Winter Games Athletes
After having previously failed to qualify for the Olympics, Ringsred again was an underdog heading into the U.S. Olympic trials in December in Salt Lake City. This time around, Ringsred punched her ticket to Sochi after recording a time of 4:13.80 to finish second in the 3,000 meters and earn a spot on the long-track team. It was a special moment, and for now, the pinnacle of a career that's spanned more than 15 years and will come to an end with her previously-announced intention to retire from competitive speedskating after this season. A versatile skater known for her stamina and dedication, Ringsred achieved success in both the sprint (500 and 1,000 meters) and distance (3,000) events during the 2013 season. She kicked off the year in stellar fashion when she set personal bests in the 500 (39.72 seconds) and the 1,000 (1:16.71) in January. In November, Ringsred skated a career-best time of 4:12.49 in the 3,000 at the Salt Lake City Oval. She finished 20th in the 2013 World Allround Speedskating Championships in Norway. Ringsred, who lives and trains north of the border in Calgary, has a B.S. in chemical engineering.