Cindy Klassen started out as a ice hockey player, but after missing the Canadian squad for the Nagano Olympics, she turned to speed skating. Her international breakthrough in that sport followed in 2001, which was succeeded by an Olympic bronze in 2002. In 2003, she was the best female skater, crowning the year with the allround world title. An injury set her back the following season, but in 2005 she won two distance world titles. This made her a huge favorite for the 2006 Olympics, and she lived up to those expectations. Entering five of the six events, she won a medal in each one - gold in the 1500 m, silver in the team pursuit and the 1000 m, bronze in the 3000 and 5000 m, making her only the fourth speedskater to win five medals in a single Olympics, following Clas Thunberg, Roald Larsen (both 1924), and Eric Heiden (1980). Klassen also led the women’s Adelskalender, the all-around record, from 2001 through the 2018-19 season, the longest time any woman has ever held that record consecutively. After her speedskating career ended, Klassen became a police officer in Calgary, Alberta.
Personal Bests: 500 – 37.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:13.11 (2006); 1500 – 1:51.79 (2006); 3000 – 3:53.34 (2006); 5000 – 6:48.97 (2006).