Kevin Overland

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKevin Clifford James•Overland (-Crockett)
Used nameKevin•Overland
Born8 June 1974 in Kitchener, Ontario (CAN)
Measurements184 cm / 88 kg
AffiliationsCambridge Speed Skating Club, Cambridge (CAN)
NOC Canada
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1


The eldest of three Olympic siblings from a sport-focused family (he is the brother of Cindy and Amanda Overland, while his father Ernie was also a skater) speed skater Kevin Overland was a favorite for a medal in the 1,500m event at the 1998 Winter Olympics, but ended up with a bronze in the 500m instead. During his career, he had specialized in the 1,500m, even holding the world record in the event for a month in 1997. Furthermore, prior to the games, he had claimed that his best shot at a medal would be in the 1000m, an event in which he had also held the world record prior to the Games. He had trained for the 1994 Winter Olympics, but a car accident left him unable to attend the trials for the Canadian National Team. Several months before the Olympics, he suffered a serious groin injury during the trials and had to recover immediately after securing his spot.

Overland was inducted as a member of the Cambridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, after his retirement. His coach, Jack Walters, had previously coached Gaétan Boucher to four Olympic medals, including gold twice. Having changed his name to Crockett in honour of his grandfather, Kevin Crockett is now a speed skating coach himself who has trained, among others, Chinese speed skater Wang Beixing.

Personal Bests: 500 – 35.43 (2000); 1000 – 1:09.56 (2000); 1500 – 1:49.07 (1998); 5000 – 7:20.19 (1993); 10000 – 15:20.58 (1993).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1998 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Kevin Overland
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) =9
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 20

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1998 Winter Olympics 9 February 1998 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Race #1 35.78 2

Olympic family relations

Special Notes