William Dutton overcame injury in the fall of 2013 to qualify for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Team. At the World Cup in Calgary on November 9, Dutton fell during the 1000m and suffered lacerations to his right quadricep and right calf muscle, requiring 12 stitches. He returned to competition three weeks later. Prior to making his Olympic debut, Dutton was the top Canadian at the 2014 ISU World Sprint Championships with his seventh place finish.
In March 2013 Dutton decided to join a team based in Norway where he would be coached by Peter Mueller, who had guided the likes of Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen to Olympic gold.
Dutton is yet to compete at the ISU World Single Distances Championships, but made his debut at the World Sprint Championships in 2010. He was to compete in his first full World Cup season in 2010-11 but had his campaign cut short after partially tearing his Achilles tendon while practicing starts.
Dutton has dreamed of being an Olympian since watching Jeremy Wotherspoon race at Salt Lake City 2002 and can still recall the sound of his blades through the first 100m.
Getting into the Sport: Started speed skating at age nine after his father saw an ad in the Saskatoon newspaper for a kids open championship which he won while racing in his hockey skates… Outside Interests: Tries to keep busy with random do-it-yourself projects which don’t always turn out as planned… Enjoys playing outdoor hockey, mountain biking, hiking and camping… Since he can remember has been obsessed with water and fish… Tries to find work in the summer doing landscaping and odd jobs… Odds and Ends: On race day likes to make his grandma Elsie Dowhans famous pancake recipe just as she did when he was a kid… Collects things during his travels for his family such as spoons for his sister and bells for his grandmother…Favourite quote: “The only way to avoid failing is to avoid everything. If I avoid everything I avoid failing and achieve nothing. I can’t imagine living that way.” Jeremy Wotherspoon…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Sprint Championships: 2014 – 7th (overall); 2010 – 38th (overall)