Eyeing up 2022; Witkowski making strides towards Olympics

By Mitch Bach
December 21, 2018 - 5:23pm Updated: December 21, 2018 - 8:32pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB — Come the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Hatters may have another local product to cheer on.

Kaeden Witkowski is one of the fastest long-track junior speed-skaters in Alberta, and is ranked inside the top '20 under 20' in Canada.

At 17-years-old, the McCoy High School student is taking a direct approach in reaching his full potential, and it could eventually land him on the national speed skating team.

A few months ago, Witkowski completely uprooted his life in Medicine Hat by moving to Calgary to train out of the Olympic Oval full-time.

It's meant growing used to a new city, new living arrangements, mastering Calgary's transit system, and taking on an all-new enhanced training regime with some of the best coaches in the world.

His career on the ice began in his early days at the Medicine Hat Speed Skating Club, but he knows his dream of competing at the Olympics wouldn't be possible without making these sacrifices.

Mitch Bach of CHAT Sports spoke with Witkowski to learn more about his new life in Calgary, how the rest of his competitive season shapes up, and how far he believes his speed-skating career can take him.

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