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Lucas Makowsky

Lucas Makowsky
  • Born: 05/30/1987
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 78kg
  • Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan

2013_05_12_HDSHOT_L_Makowsky-4_1340pxLucas Makowsky made his Olympic debut at Vancouver 2010 where he joined with Denny Morrison and Mathieu Giroux to win gold in the men’s team pursuit. The trio set an Olympic record in their quarter-final victory over the defending Olympic champions from Italy and then another Olympic record in their semifinal win over Norway. They narrowly defeated the United States in the final by 0.21 of a second to be the only Canadian men to reach the podium at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

At Sochi 2014, the Morrison-Makowsky-Giroux combination advanced to the bronze medal race but was defeated by the Polish team for a spot on a podium.

Makowsky made his World Cup debut in February 2007 and since then has enjoyed most of his individual success in the 1500m. He won bronze in the 1500m at the 2011 World Single Distances Championships and his lone individual World Cup medal, a silver, was also won in the 1500m in November 2009, leading up to the Olympic Winter Games.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2010 Olympic Champion Team Pursuit… 2011 World Bronze Medallist 1500m… 2011 Speed Skating Canada Male Skater of the Year (Long Track)…

PERSONAL

Getting Into the Sport: Started speed skating at age six with his brother after his parents suggested it at dinner one evening… It was an ice sport to try instead of hockey but became the extra-curricular activity that took precedence over everything else… Moved to Calgary in September 2005 after graduating high school to pursue training… Odds and Ends: Studying chemical engineering and economics (double major) at the University of Calgary… Motto: Begin each day with a purpose…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2013 – 19th (1500m), 7th (team pursuit); 2012 – 19th (1500m), 4th (team pursuit); 2011 – BRONZE (1500m), 21st (5000m), SILVER (team pursuit); 2009 – 13th (1500m), 10th (5000m), 11th (10,000m), 6th (team pursuit)

ISU World Allround Championships: 2013 – 17th (overall); 2012 – 16th (overall); 2011 – 12th (overall); 2010 – 9th (overall); 2009 – 17th (overall); 2008 – 13th (overall)

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2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Long Track1,500m - Men - 19
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Long Track5,000m - Men - 13
2010 VancouverOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Long TrackTeam Pursuit - Men - Gold
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Long Track1,500m - Men - 28
2014 SochiOlympic Winter GamesSpeed Skating - Long TrackTeam Pursuit - Men - 4

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