Brian Hansen (speed skater)

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Brian Hansen
2013 WSDC Sochi - Brian Hansen.JPG
Brian skating at the 2018 Olympic trials
Personal information
Born (1990-09-03) September 3, 1990 (age 28)
Evanston, Illinois
ResidenceMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
Country United States
SportSpeed skating
Event(s)Long track speed skating
Coached byNancy Swider-Peltz

Brian Hansen (born September 3, 1990, in Evanston, Illinois) is an American speed skater and silver medalist in the Winter Olympics.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Hansen won a silver medal in the team pursuit along with Jonathan Kuck, Chad Hedrick and Trevor Marsicano. Hansen has also won a two medals in the World Single Distance Championships and four medals (two gold, three silver, one bronze) in the World Junior Championships. As of February 2018, Hansen holds the 13th position on the men's Adelskalender big combination.[1]


2018 Winter Olympics[edit]


Hansen qualified for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team in the 1500 m, Mass Start, and Team Pursuit. The Olympic Mass Start team event will have its debut in Pyeongchang, South Korea.[2]

2014 Winter Olympics[edit]


Hansen placed 7th in the men's 1500 m and men's Team Pursuit. Hansen also placed 9th in the men's 1000 m.

2010 Winter Olympics[edit]


In the 1500 m, Hansen placed 18th with a time of 1:48.45.[3]

The American pursuit team consisted of Hansen, Chad Hedrick, Jonathan Kuck and Trevor Marsicano. Kuck, Hedrick and Marsicano eliminated Japan in the quarterfinal, which advanced them to face the heavily favored Netherlands in the semifinal.[4] Kuck, Hedrick and Hansen then beat the Dutch team by .4 seconds, with a final time of 3:42.71.[5]

The American team were defeated by the Canadians in the gold medal final. The same trio that skated the semifinal trailed Canada in the gold medal final by as much as 0.73 seconds early in the race, trimming that margin to 0.21 at the finish with a time of 3:41.58.

Other career highlights[edit]

  • Nine-time World Cup individual medalist (2 gold, 1 silver, 6 bronze)
  • Four-time World Cup Team Pursuit medalist (3 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Member of the U.S. Long Track World Cup Team from 2009-2014 and 2016-2018[6]

Personal life[edit]

Brian was born in Evanston, Illinois, and was raised in Glenview, Illinois with his brother Stevey. Hansen is coached by 4-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz. Brian attended Glenbrook South High School in Glenview. After his participation at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Brian took two years off to earn his bachelor's degree in business at the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, Colorado.[7]

Personal bests - February 2018[edit]

Event Time Date Location
500 m 34.87 December 28, 2013 United States Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:07.03 November 16, 2013 United States Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:42.16 November 15, 2013 United States Salt Lake City
3000 m 3:41.21 October 7, 2017 United States Salt Lake City
5000 m 6:17.84 November 10, 2013 Canada Calgary
10000 m 13:19.60 March 18, 2017 Canada Calgary

Last updated February 10, 2018.



  1. ^ "Adelskalender Big combination Men -". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  2. ^ Ryan, Shannon. "Glenview's Brian Hansen qualifies for U.S. Olympic mass start team". Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  3. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's 1500 metres". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  4. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Quarter-Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  5. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Semi-Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
  6. ^ "Brian Hansen". Team USA. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  7. ^ Nelson, Mike (November 23, 2010). "Brian Hansen: A day in his skates". The Marquette Tribune.

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