US Speedskating announced that KT TAPE, the category leader in kinesiology tape and sports medicine taping products, will be the official kinesiology tape of US Speedskating and the U.S. National Team. The partnership extends throughout 2019 with KT TAPE providing support through and following the PyeongChang Olympic Games.
“We are excited to have KT TAPE supporting US Speedskating and our athletes on our journey to PyeongChang,” said US Speedskating Executive Director, Ted Morris. “In a sport where thousandths of a second make a difference, KT TAPE will give our athletes pain relief and support without affecting their performance. Having the expertise and resources of KT TAPE behind us is a great partnership for USS and everyone involved.”
The announcement with US Speedskating begins KT TAPE’s shift to the Winter Olympic Games. No stranger to the Olympic movement, KT TAPE has partnerships with seven other U.S. National Governing Bodies (NGBs) and is the official kinesiology tape licensee of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams.
“KT TAPE is proud to support members of US Speedskating over the next several years and specifically as they prepare for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games,” said Greg Venner, Chief Executive Officer of KT Health. “KT TAPE allows for mobility and provides the pain relief and support needed by athletes competing in this sport. We look forward to this partnership, helping athletes everywhere train longer to finish stronger.”
As part of the partnership, KT TAPE will have a presence on both the short track and long track speed skating national teams skin suits during the ISU World Cup circuit, while providing product and support to US Speedskating for national team camps, premier events and regional competitions, along with exclusive membership discounts. KT TAPE plans to support US Speedskating at numerous domestic events throughout the race seasons, including the U.S. Olympic Trials.
US Speedskating has produced 86 Olympic medals to date, more than any other U.S. winter sport, as well as several of the greatest feats in Winter Olympic history. Among them are the five gold medals won by 21-year-old Eric Heiden at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, Cathy Turner capturing the first Olympic medal for short track speed skating in 1992, Bonnie Blair – the most decorated female U.S. Winter Olympian (six medals) – and Apolo Anton Ohno – the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian (eight medals).
KT TAPE joins US Speedskating’s premier partners Deloitte, USANA Health Sciences and Under Armour with representation on the U.S. National Team’s competition wear. In addition, KT TAPE joins other US Speedskating’s corporate partners Froozer® and Utah Sports Commission, alongside suppliers Cascade Speedskates, Polar USA, Dynatronics, Symbol Arts, U.S. MRI, Froedtert Sports Medicine Clinic and University of Utah Healthcare. For more information about KT TAPE products and the company, visit their website at www.kttape.com.
About US Speedskating
From Pond to Podium, we are US Speedskating. We grow and nurture a sport where all ages can experience the thrill of speed and the camaraderie of the skating community. US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speed skating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs. US Speedskating is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speed skating in the United States. The Organization has won 86 Olympic medals to-date, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, on Facebook and at www.usspeedskating.org