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Clara Hughes

Full name: Clara Hughes
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: September 27, 1972 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: Manitoba / Saturn Racing Team / Sherbrooke Speed Skating Club, Sherbrooke, QC
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Cycling, Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

One of few athletes to medal in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, Clara Hughes has won acclaim as both a speed skater and a cyclist. Although her athletic career began with the former, her success came first in the latter, winning her first of eight Pan-American Games medals in cycling in 1991, as well as a silver medal in the time trial event in the 1995 World Cycling Championships and two bronze medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics. A gold medal in the sport came at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester in the time trial, along with a bronze in the 24 km points race. She competed in the women’s Tour de France four times.

Hughes has seen even more success in speed skating, beginning with a bronze medal in the 5000 m at the 2002 Winter Olympics. In World Championships from 2003 through 2009, she obtained a total of six medals: 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, she won silver in the team pursuit event and gold in the 5000 m, which inspired her to donate $10,000 to the charitable organization Right to Play. She holds the Canadian record for the 10,000 m event with 14:19.73, which was, for a year, also the world record. In 2007 she was made an officer of the Order of Canada and in 2010 she was Canada’s flagbearer in the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics. During these Games, she captured another Olympic bronze medal in the 5000m.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.19 (2007); 1000 – 1:18.74 (2007); 1500 – 1:57.46 (2006); 3000 – 3:59.06 (2006); 5000 – 6:53.04 (2008).

Results

Women's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T/M
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Cycling Canada Final Standings 3 at 0:31
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Cycling Canada Final Standings 43 at 10:18
2012 Summer 39 London Cycling Canada Final Standings 32 same time

Women's Individual Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Cycling Canada Final Standings 3 at 0:33
2000 Summer 27 Sydney Cycling Canada Final Standings 6 43:12.528
2012 Summer 39 London Cycling Canada Final Standings 5 38:28.96 14:05.27 3 27:43.75 5

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
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 10 4:06.57 21.22 52.90 1:24.16 1:55.84 2:28.15 3:00.72 3:33.75
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 9 4:09.17 21.05 53.46 1:25.92 1:58.40 2:31.26 3:03.98 3:36.64
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 5 4:06.01 21.08 52.21 1:23.52 1:55.60 2:28.13 3:00.48 3:33.26

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
2002 Winter 29 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3 6:53.53 21.13 52.77 1:24.57 1:56.80 2:29.13 3:01.91 3:34.70 4:07.41 4:40.28 5:13.37 5:46.97 6:20.43
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 1 6:59.07 21.02 53.73 1:26.80 1:59.55 2:32.53 3:05.82 3:39.28 4:12.42 4:45.64 5:18.96 5:52.64 6:26.00
2010 Winter 37 Vancouver Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3 6:55.73 21.18 52.72 1:24.59 1:57.14 2:29.99 3:02.69 3:35.56 4:08.54 4:41.57 5:14.82 5:48.28 6:21.95

Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round Final A 2
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat 1 1
2006 Winter 33 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Qualifying Round 3