Catching Up with Female Olympians from Berks
Photo by Matthew Harris
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Olympic Speed Skater
Nicknames: It varies from “Baver” to “AB” to my dad calling me “Al” and hmm…in high school a few friends called me “Big Booty” or “Booty Baver” or “Big Booty Baver” for my speed skating glutes.
Berks hometown: Sinking Spring
Graduate of: Wilson High School Class of 1998
You may know me for: Winning a bronze medal in the 2010 Olympics for short track speed skating!
Fast Facts, recently became the VP of the United States Olympian’s and Paralympian's Association; also a former Wilhelmina NYC model; 2010, 2006 and 2002 Olympian, current 1500M American record holder and former 1000M & 3000M relay American record holder, former National Champion & World Cup medalist, 2015 All Sports United Humanitarian Award Winner, 2010 Penn State Homecoming Grand Marshal, 2011 Penn State Alumni Achievement Award winner
I love promoting the benefits of incorporating an active lifestyle to our youth through physical education and after school programs developed by my “Off the Ice Foundation” (offtheice.org).
Some of Allison’s favorites…
Cheat meal: Right now it’s Trader Joe’s dark chocolate and kettle corn!
Vacation spot: New York, NY, or Los Angeles, CA, are my go-to spots!
Way to spend my free time: All of my free time is spent working on developing my fashion & spokesperson brand, working out and spending time with Prince, my Japanese Pomeranian who is also from PA.
Way to work out: How fun of you to ask! I prefer leg days and interval training is my favorite way to work out.
Song that gets me moving: I use an app called Rock My Run that you can use to adjust the beat of the music with your workout! I prefer a mix of dance, modern and remixes.
My favorite way to spend a day in Berks is: Hanging out with my family and going to my favorite local spots. I’ll always stop by the local farmer’s market and enjoy buying a ton of little treats and a healthy snack.
I’m excited to share that I am now a fashion designer and continue to be a spokesperson, working in television and inspirational speaking. I designed an active fashion collection that includes a luxury workout bag for the working woman, along with beautiful activewear to empower women to feel fabulous. I hope all of my friends in Berks County go to my website and stay connected with me at AllisonBaver.com!