S.A. Short Track Speed Skating Olympic Team. Known as the poster child for dedication, Allison made one of the most amazing comebacks in athletic history. The 2002, 2006 and 2010 Olympian shattered her right leg while contending for the 2009 Overall World Cup Title, only one year prior to the 2010 Olympic Games. She was unable to walk for three months and came back and, not only qualified for the Olympic Games, but brought home a Bronze Medal in the Ladies 3000m Relay.
Allison Baver has led the way for many aspiring inline skaters and Olympians. As a world class inline skater, she first tried ice skating in high school and, while attending college, moved to the US Olympic Education Center to train for the Olympics. It took a complete commitment and one year of training before breaking the American Record in the 1000m and qualifying for her first international competition, the 2002 Olympic Games, as a short track speed skater. Extremely consistent in her performance on and off the ice, she became the 2007 National Short Track Champion after suffering an ankle injury during the 2006 Olympic Games (finished 4th, 7th and 12th). Allison has won countless National and World Cup medals along the way.
During the 2006 Olympics, she was even nominated for the TV show “The Apprentice” and was named by Sports Illustrated as the “Most Studious” Athlete of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Then during the 2010 Olympics, TMZ and Esquire.com <http://esquire.com/> named Allison as one of the “Hottest Female Athletes” of the Olympics and her “booty” was featured in ESPN Magazine Body Shots (2011). In 2013 Allison appeared as a celebrity athlete on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker and recently clenched the 2013 Short Track American Cup Overall Title, each overall distance in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m only two weeks after becoming the 2013 North American Long Track Champion in the 3000m. Allison has broken the World Short Track Record in the 1500m and is currently the American Record Holder in 1500m and the 3000m Relay.
Off the ice, Allison graduated in 2003 from Penn State University with a BA in Marketing and Management and in 2007 earnedher MBA specializing in Marketing, all while competing. During her high school career, Allison played soccer and was captain of her football and basketball cheerleading team. She was nominated for the 1996 and 1998 Homecoming Court and graduated a member of the National Honor Society. Allison was selected for the Universal Cheerleaders and Dance Association All-Star Team for four consecutive years where she gathered to cheer and dance in national and international events, she was also offered a job with UCA/UDA teaching cheer and dance to colleges. In 2008 Allison signed with Wilhelmina Models NY. Her passion is not only skating but fashion, beauty and being fit. Allison wanted to find a way to show the world who she was behind her fiery and focused game face and show that you can achieve your dreams by being yourself.
Throughout her professional career, Allison has been highly sought after as a youth and corporate spokesperson. She has had long-term endorsement relationships with Penske Truck Rental and Procter & Gamble Beauty, including Pantene, CoverGirl, Olay, Fusion and Secret Clinical Sport. In her career she has worked with companies such as Nike, Panasonic, Budweiser, TheHome Depot, McDonald’s, Novell, Hilton Corp and AT&T to name a few. She has been on the cover of international and national magazines such as Valley Social Magazine and Muscle and Body, as well as featured in countless others from Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, People, US Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Philadelphia Style, Sports Illustrated and in nearly every major newspaper in the country. She has been the center of national advertising campaigns, has done interviews over three Olympic games, and was a professional speaker for Monster.com <http://monster.com/> ‘s Making High School and Making College Count Programs and now keynotes on her own story. Allison has co-hosted NBC Philadelphia “The 10! Show”, commentated for Universal Sports Network, and has appeared on television and in print advertisements associated with fitness, beauty, and the Olympics, providing tips and advice. Allison has also lobbied on Capitol Hill for better funding for youth healthand fitness grants. A former United States Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council Member for Speed Skating, she is a strong advocate for sports and in 2010 received the Woman’s Sports Foundation Award. Other awards and honors include 2010 Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshall, 2011 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award, and 2013 Wilson High School Honorable Hall of Fame.
Allison is originally from Sinking Spring, PA, which is outside of Philadelphia, PA, and currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT.