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Colin Coates

Full name: Colin Victor Coates
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 187 lbs (85 kg)
Born: April 4, 1946 in Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Affiliations: Globe Melbourne
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Speed Skating

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 21 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Australia AUS 41T
1968 Winter 21 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 49T
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Australia AUS 36
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 24
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 23
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 18
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Australia AUS 25
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Australia AUS 11
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 8
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 10
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 6
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Australia AUS 29
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 19
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 18
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Australia AUS 37
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Australia AUS 25
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 22
1988 Winter 41 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Australia AUS 26

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1968 Winter 21 Grenoble Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 41T 43.3
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 36 44.74 10.4
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 25 41.77 10.84

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 11 1:21.72 18.58 49.23
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 29 1:21.68 19.10 49.96

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1968 Winter 21 Grenoble Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 49T 2:16.7 28 1:01 1:38
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 24 2:12.14 27.5 1:00.8 1:35.8
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 8 2:03.34 25.93 56.63 1:29.42
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 37 2:08.13 27.24 58.97 1:32.65

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 23 8:09.35 21.1 57.6 1:35.5 2:13.9 2:52.7 3:31.8 4:11.2 4:50.4 5:30.3 6:10.2 6:50.48 7:30.39
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 10 7:41.96 20.41 54.46 1:29.89 2:05.71 2:42.26 3:18.78 3:55.91 4:33.29 5:10.82 5:48.49 6:26.61 7:04.58
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 19 7:27.25 20.36 52.66 1:26.16 2:00.40 2:35.16 3:09.78 3:45.30 4:21.48 4:58.14 5:35.34 6:12.41 6:49.67
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 25 7:38.08 21.14 55.17 1:30.86 2:06.25 2:41.80 3:17.67 3:53.89 4:30.60 5:07.73 5:44.84 6:22.40 7:00.03

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1972 Winter 25 Sapporo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 18 16:29.94 40.4 1:18.5 1:57.3 2:36.4 3:15.8 3:55.8 4:35.8 5:15.8 5:55.9 6:36.5 7:16.5 7:53.6 8:33.2 9:13.8 9:54.4 10:34.9 11:15.29 11:55.22 12:35.21 13:15.21 13:54.98 14:34.08 15:13.18 15:51.9
1976 Winter 29 Innsbruck Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 6 15:16.80 36.98 1:11.57 1:47.54 2:22.80 2:58.48 3:33.98 4:09.84 4:45.63 5:22.01 5:58.74 6:36.18 7:13.57 7:51.01 8:28.35 9:05.47 9:42.56 10:19.73 10:57.05 11:34.23 12:11.12 12:48.39 13:25.60 14:02.91 14:40.22
1980 Winter 33 Lake Placid Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 18 15:28.30 38.02 1:12.69 1:48.15 2:24.26 2:59.75 3:35.71 4:11.53 4:47.71 5:23.85 6:00.30 6:36.83 7:13.42 7:50.07 8:27.43 9:04.56 9:41.97 10:19.39 10:57.72 11:36.84 12:15.80 12:54.42 13:32.81 14:11.20 14:49.93
1984 Winter 37 Sarajevo Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 22 15:21.73 37.70 1:12.15 1:47.22 2:22.77 2:58.20 3:34.03 4:09.83 4:46.10 5:22.35 5:59.20 6:35.93 7:12.70 7:49.46 8:26.51 9:03.64 9:40.95 10:18.60 10:56.34 11:34.13 12:12.23 12:50.26 13:28.27 14:06.41 14:44.46
1988 Winter 41 Calgary Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 26 14:41.88 38.07 1:11.70 1:45.59 2:20.13 2:54.38 3:28.96 4:02.90 4:37.16 5:11.26 5:45.92 6:20.30 6:55.24 7:29.96 8:04.98 8:40.21 9:15.89 9:51.57 10:27.51 11:03.43 11:39.64 12:15.80 12:52.16 13:28.88 14:05.64
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