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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(s) 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 Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Women Olympic 13 CAN Cindy Klassen
  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) 1,000 metres, Women Olympic 2 Silver CAN Cindy Klassen
  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) 1,500 metres, Women Olympic 21 CAN Cindy Klassen
  3,000 metres, Women Olympic 14
  5,000 metres, Women Olympic 12
  Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Olympic Canada DNS

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2006 Winter Olympics 15 February 2006 Speed Skating (Skating) Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women Quarter-Finals, Heat 1 3:01.24 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony

Special Notes