DEARBORN - Jonathan Kuck is not your average 23 year old. He is a scholar studying Engineering Physics who doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke and isn’t all that interested in the college party scene. What he is into however is speed, particularly the kind associated with sharpened blades hitting a clean sheet of ice.
Kuck, the nephew of D&R Engineer Randall McCure, is a professional long track speed skater who has participated in two Olympic games, Sochi this year and Vancouver in 2010 where he earned a silver medal.
“My best skating moments have been placing second in the team pursuit at the 2010 Olympics, placing 2nd at world all-around championships in 2010, and placing 3rd in the 5k and 10k at world single distance championships in 2012,” said Kuck. As for his greatest challenges, Kuck said dealing with sports related injuries can really slow your progress and momentum.
Kuck is not planning to participate in any future Olympic Games; rather he will spend the next few years focusing on his education. Kuck wraps up his study of Engineering Physics this year and will then jump right into obtaining a degree in Computer Science as well.
“Jonathan is a regular guy, but fairly exceptional at the same time,” said McCure. “He is soft spoken, slightly reserved, and doesn’t seek the limelight. But he is quite articulate and handles the toughest press interviews gracefully. At 23 he has traveled the world and competed at the highest level for many years. We are very proud of him.”