Sheila Young

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
Full nameSheila Grace•Young (-Ochowicz)
Used nameSheila•Young
Born14 October 1950 in Birmingham, Michigan (USA)
Measurements163 cm / 59 kg
AffiliationsWolverine Skating Club
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3


A top track cyclist and speed skater at the same time, in 1973 Sheila Young performed the astounding feat of winning World Championships in both sports in the same year. She won the sprint worlds on the ice, the first of three titles (1973, 1975-76), while her sprint title on the velodrome was also the first of three, the others coming in 1976 and 1981.

In 1976, Sheila Young won three Olympic speedskating medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal in the 500 m. She later married cyclist and future directeur sportif Jim Ochowicz. Their daughter Elli later also became a speed skater. Her sister-in-law, Connie Paraskevin-Young, was also a World Champion in the sprint, as well as a top international speed skater.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Sheila Young
500 metres, Women (Olympic) 4
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 17
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Sheila Young
500 metres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1976 Winter Olympics 6 February 1976 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Women Final Standings 42.76 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1976 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony USA Sheila Young

Olympic family relations

Special Notes