Some known and a few little known facts
David Santee was born on July 22nd, 1957 in Oak Park, Illinois. In 1964, his family moved to Park Ridge, Illinois and he has been a resident for the most part since then. He began skating at the age of 5 when his parents took advantage of a skating special at the nearby Michael Kirby Skating School. He played hockey as a Mite until he saw a picture of his hero, Bobby Hull, and upon noticing that he had no teeth, retired to a sport where teeth remain intact.
At the age of 8 1/2, he decided that he would give competitive skating a try. By the time he turned 14, he was already the National Junior Champion and had moved into the Senior ranks. When he retired at the age of 24 in 1982, he had medaled 10 times at the National Championships, competed 7 times at the World Championships, was a two-time Olympian, and the 1981 World Silver Medalist.
After a 3 year stint with the John Curry Skating Company, David retired back to his hometown of Park Ridge and took the position of Competitive Skating Coordinator at the Oakton Ice Arena. Happy to be back where he spent so much of his youth, David is currently the Director of Skating for the Park Ridge Park District. He oversees all skating activities at the Oakton Ice Arena. He also serves on the Board of the Ice Skating Institute as the Instructors Representative and is ISI's Rep on the U.S. Figure Skating Board of Dierectors.He has been the recepient of ISI's Great Skate Award and is the 2010 Chicago Magazine's Best Skating Coach in Chicago Award winner.
Sports- Hockey and Golf
Sports to watch- Hockey and football
Athletic event to attend in person- Blackhawks game!
Favorite team- Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears, Army Black Knights
Favorite current athletes- Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks, Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks, Andrew Ladd, Atlanta Thrashers, Lance Briggs, Chicago Bears, Mike Santee, Army Black Knights Hockey.
Favorite all-time athletes- Michael Jordan, Bobby Hull, Walter Payton, Greg Maddux.
Favorite town to visit- Lake Placid because of the great memories, and Gettysburg,PA because I am a Civil War buff.
Favorite food- Steak and Pizza.
Favorite hobbies- movies and Civil War
Favorite TV shows- Chuck, Two and a Half Men, The Amazing Race, Modern Family.
Favorite movies- James Bond, anything with Will Ferrell or Vince Vaughn in it.
Favorite actor/actress- Jennifer Garner
Favorite band- Fleetwood Mac
Favorite jump- Double Axel
Favorite spin- Death Drop
Favorite program- Rocky 1977
Favorite rink to compete at- The old Broadmoor World Arena
Favorite competition- Olympics, of course!!
Most respected competitor- Scott Hamilton
Favorite College Skating Team- Sacred Heart
Favorite Technical Panel assignment- World Synchro Championships, Colorado Springs. 16 Swedish girls on the ice at one time is never bad!
Favorite rules at the rink- 1. Be on time 2. Don't lie 3. Respect the sport and those who participate.
Not so Much
Least favorite exercise- Push ups
Least favorite food- "The Big Four", Broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, squash.
Least favorite team- Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Least favorite all-time player- Brett Favre, Chris Pronger, Isiah Thomas
Least favorite skaters- Those who break the Golden rules of the rink.
Least favorite city to compete in- Cleveland, " nothing good ever happened to me there."