Local gold medalist introduces speedskating to his kids

Posted February 7th, 2014---6:30 p.m.

Verona's Casey FitzRandolph will never forget the feeling of that gold medal being placed around his neck in February 2002. FitzRandolph won gold in the sport of speedskating--a sport he was inspired to take up after watching Madisonian Eric Heiden win five gold medals in speedskating at Lake Placid in 1980.

Now, FitzRandolph is introducing his 7-year-old son Sawyer and 5-year-old daughter Cassidy to the sport--just for fun, at this point.

Sawyer is already a couple of years older than Casey was when Casey started his quest for gold, but Casey and wife Jenn aren't pushing him to compete just yet. Casey says, ""It's such a long row to hoe", requiring so much of a commitment, that Casey's not sure HE is up to going through that again.

He also believes Sawyer needs to feel the drive from within to be successful and committed to the sport, and not be forced into it. When asked if he'd like to be an Olympian some day, Sawyer says, "Yes!." He adds, "I like to go fast" and beat other racers.

Casey admits Sawyer is very competitive, and they'll leave it up to Sawyer to decide just how far he wants to skate into the sport. For now, it's all about family fun on the ice--a place that will always hold warm memories for Casey FitzRandolph.

For more information on Casey FitzRandolph, go to http://www.caseyfitz.com/

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