Goldberg wins N. American crown again

Gilman eighth-grader eyes 3rd straight national title

Speed Skating

March 31, 2000|By Lem Satterfield

Pikesville resident Zack Goldberg, an eighth-grader at Gilman, won his second North American speed skating title last weekend in Regina, Saskatchewan.

The 5-foot-6, 120-pound Goldberg, 14, emerged victorious against 25 13- and 14-year-old competitors from the United States and Canada.

Goldberg, who was featured in the February 1999 edition of Sports Illustrated for Kids for winning the 1998 North American crown, will go after his third national title in Philadelphia this weekend.

Goldberg trains in his craft five days weekly, rising for 6 a.m. workouts at either the Northwest ice rink in Mount Washington or the Gardens Ice House in Laurel.

Goldberg also is a starting forward in soccer and a starting midfielder in lacrosse -- both on the Greyhounds' eighth-grade squads.

But his passion is speed skating, a sport he began participating in five years ago.

"Speed skating in Canada is like lacrosse in Baltimore," said Goldberg's father, Harry.

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