The Trainer

Shannon Valerio

Shannon began her competitive skating career at the age of 7 in roller speed skating.  As the sport evolved, she switched to inline and ice speed skating, competing at the National level. Later, she discovered ice hockey, founding and playing for the University of Denver Women's Club Hockey team and beginning a 15-year hockey career. She discoverd that her years of technique and speed training gave her a leg up on most of her opponents, even those that had grown up playing. As a defenseman, she attained the highest plus/minus rating every season.

During her hockey career, she returned to competitive speed skating as a Master's skater on a professional team and competed throughout North America and in Europe. She successfully competed in all disciplines, including short-track, banked track, road and marathon skating.  In two years she was fortunate to achieve 14 national titles and 2 national records.  As a Master's age skater, she turned in some of the top sprint times in the country against Elite World Class women.  

Today, she helps coach developmental clinics at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado as well as individual skaters. She has also found her coaching methods to be in demand by individual hockey players and figure skaters that want to increase their speed, strength and power. She assists with local clinics and hockey programs and is an assessor for the USA Figure Skating STARS annual combine. She is also the strength coach for Asphalt Beach pro inline speed skating team.

Shannon Valerio

As a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the leading organization for Exercise Science, she earned her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS,) the certification held by most professional (NHL, MLB, NFL, etc) and NCAA strength and conditioning coaches, as well as many athletic trainers and physical therapists.


Shannon's Clients

  • National speed skating champions
  • NCAA collegiate athletes
  • Professional hockey players (NHL, AHL, CHL)
  • Stanley Cup champion
  • Professional in-line speed skaters
  • Elite Master's athletes
  • USA World roller derby team members
"For me, Shannon's philosophy was the single biggest attraction to this program. If you're willing to do the work, the results are right around the corner and Shannon is there to explain the reasoning behind the demands. Her dedication to the idea that anyone can achieve an elite status within their discipline is inspiring and strips away all excuses."

— Adam C., Denver, CO