Inducted April 22, 2006
Amy first began figure skating at the age of three but soon started in speedskating as well; she continued to participate in both sports until the age of fourteen. Amy skated both long and short track before eventually concentrating on short track. Amy was a member of sixteen World Teams, was U.S. Short Track Champion nine times (1993-96, 1998-2002), was a five-time Olympian (1988, 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002) and three-time Olympic medalist (relay, silver, 1992; 500m and relay, bronze, 1994), as well as a member of the American record 3000-meter relay team (4:20.730, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 20, 2002). Amy was named as U.S. Speedskating Athlete of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and had the honor of being the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake. Amy has served on the Athlete’s Advisor Council to the USOC, as well as an Athlete Representative on the USS Board of Directors. She turned to coaching in the spring of 2002 and was named the USS Northern Regional Coach, producing two Junior World Team members in three years. She was named the U.S. Speedskating Development Coach of the Year in 2005 before returning to skating that year and qualifying for the 2006 World Team to compete in her 16th World Short Track Championships held in Minneapolis. She inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on April 22, 2006 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Flag Bearer for the US Team – 2002 Olympics
Amy Peterson (born November 29, 1971) is an American short track speed skater. Peterson competed in five consecutive Olympic games from when short track speed skating was exhibition sport in 1988 to 2002.
Peterson qualified for her first Olympic Games in 1988 for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary at age 16. In 1988 short track speed skating was just a demonstration sport and no medals were awarded. Peterson won the 1,000 meters, and 1,500 meters US speed skating titles at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1989. She also placed third in the 500 meters.
Peterson was born in Maplewood, Minnesota. Her uncle, Gene Sandvig, competed in speed skating in the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games.
Peterson returned to qualify for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan after overcoming chronic fatigue syndrome.
In 2000, Peterson won all four distances at U.S. short track speed skating championships. Peterson qualified for the 2000 Winter Goodwill Games while winning the 500, 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meter races. She held the American record in 1,000, 1,500 and 3,000 meters races in June 2000. In 2001, she won her eighth U.S. women’s championship.
By the end of the 2000–2001 season Peterson was ranked ninth in the world and ranked in the top ten for each distance.
In the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Peterson was elected to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony of the 2002 Winter Olympics. She planned for the Olympics to be her last one. Peterson failed to win a medal in any of her individual events or in the relay. She did not for the Olympic games in 2005.