Olympic Medal: Bronze in 3000-meter relay, 2010 Vancouver Winter Games
Winter Olympian: 2010, 2006 and 2002
American Record Holder: Current 1500m, Current 3000m, Former 1000m
US National Championship: 2007
Birthday: August 11, 1980
Hometown: Reading, PA
College: Penn State University
Masters: New York Institue of Technology
Allison Baver stands proudly among the world's preeminent female short track speedskaters of the 21st century. She earned her first-ever Olympic medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
In her third Olympics, Allison and her U.S. short track speedskating teammates brought home the bronze in the 3000-meter relay. The U.S. team also included Katherine Reutter, Alyson Dudek, Kimberly Derrick and Lana Gehring. Team USA originally placed fourth in a time of 4:14:081, but gained a spot on the podium after Korea was disqualified for impeding a Chinese team that set a new world record (4:06.610) with their gold medal showing.
The 2007 U.S. short track champion first gained global prominence at the 2002 Winter Olympics.
The 5-4 Reading, Pa. native is believed to be the first female U.S. inline skater to qualify for the Olympics in short track speedskating.
At 11, Allison competed in the National Roller Skating Championships in Philadelphia, Pa., and at Wilson High School, she was a soccer player and cheerleader. She did not take up speedskating until her junior year of high school.
A member of the U.S. short track speedskating squad since 2002, Allison has earned multiple medals in ISU Short Track World Cup competition.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, she placed seventh in the women's 500-meter event and her 3000-meter relay team finished fourth.
Allison's first taste of Olympic competition came in her home country. At the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2002, her 3000-meter relay team placed seventh.
A passport and competitive spirit has provided Allison passage across the globe: Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Slovakia, South Korea, Sweden, Russia and the United Kingdom.
She earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and management from Penn State University and a MBA from the New York Institute of Technology. Allison is single and resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hobbies: Dancing, going to the movies, shopping, hiking in the mountains, practicing yoga, hanging out and drinking tea
If I Weren't a Skater: To be a very powerful and influential woman with her own TV show!
Zodiac sign: Leo
Parents' names: Brad and Dixie
Siblings: Crystal and Bradley Jr.
In 10 years: Helping people throughout the world achieve their goals and being highly involved in sports
Dinner guests: Family and friends
Biggest pet peeves: Smoking, rude and disrespectful people, especially those who fail to say thank you
Web site most visited: Yahoo! horoscopes
Favorite movie line: "There's no place like home."
Favorite book: "The Monster at the End of this Book"
Favorite food: Her mom's apple crumb pie
Favorite countries visited: China, Japan, Italy and France
Favorite ethnic food: Indian
Favorite cities visited: Paris, Beijing, and Mont Blanc, Italy
Best part about being an Olympian: Representing her country and competing at the Games
Things to do on a day off: Catch up on the world, go out for breakfast, meet a friend at Starbucks, peruse a book store, clean and go shopping
Favorite Quote: "The moment may be temporary, but the memory is forever."
Favorite cartoon character: Betty Boop
Favorite snack: NESQUIK® Powder or HERSHEY'S Syrup with milk
Favorite fashion accessory: Hot earrings-a must have!
Favorite Music: R&B, hip-hop and some classic rock
Favorite Color: Black
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