Trevor Marsicano is an American long-track speedskater and silver medalist in the Winter Olympics.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Marsicano won a silver medal for his part in the team pursuit. He did not skate in the final but did skate in the quarterfinals with Chad Hedrick and Jonathan Kuck.
Marsicano's breakthrough performance was at the 2009 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships where he won four medals (one gold, one silver, two bronze). Overall, Marsicano has won two golds, one silver, and two bronze at the World Championships. Marsicano has also won the overall bronze at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships.
Trevor Marsicano readies for his planned close-up at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with his head held high and his confidence fully intact, already knowing that he has secured one of life’s purest and greatest victories.
The way the 25-year-old American long track speed skater sees no course can ever compare to the trials he’s already conquered. As a seventh-grader, Marsicano, already on medication for depression, was constantly bullied, and he almost overdosed on his medication and gave up on life altogether.
“It was constant harassment every day,” Marsicano once told the New York Times of his early struggles. “I guess I was an easy victim. I had no confidence. I was scared of people for two or three years. I didn’t talk to anybody but my family, and even then, there was not a lot to say. I was overdosing on depression medication. At the end of eighth grade, I said: ‘I don’t want to go back to school. I don’t want to live anymore.”
But the heart of a champion never quits. And so, the man who earned four medals at the 2009 World Championships, a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and once briefly held the world record in 1000-meter over two-time Olympic champion teammate Shani Davis, came to master the art of perseverance.
“When I skated, I could forget about everything,” Marsicano said. “For one moment, I was in control of everything around me. I started to get my confidence back.”
Gain it back to the point he now counsels youths about overcoming the kind of obstacles he once regularly faced, encouraging them to stand up for themselves and who they are.
“I just tell students to start reaching out to the community,” Marsicano once told reporters. “It’s a little bit of a distraction just to take your focus off yourself. If you start serving other people, you start to feel good, and all the other stuff starts to evaporate.”
Given such fortitude, it’s little wonder Marsicano has overcome a leg injury that once caused him to lose half the blood in his body and prompt others to predict his career might well be over. But now the Sochi Games are here and Trevor Marsicano is again standing as proud as ever.
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