Allison Baver (M.B.A. ‘07)

Graduate on Ice
U.S. champion speed skater Allison Baver is currently training for the XXI Olympic Winter Games to be held in Vancouver. “I always had the goal of being in the Olympics and winning a medal.” In 2002 and 2006, she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team, and, in 2007, she won the U.S. Short Track Championship. Allison currently holds more World Cup championship medals (12) than any other female short track speed skater in U.S. history.

Model Skater
Allison signed with Wilhelmina Models’ athlete division in the fall of 2008.  

Championing Good Causes
In 2008, Allison took the advice of her sister, Crystal, and encouraged her teammates to join her in creating an adopt-a-family program to help others in need. She is also establishing a foundation that teaches children about the principles of Olympic competition and how to incorporate athletics into a successful and happy life.

Determined Spirit
Life for an Olympic athlete isn’t all trophies and cereal boxes. One injury left Allison with nearly 50 stitches on her face, and another collision put her in a wheelchair. In both cases, she found the strength to compete again and achieve even greater success. In February 2009, Allison broke her leg when another skater collided with her during the Ladies 1,500-meter A final at the International Skating Union World Cup in Bulgaria. Despite this latest setback, she is determined to train even harder. “I always look forward and never lose faith in believing what’s possible.”

Definition of Success
“Success is determined not only by whether or not I accomplish my goal, but by what others think of my character in that effort. It’s also about knowing I tried my absolute best.” 

Education on the Go
Allison chose NYIT because its online courses were the perfect fit to match the hectic pace of her career.

Last Book Read
The Lance Armstrong Performance Program by Lance Armstrong and Chris Carmichael

Downtime? What Downtime?
When she’s not reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour on the ice, Allison enjoys shopping, hiking, movies, yoga, and dancing. However, with her intense training schedule, “I never get to do most of these things!”

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