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Susan Auch

Full name: Susan Margaret Auch
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: March 1, 1966 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: WSSC, Winnipeg (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Speed skater Susan Auch began racing at the age of 9 at a long track speed skating oval in Winnipeg that would later be named in her honor, but first found success on the ice in short track speed skating. She took home her first medal at the 1985 World Championships, bronze in the 500 m event, and won medals of all colors later that year at the World University Games. Two gold medals at the 3000 m relay followed at World Championship events in 1986 and 1988 before Auch claimed bronze in the event at the 1988 Winter Olympics, when short track was still a demonstration sport.

After 4 years on the Canadian national short track team, Auch moved on to long track, where she would spend almost a decade and a half on the national team. After a non-medaling appearance at the 1992 Winter Olympics, she claimed silver medals in the 500 m event, her specialty, at the 1994 and 1998 Games. In the same year as her first Olympic medal, she finished third overall in the event at the World Cup and took silver at the World Championships, earning her the title of Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year. Between her two Olympic medals, despite suffering a stress fracture in her femur, she finished second in her event at the World Cup in 1995, claimed silver and bronze at the World Championships and won the Bobbie Rosenfeld Trophy as Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year.

After retirement in 1999, a comeback in 2000 and a non-medaling appearance at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Auch retired for good. She now works primarily as a real estate agent in Calgary, although she also makes appearances as a motivational speaker and sits as a member on Speed Skating Canada's board. She was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.09 (2000); 1000 – 1:16.48 (2000); 1500 – 2:02.04 (2001); 3000 – 4:39.63 (2001); 5000 – 8:21.56 (2000).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 6
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 17
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 8
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 18
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 21
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 27

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 6 40.83 10.76
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 2 39.61 10.52
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 2 76.93
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Race 1 2 38.42 10.36
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Race 2 2 38.51 10.27
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 21 77.60
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Race 1 20 38.84 10.54
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Race 2 19 38.76 10.65

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1992 Winter 25 Albertville Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 17 1:24.27 18.79 49.95
1994 Winter 27 Lillehammer Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 8 1:20.72 18.21 47.60
1998 Winter 31 Nagano Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 18 1:19.82 18.10 47.12
2002 Winter 35 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 27 1:17.89 18.25 46.72