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Kirstin Holum

Full name: Kirstin Holum
Other name(s): Sister Catherine
Gender: Female
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: June 29, 1980 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Daughter of Dianne Holum; Daughter of Mike Devecka.

Biography

Kirstin Holum was to the speed skating manor born, as the daughter of Dianne Holum, a three-time Olympic speed skating medalist for the United States. Dianne Holum later became a coach, notably coaching Eric Heiden, but she also trained her daughter so well that in 1997, when only 16-years-old, Kirstin Holum won the World Junior All-Around title, which would be the highlight of her speed skating career. Primarily a distance skater, Holum skated the 3,000 and 5,000 at Nagano, placing sixth and seventh, respectively.

Holum then attended college in Chicago where she studied art and wrote a thesis on art and the Olympics, but after college she sought a higher calling. She had first been inspired to a religious vocation when she visited the Fatima Shrine in Portugal at age 16. After college she joined the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, a religious order whose mission is to work with the poor and homeless. Starting as a nun in New York, she later settled in Leeds, England, at St. Joseph’s Convent, where she is now known only as Sister Catherine.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.85 (1998); 1000 – 1:21.84 (1997); 1500 – 2:01.87 (1998); 3000 – 4:12.24 (1998); 5000 – 7:14.20 (1998).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres United States USA 6
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres United States USA 7

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 4:12.24 20.79 52.62 1:24.75 1:57.21 2:30.24 3:03.69 3:37.73

Women'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
1998 Winter 17 Nagano Speed Skating United States Final Standings 7 7:14.20 21.02 54.17 1:27.75 2:01.30 2:34.77 3:08.60 3:42.79 4:17.45 4:52.23 5:27.42 6:02.76 6:38.30
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