NorthShore Inline Marathon (NSIM): Where are you from and how old are you?
Corie Stoddard (CS): Tacoma, WA, age 17.
NSIM: When did you start skating? And what got you interested in the sport?
CS: Age 7, I got interested in the sport because I enjoyed the thrill of going fast.
NSIM: How did you get into the sport?
CS: My elementary school first introduced me to the sport of Inline Speed Skating
NSIM: What are your future skating goals?
CS: I would like to accomplish the feat of being a Jr World Champion, and then represent the United States in the Olympics.
NSIM: Why do you want to compete at the NorthShore Inline Marathon? What do you look forward to about the race?
CS: I enjoy the scenery and being able to compete in front of the locals who come out and support. I’m looking forward to skating a competitive race, I’ve heard the atmosphere at the NorthShore Inline Marathon is one of a kind and I look forward to experiencing that first hand.
NSIM: What is your favorite part of race day?
CS: The thrill I get when I finally cross the finish line.
NSIM: How have you been training for the race?
CS: I’ve actually been focusing on future goals of making the Olympics and training with the Short Track National team. I get on my Inlines when I can, but the National team gives me a pretty busy training schedule already.
NSIM: What advice do you have for other skaters?
CS: I’d like to encourage younger skaters to give it their all every day at practice and not to give up. Although taking one drill off doesn’t seem like a lot, it really adds up over the course of a season.
NSIM: Anything else that you would like to add?
CS: I love skating, and I hope to see the sport grow to new heights for the up and coming skaters.