Brittany Schussler has been a constant on the Canadian long track team since debuting at the World Single Distances Championships in 2008. As part of the team pursuit she won world championship gold in 2009 and 2011, adding silvers in 2008 and 2012. She has also posted five individual top-10 finishes at the World Single Distances.
Schussler’s first exposure to the Olympic Games came at Turin 2006 when she was named as a team alternate. She lived in the Olympic Village and attended the Opening and Closing Ceremonies but didn’t get to compete. It did provide a valuable experience for her in advance of Vancouver 2010. She had entered those Games with three individual World Cup medals to her credit but her top result in Vancouver was 25th in the 1000m. Schussler went on to compete in three individual events at Sochi 2014, posting a top-20 finish in the 3000m and helping the team pursuit to a second straight fifth place finish at the Olympic Games.
Schussler’s strongest individual event has usually been the 1500m in which she has won five of her six individual World Cup medals. For three straight years (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) she finished fourth in the overall World Cup standings for the 1500m.
2009 and 2011 World Champion Team Pursuit… 2008 and 2012 World Silver Medallist Team Pursuit…
Getting Into the Sport: Started skating at age seven… A year later she was watching Lillehammer 1994 and she was so enthralled by American speed skater Bonnie Blair she knew that was what she wanted to do… Trained on an outdoor oval in Winnipeg… Outside Interests: Studying communications at University of Calgary and is interested in pursuing journalism… Enjoys reading and cooking but is always looking for reasons to bake and satisfy her sweet tooth… Odds and Ends: Olympic dream sparked by Simon Whitfield winning gold at Sydney 2000… Favourite motto: Don’t be afraid to sit in the front row at your life…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2013 – 8th (1500m), 16th (3000m), 8th (team pursuit); 2012 – 11th (1500m), 8th (3000m), 15th (5000m), SILVER (team pursuit); 2011 – 10th (1000m), 7th (1500m), 13th (3000m), GOLD (team pursuit); 2009 – 7th (3000m), 11th (5000m), GOLD (team pursuit); 2008 – 6th (1500m), 13th (3000m), SILVER (team pursuit)
ISU World Allround Championships: 2013 – 11th (overall); 2012 – 8th (overall); 2011 – 9th (overall); 2010 – 9th (overall); 2009 – 9th (overall); 2008 – 15th (overall)