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Colin Coates

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameColin Victor•Coates
Used nameColin•Coates
Born4 April 1946 in Richmond, New South Wales (AUS)
Measurements182 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsGlobe Melbourne
NOC Australia

Biography

As of 2008, Colin Coates is one of the 14 athletes to have compete in 6 Winter Olympics. He was the first speed skater to accomplish this feat, competing in 6 consecutive Games between 1968 and 1988. Coates had retired after the 1984 Olympics to become a coach, but confronted with the fast indoor oval at Calgary, he decided to compete in the 10,000 m event and try to beat his personal best. Because Australia was only allotted one spot, he replaced his pupil, Danny Kah, who instead coached his 41-year-old coach in this race. A long distance specialist, Coates’s best Olympic performance came in 1976, when he finished 6th in the 10k. Outside of the Games, he reached the final distance of the World Championships on eight occasions in the 1970s. His best result came in 1973, when he placed 11th after a 4th place in the 10,000.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.14 (1976); 1000 – 1:19.47 (1976); 1500 – 2:00.79 (1979); 5000 – 7:12.95 (1984); 10000 – 14:41.88 (1988).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =41
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =49
1972 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 36
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 24
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 23
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 18
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 25
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 29
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 19
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 18
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 37
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 25
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 22
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Coates
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 26

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1976 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony AUS Colin Coates
1984 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony AUS Colin Coates