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Cindy Klassen

Full name: Cynthia Nicole "Cindy" Klassen
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 157 lbs (71 kg)
Born: August 12, 1979 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Affiliations: WSSC, Winnipeg (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Cindy Klassen started out as a ice hockey player, but after missing the Canadian squad for the Nagano Olympics, she turned to speed skating. Her international breakthrough in that sport followed in 2001, which was succeeded by an Olympic bronze in 2002. In 2003, she was the best female skater, crowning the year with the allround world title. An injury set her back the following season, but in 2005 she won two distance world titles. This made her a huge favorite for the 2006 Olympics, and she lived up to those expectations. Entering five of the six events, she won a medal in each one - gold in the 1500 m, silver in the team pursuit and the 1000 m, bronze in the 3000 and 5000 m, making her only the fourth speedskater to win five medals in a single Olympics, following Clas Thunberg, Roald Larsen (both 1924), and Eric Heiden (1980).

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.51 (2006); 1000 – 1:13.11 (2006); 1500 – 1:51.79 (2006); 3000 – 3:53.34 (2006); 5000 – 6:48.97 (2006).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 13
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Canada CAN 4
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Canada CAN 4
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Canada CAN 1 Gold
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps) Canada CAN 2 Silver
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Canada CAN 21
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Canada CAN 14
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Canada CAN 12

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 13 1:15.08 18.34 45.95
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 2 1:16.09 18.25 46.09

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4 1:55.59 25.65 54.17 1:24.09
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 1 1:55.27 25.42 53.83 1:23.50
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 21 2:00.67 26.40 55.27 1:26.28

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 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3 3:58.97 19.57 49.73 1:20.75 1:52.17 2:23.21 2:54.45 3:26.21
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3 4:04.37 19.19 49.21 1:20.33 1:51.87 2:23.58 2:55.65 3:28.83
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 14 4:15.53 20.33 51.42 1:23.30 1:55.46 2:28.04 3:01.83 3:37.59

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 22 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 4 6:55.89 19.99 51.35 1:23.79 1:56.48 2:29.18 3:01.47 3:33.89 4:06.69 4:39.80 5:13.12 5:47.07 6:21.28
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 3 7:00.57 19.70 51.17 1:24.29 1:57.52 2:30.02 3:02.64 3:35.40 4:08.53 4:41.74 5:15.25 5:49.25 6:24.14
2010 Winter 30 Vancouver Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 12 7:22.09 20.80 53.37 1:27.35 2:01.59 2:35.18 3:08.79 3:42.86 4:17.52 4:52.68 5:28.39 6:05.04 6:42.78

Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Final Round Final A 2
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Semi-Finals Heat 1 1
2006 Winter 26 Torino Speed Skating Canada CAN Quarter-Finals Heat 1 1
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