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Catriona Le May Doan

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameCatriona Ann•Le May Doan
Used nameCatriona•Le May Doan
Born23 December 1970 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (CAN)
Measurements170 cm / 70 kg
AffiliationsSLSSC, Saskatoon (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada

Biography

Now a renowned Canadian speed skater, Catriona Le May Doan did not rise to national prominence until 1998, despite having previously competed at two Winter Olympics in 1992 and 1994 and finding success in international championships. A specialist in the 500 m, she broke the world record time on several occasions over the course of her career, sometimes breaking her own record, and was the first woman to complete the event in under 38 seconds, which she achieved in 1997. She was a champion in the event at the 1998 Games and claimed bronze in the 1000 m race as well, the same year that she also began to reach the podium regularly at World Championships and World Sprint Championships. In 1998 alone she took gold in the 500 m and the Sprint, along with silver in the 1000 m. Through 2002, she won an additional three gold, one silver and four bronze medals at these competitions. For over a month in 2001, she held the best 14 times ever skated at the 500 m, a prelude to her second Olympic gold in the event in 2002, where she was flagbearer for Canada at the Opening Ceremonies. At the time of her retirement in 2003, she held the World and Olympic records in the sport (the latter of which she still holds as of 2009).

Le May Doan was named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year on three occasions (1998, 2001 and 2002) and won the Lou Marsh Trophy, given annually to Canada’s top athlete, in 2002. After her retirement, she took up motivational speaking (in both English and French), commentating on speed skating events for CBC and CTV and playing golf, the latter of which seems to be showing nearly as much promise as her previous athletic career. She is a spokesperson for numerous charitable organizations, including the Saskatoon Foundation Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth, the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play, and Ontario’s Lakefield Oval Project, and is a member of the organizing committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics. She is a member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Sports Hall of Fame and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.22 (2002); 1000 – 1:14.50 (2001); 1500 – 1:57.50 (2001); 3000 – 4:26.98 (2003); 5000 – 8:14.52 (1994).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic 14 CAN Catriona Le May
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 31
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic 33 CAN Catriona Le May
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 19
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 17
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold CAN Catriona Le May Doan
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 13
2002 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold CAN Catriona Le May Doan
  1,000 metres, Women Olympic 9

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1998 Winter Olympics 13 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Race 1 38.39 1
1998 Winter Olympics 13 – 14 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women (2 races) Final Standings 76.60 1
1998 Winter Olympics 14 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Race 2 38.21 1
1998 Winter Olympics 19 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Women Final Standings 1:17.37 3
2002 Winter Olympics 13 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Race 1 37.30 1
2002 Winter Olympics 13 – 14 February 2002 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women (2 races) Final Standings 74.75 1

Other participations

Games Role Details
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony
2002 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony

Olympic family relations

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