Michael Woods


Inducted May 17, 1998

Michael Woods was born May 15, 1952. He started skating when he was twelve years old and took the skating world by storm! His list of accomplishments is no small feat, juggling both his athletic and academic careers. He was crowned the Senior National Outdoor Long Track champion in 1973, held a spot on the Junior World Team in 1972, the World All Around Team 1974-1980 and 1984, the World Sprint Team in 1974 and 1977. He won a variety of World Championship medals, the silver in the 5000m in 1979, gold in the 10,000m in 1980, and the silver in the 10,000m in 1984. Michael was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1976, 1980, and 1984. While he was competing, he worked to earn his M.D. degree and returned to the sport in 1984 after completing his residency. After his retirement from the sport, he continued to be a steadfast promoter and fundraiser for future generations of skaters. Michael was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1998 in Wausau, Wisconsin.


Medical College of Wisconsin Article, Feb 14, 2018: Physician-Olympian: Dr. Michael Woods achieves Olympic excellence
Excerpt: While pursuing medicine, Dr. Woods was also a competing three-time Olympian and former world champion in speed skating.

“I competed in the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics while I was in medical school at MCW,” Dr. Woods recalls. “Then I competed in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics and the world championships while I was an MCW resident, and in the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics while I was a staff physician at the VA. My instructors and colleagues throughout my education and career at MCW supported me and played a big role in my ability to train and compete.”