Cindy Klassen Biography
First name: Cindy
Last Name: Klassen
Full name: Cynthia Nicole “Cindy” Klassen
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: August 12, 1979
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Home Province: Manitoba
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Residence: Calgary, Alberta
Sport: Speed Skating – Long Track
Game:: Vancouver 2010
Game: Turin 2006
Game: Salt Lake City 2002
Cindy Klassen is a Canadian speed skater and Canada’s top best decorated Olympian. At the age of two, Cindy was introduced to hockey by her sweet father. When she was five, she began playing hockey and soccer with local clubs. During high school, Cindy was an avid athlete who tried to squeeze in as many sports as she could. Although she had a wide variety of interests, her main focus was hockey.
Cindy played boys’ hockey during most of her life and reached the double and triple A levels in her home province of Alberta. She thrived on the intense training that she received from the hockey coaches.
Her goal was to play on the women’s hockey team for Canada at the Olympics in 1998. During 1995, Cindy played on Manitoba’s female hockey team and when she reached the age of 16, she switched to Senior Women’s hockey and was chosen to play on the Junior National Team at Lake Placid in the United States in 1996. Things were moving along as she hoped until 1997 when she was not selected for the 1998 Olympic Women’s Hockey Team. With her Olympic dream destroyed Cindy was devastated and depressed.
What was she to do now as she did not have an alternate plan? Her parents encouraged her to take up speed skating since her skating skills were so strong. Her immediate reaction was not a positive one. When Cindy was younger, she and some of her hockey friends had made fun of the long blades and skin-tight outfits of speed skaters. After giving her parents’ suggestion some thought, Cindy decided to give speed skating a try.
Off she went to the Susan Auch Oval thinking speed skating would be a breeze. Much to her surprise, Cindy found it was harder to do than it looked but with the encouragement of the various coaches, Cindy rapidly improved. In a year, Cindy was on the roster for the Manitoba long-track team that was to compete at the Canada Winter Games in 1999, in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland. Unfortunately, the ice melted and the long-track events never took place.
Cindy did compete at various Canada Cup events and earned a spot on the Junior National Team in February of 1999. At this competition, she won the 1000 meter race and took third place in the 500-meter race. In the year 2000, Cindy made the National Team and in 2001, she earned three top 10 finishes at the World Single Distance Championships, including a bronze in the 1500 meter race. In 2002, Cindy collected a bronze medal in the 3000-meter race as well as fourth-place finishes in the 1500 meter and the 5000-meter races.
Cindy was flying high and on her way until one day during training, she experienced a dreadful mishap. While rounding a corner, Cindy crashed into a group of skaters. Her right arm was cut from her wrist to the elbow by a skater’s blade. It sliced through 12 tendons, a nerve, and a major artery. Everyone felt that Cindy’s skating season was over but two months later, she was training again with a splint on her arm. Cindy’s 2004 to 2005 season was very successful. She won the World Cup title in the 1500 meter as well as first place in the 1500 meter and 3000 meters at the World Single Distance Championships.
At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, Cindy won a bronze medal in the 3000 meters, a silver in the 1000 meter as well as a team silver in the Pursuit. She struck gold in the 1500 meter race which was her specialty. In her most dreaded race, the 5000 meters she won a bronze. Cindy Klassen will go down in the Canadian sporting records as the first Canadian Olympian to win five medals in one Olympic Games and the only Canadian with six Olympic medals.
|2002 Salt Lake City||Speed Skating – Long Track||1,000m – Women||13|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Speed Skating – Long Track||1,500m – Women||4|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Speed Skating – Long Track||3,000m – Women||Bronze|
|2002 Salt Lake City||Speed Skating – Long Track||5,000m – Women||4|
|2006 Turin||Speed Skating – Long Track||1,000m – Women||Silver|
|2006 Turin||Speed Skating – Long Track||1,500m – Women||Gold|
|2006 Turin||Speed Skating – Long Track||3,000m – Women||Bronze|
|2006 Turin||Speed Skating – Long Track||5,000m – Women||Bronze|
|2006 Turin||Speed Skating – Long Track||Team Pursuit – Women||Silver|
|2010 Vancouver||Speed Skating – Long Track||1,500m – Women||21|
|2010 Vancouver||Speed Skating – Long Track||3,000m – Women||14|
|2010 Vancouver||Speed Skating – Long Track||5,000m – Women||12|
|Women’s speed skating|
|500 m||37.51||March 18, 2006||Olympic Oval, Calgary|
|1000 m||1:13.11||March 25, 2006||Olympic Oval, Calgary|
|1500 m||1:51.79||November 20, 2005||Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City||Former world record|
|3000 m||3:53.34||March 18, 2006||Olympic Oval, Calgary||Former world record|
|5000 m||6:48.97||March 19, 2006||Olympic Oval, Calgary||Current Canadian record|
|10000 m||15:17.63||March 25, 2002||This, Heerenveen|
|Mini combination||155.576||March 15–17, 2001||Calgary|
|Small combination||159.723||January 25–26, 2003||Salt Lake City|
|1500 m||1:53.87||January 9, 2005||Salt Lake City|
|Small combination||159.605||January 8–9, 2005||Salt Lake City|
|1500 m||1:53.77||October 28, 2005||Calgary|
|3000 m||3:55.75||November 12, 2005||Calgary|
|1500 m||1:51.79||November 20, 2005||Salt Lake City|
|Small combination||157.177||January 21–22, 2006||Calgary|
|3000 m||3:53.34||March 18, 2006||Calgary|
|Small combination||154.580||March 18–19, 2006||Calgary|
|1000 m||1:13.46||March 24, 2006||Calgary|
|1000 m||1:13.11||March 25, 2006||Calgary|
|Sprint combination||149.305||March 24–25, 2006||Calgary|
|Mini combination||155.456||December 28–30, 2006||Calgary|
|Mini combination||154.543||November 11, 2007||Salt Lake City|