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Cathy Priestner

Full name: Catherine Ann "Cathy" Priestner (-Faminow, -Allinger)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4.5 (165 cm)
Weight: 117 lbs (53 kg)
Born: May 27, 1956 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Dawn Allinger.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Cathy Priestner began her career as a speed skater at the age of 11, after moving from Ontario to Winnipeg and making new friends at the speed skating club, and in less than a year had already won her first national championship. She made Winter Olympic appearances in 1972 and 1976, claiming silver in the 500m event at her second Games and becoming the first female Canadian speed skating medalist. She carried Canada's flag at that Game's closing ceremonies and took the torch into the stadium at the opening of the 1988 Winter Olympics. The year of her Olympic success, she was invited to the Calgary Booster Club's "Athlete of the Year" dinner but, not wanting to be the only woman at the event, she turned down the offer until she was prematurely told that she had already won the award. After her retirement she worked as an Olympic commentator for CBC and CTV before taking roles in organizing the 1988, 2002 (as Managing Director of Sport), 2006 (as Managing Director of Games Operations) and 2010 Winter Olympics (as Executive Vice President of Sport, Paralympic Games and Venue Management). These roles have made her the first woman in any country to head the sports function at an Olympic Game. For several years after the 1988 Olympics Games she managed the oval used in that year's speed skating venue and in 2004 authored the "Own the Podium 2010" report. In 2007, the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity named her to their annual list of the Most Influential Women in Sport and Physical Activity. She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.19 (1976); 1000 – 1:26.49 (1976); 1500 – 2:19.81 (1975); 3000 – 5:08.75 (1975).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 15 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 14
1972 Winter 15 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 29
1976 Winter 19 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver OR
1976 Winter 19 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Canada CAN 6

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1972 Winter 15 Sapporo Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 14 45.79 11.5
1976 Winter 19 Innsbruck Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 2 OR 43.12 11.04

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1972 Winter 15 Sapporo Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 29 1:37.11 20.9 56.8
1976 Winter 19 Innsbruck Speed Skating Canada Final Standings 6 1:29.66 19.79 53.10
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