Moira D’Andrea Marshall

Saratoga speedskater Moira D’Andrea-Marshall inducted into US HOF   

Inducted May 16, 2015

Moira started skating as a Midget and went all the way up through the ranks to skating as a Senior Woman. At the time, she was one of only two other skaters to have achieved this.

She made her first Senior World Team as a short track skater at the age of 14. She is also one of the few skaters to have made Olympic Teams both in Short Track and Long Track. As a young athlete she inspired the other skaters as they witnessed her dedication, training, work ethic, assistance, and accomplishments to make their way onto National, World, and Olympic teams.

Moira made her Olympic debut in 1988, and was a member of four consecutive Olympic Teams including the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan, where she placed 9th in the 1000m. D’Andrea Marshall is one of very few skaters to have made Olympic Teams in both Short Track and Long Track. Throughout her long and prestigious athletic career, she was a member of eighteen Senior World Championship Teams, five World Sprint Teams, three World Single Distance Championship Teams and three World Short Track Teams.

Moira’s love of the sport led her to pursue a career in coaching which resulted in her moving to Canada, where she could attend the National Coaching Institute in Calgary, where she attained an Advanced Coaching Diploma in High Performance Coaching in Speed Skating. She has gone on to be a very successful coach and program director; she was the Female Coach of the Year for Speed Skating Canada, Long Track Coach for the 2002 Canadian Olympic Team, and has been a recipient of the Petro Canada Coaching Excellence Award. She was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 16, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

 

Article Saratogian News June 3, 2015

Saratoga speedskater Moira D’Andrea-Marshall inducted into US HOF
By Shane Marshall smarshall@digitalfirstmedia.com @MarshallLaw28 on TwitterFor Saratoga graduate Moira D’Andrea-Marshall the path to becoming an Olympic speed skater began when a newspaper ad offered free speed skating lessons and offered her a chance to earn her skating badge for Girl Scouts. Now, nearly four decades later, D’Andrea-Marshall was recently inducted into the United States Speed Skating Hall of Fame.

D’Andrea-Marshall competed in four-consecutive Winter Olympics from 1988-1998 before embarking on a coaching career that included being at the helm of the 2002 Canadian Olympic team. “There’s no further accomplishments to be made out on the ice so it’s a nice honor when you look back,” D’Andrea-Marshall said. “All these years you accomplish these (feats) and they’re being recognized (with my induction). It’s really special.”

Mary Ellen D’Andrea, Moira’s mother, led her troop and organized a skating lesson for the entire group. The Saratoga Winter Club invited D’Andrea-Marshall to an actual speed skating practice and she fell in love with the sport. “Early on she found a love for skating,” former coach Patrick Maxwell said. “Right away she loved to go fast on ice. In a very short time she was able to win a lot of local meets, and is one of the few skaters who has won the national championships in each age group from midgets (10-11-years-old) to her senior year.”

At 14, D’Andrea-Marshall made her first Senior World Championships team, which included five-time Olympic medalist Bonnie Blair. D’Andrea-Marshall left the competition in Japan with a bronze medal. “One of the things about Moira that was impressive was that she was very self-directing and driven from a young age,” Maxwell said.”In many ways, I got lucky that she came along as a role model for many other skaters in the Winter Club.”

Maxwell was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 2001, and it was D’Andrea-Marshall who presented him the honor.

In the spring of 1996, D’Andrea-Marshall was training in a bike ride in Milwaukee. During the ride, the then-two-time Olympian was struck by a car breaking her pelvis in three places and severed her tricep. After successfully completing rehabilitation, D’Andrea-Marshall was told that doctors said it was unlikely that she would be able to compete again. “That had a big impact because I was finally starting to compete at the level that I wanted to,” D’Andrea-Marshall said. “Not just skating in the World Championships, but being able to get top-six, top-four, who knows.”

“It was a definite setback, but those are the things you would never want to change because the things you dealt with, and how you dealt with them, you realize it was an experience that helps you in all walks of life, not just in your sport.”

Despite the rumors, D’Andrea-Marshall made the 1998 Olympic team to compete in Nagano, Japan. At the games, she finished ninth in the 1,000 meter race with a time of 1:18.38, her best finish in Olympic competition. She also finished 14th in the 1,500 meter race at 2:02.47, and 19th in the 500 meter race at 79.92 seconds.