Jonathan Kuck

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Jonathan Kuck
Kuck at the World Allround Championships 2013 in Hamar
Personal information
Born (1990-03-14) March 14, 1990 (age 27)
Urbana, Illinois
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Speed skating

Jonathan Kuck (born March 14, 1990) is an American speed skater and silver medalist in the Winter Olympics.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kuck won a silver medal in the team pursuit along with Brian Hansen and Chad Hedrick. Kuck has also won a four medals at the World Championships, a silver medal at the World Allround Championships, and a silver medal at the World Junior Championships.

Personal[edit]

Kuck's demeanour is described as quiet and reserved.[1] Kuck started speed skating when he was ten and has competed internationally since 2008.[2] Kuck is a prized alum of Countryside School and a graduate of University Laboratory High School. He currently attends the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana, majoring in engineering physics with a minor in computer science.[3]

Career[edit]

2014 Winter Olympics[edit]

Trials[edit]

On December 27, 2013, Kuck won the Men's 5000-meters by more than 6 seconds at the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Trials in Utah to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team competing in Sochi in February.[4]

2010 Winter Olympics[edit]

Games[edit]

In the 10000 m, Kuck placed 8th with a time of 13:31.78. He was the highest American finish.[5]

The American pursuit team consisted of Kuck, Chad Hedrick, Brian Hansen, and Trevor Marsicano. Kuck, Hedrick, and Marsicano eliminated Japan in the quarterfinal, which advanced them to face the heavily favored Netherlands in the semifinal.[6] Kuck, Hedrick, and Hansen then beat the Dutch team by .4 seconds, with a final time of 3:42.71.[7]

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. The Canadians hit the line at 3:41.37 to win the gold medal, leaving the American team with silver. The bronze went to the Netherlands, which set an Olympic record in the B final with a time of 3:39.95.[8]

World Allround Championships[edit]

Results
Season Place 500m 5000m 1500m 10000m points
09/10 2nd, silver medalist(s) 36.31 (3) 6:23.47 (4) 1:45.36 (1) 13:15.62 (4) 149.558
10/11 5 35.97 (9) 6:17.88 (8) 1:43.12 (2) 13:11.24 (6) 147.693
11/12 6 36.90 (10) 6:27.15 (8) 1:48.41 (11) 13:30.88 (6) 152.295
12/13 13 37.41 (18) 6:27.62 (9) 1:48.44 (12) 112.318

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time Date Avg. speed Location
500 m 35.97 Feb 12, 2011 30.64 mph (49.31 km/h) Calgary
1000 m 1:09.25 Jan 4, 2011 31.89 mph (51.32 km/h) Salt Lake City
1500 m 1:43.12 Feb 13, 2011 31.85 mph (51.26 km/h) Calgary
3000 m 3:42.69† Oct 8, 2011 29.64 mph (47.70 km/h) Milwaukee
5000 m 6:16.28 Mar 23, 2012 29.28 mph (47.12 km/h) Heerenveen
10000 m 13:11.24 Feb 13, 2011 28.34 mph (45.61 km/h) Calgary
Team pursuit 3:41.58‡ Feb 27, 2010 30.37 mph (48.88 km/h) Vancouver

Key: ‡ = National Record † = Track Record

Last updated March 2, 2010.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huth, Jeff (2010-02-02). "Uni High's Jonathan Kuck: A dream come true". The News-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  2. ^ Zaccardi, Nick (2010-03-31). "Kuck makes name for himself with two silvers". United States Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Kuck, Olympic Speedskating Profile". Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  4. ^ Associated Press (27 December 2013). "Kuck, Rookard Earn Return Trips To The Olympics". Leaker. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's 10,000 metres". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Quarter-Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Semi-Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Finals". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 

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