Brian Hansen

Speed Skating

Served as envoy

  • 2018  –  Palau

Hansen was born in 1990 in Glenview, Illinois. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado – Boulder. Played hockey growing up until he discovered speed skating at the age of 17. He was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 2010, 2014, and 2018. He won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in the men’s team pursuit. Thirteen-time World Cup medalist (9 individual, 4 team). Coached by 4-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz. Hansen currently serves as a youth skating coach and runs his own apparel company for outdoorsmen and adventure seekers called Atlas Drifts.

Matt Whewell

Speed Skating

Served as envoy

  • 2018  –  Palau

Matt Whewell, 29, joined US Speedskating as its Communications Director in 2015 after serving as Communications Manager for the Colorado Rockies for two years. No stranger to the Olympic movement, he was the public relations and Digital Communications Coordinator for USA Swimming from 2011-13, serving as a press officer for the U.S. Olympic Swim Team in London. Additionally, he was a media relations assistant with the Cleveland Indians from 2009-11, a media relations trainee for the Atlanta Braves (2008) and communications intern for the Cleveland Browns during the 2007 season. He is currently the Senior Lead of Global Brand Communications for Under Armour.

The Garfield Heights, Ohio native graduated from The University of Akron in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Sports Studies.