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