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Adam Callister

United States

SportShort Track
NOCUnited States
Born16 Dec 1992 in Salt Lake City, UT 
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.282 03 Nov 2018 Calgary  
    1000m 1:23.572 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:12.317 13 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:59.658 18 Jan 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"When I was a kid I used to rollerblade a lot, but then after [the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City] my mum's friend suggested I try out speed skating. My mum dragged me against my will to come do this and I hated it. After the first day I was so glad to be done. I thought it was just a one-time thing. What I didn't know was my mum had the whole month paid for."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up short track in 2003 in Utah, United States of America.  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning bronze in the 3000m relay at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (Athlete, 03 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHis mother. (Athlete, 03 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS basketball player John Stockton. (Athlete, 03 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"[Competing in short track] is an experience that really pushes you and helps you find out your weaknesses and your strengths. It really gets the blood going when you go into one race then the next weekend you're racing again." (, 19 Oct 2021)  
In 2019 he decided to take a break from short track. Speed skating coach Mitch Whitmore then asked if Callister would become his assistant, and Callister went on to coach Colombian speed skater Diego Amaya at the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. "I just wasn't enjoying the sport [short track]. [Speed skating] is a very similar sport, but even though there are similarities in the two sports there are subtleties I had to learn. Luckily Mitch was able to help me with that. I was under the assumption that Mitch was going to go [to Lausanne], but I ended up going. Mitch was Diego's primary coach. I was along for the ride. I just had one skater whereas another coach could have so many more than that. I look at coaches now like, how do you handle a whole team of people who are freaking out? I'm eager to compete internationally again. It's been two years [speaking in October 2021]." (, 19 Oct 2021)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2011/2012 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2010/2011 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay8  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay5  
    2018/2019 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay11  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m17  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m18  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m19  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m25  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m26  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m26  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m27  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m27  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m28  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m28  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m31  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m32  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m38  
    2014/2015 Dresden 500m46  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m51  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m65  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m65  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m68  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m69  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m79  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m90  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m127