GPS Ambassadors

Heather Richardson

Guide Posts of Strength is honored to have two-time Olympic Speedskater Heather Richardson as its first GPS Ambassador. A native of High Point, NC, Heather visits with cancer patients when she is in her hometown, sharing stories of training, determination and encouragement. Moreover, Heather proudly sports the GPS logo and shares Guide Posts of Strength’s mission in her global travels.

The 2007 graduate of High Point Central High School got her start at a local skating rink. In fact, both of her parents competed on traditional ‘quad-style’ roller skates. Heather was racing on inline roller skates by the time she was nine and went on to win eleven medals at World Championship competitions during her career.

Olympic scouts spotted her talent and saw great potential, taking her to Utah after high school graduation to train. Four months after first stepping on to the ice she made her first U.S. Speedskating World Cup Team. As they say, the rest is history!

Now, Heather is arguably the fastest woman on ice. Her sport is Long Track Speedskating and her events are the 500 meter, the 1,000 meter, and the 1,500 meter.

Olympic Experience:
    2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
    2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada. 6th in women’s 500m, 9th in women’s 1000m, 16th in women’s 1500m

Career Highlights:
    15-time World Cup. 1000m Medalist (eight gold, six silver, one bronze).
    11-time World Cup. 500m Medalist (four silver, seven bronze)
    2013, World Cup. Overall 1000m Champion
    2013, World Sprint Championships. Overall Champion
    2012, U.S. Long Track Speedskating Championships. Sprint Champion
    2012, U.S. Single Distance Long Track Championships. Gold Medalist (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m)
    2011, World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships. 1000m Bronze Medalist
    2011, World Cup. Overall 1000m Champion
    2011, U.S. Sprint Champion