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Cindy Klassen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 3
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameCynthia Nicole "Cindy"•Klassen
Used nameCindy•Klassen
Born12 August 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CAN)
Measurements173 cm / 71 kg
AffiliationsWSSC, Winnipeg (CAN)
NOC Canada

Biography

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).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Cindy Klassen
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 13
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
2006 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Cindy Klassen
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Canada 2 Silver
2010 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Cindy Klassen
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 21
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 14
5,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 12
Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women (Olympic) Canada DNS

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony CAN Cindy Klassen

Special Notes