You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Chris Witty

Chris Witty

Full name: Christine Diane "Chris" Witty
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: June 23, 1975 in West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Affiliations: WASSC, West Allis (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating, Cycling

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

Biography

Chris Witty has competed at the top levels in both cycling and speed skating. Internationally she competed at the World Junior Championships in speed skating from 1991-94, with little success, placing sixth overall in 1994. Primarily a sprinter, she competed at the World Sprint Championships for the first time in 1994, and in 1996 broke thru to win the World title. In 1998 she won the 1,000 metre gold medal at the World Single Distance Championship. Her 2002 Olympic gold medal in the 1,000, however, in world record time, was a shock as she had had to cut back on her training. This was her fourth world record in the 1,000, in addition to two junior world records she had set, one in the 1,000, and one in the sprint. In 2000 Witty qualified for the Olympic team in cycling, where she placed fifth in the 500 metre time trial. She was chosen by her teammates to carry the US flag at the opening ceremony in Torino in 2006. Shortly before those Olympics, Witty revealed that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor for several years, beginning as a young child, keeping the secret for years, and the trauma of revealing this had affected her training prior to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 38.36 (2002); 1000 – 1:13.83 (2002); 1500 – 1:55.71 (2002); 3000 – 4:22.57 (1998); 5000 – 7:38.20 (1998); Allround Samalog – 168.851 (1998); Sprint Combination – 152.905 (1999).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 23
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 10
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Cycling Women's 500 metres Time Trial United States USA 5 OR
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 14
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 1 Gold WR
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 5 OR
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 28
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 27

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating United States Final Standings 10 78.53
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating United States Race 1 6 39.09 10.74
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating United States Race 2 12 39.44 10.99
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating United States Final Standings 14 76.73
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating United States Race 1 17 38.37 10.78
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating United States Race 2 12 38.36 10.84
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating United States Final Standings 28 80.69
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating United States Race 1 28 40.23 11.12
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating United States Race 2 28 40.46 11.25

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1994 Winter 18 Lillehammer Speed Skating United States Final Standings 23 1:22.42 19.20 49.70
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2 1:16.79 18.27 46.40
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating United States Final Standings 1 WR 1:13.83 17.88 44.93
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating United States Final Standings 27 1:18.70 18.63 47.37

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 1:58.97 26.35 55.65 1:26.36
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating United States Final Standings 5 OR 1:55.71 25.53 54.13 1:23.86

Women's 500 metres Time Trial

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2000 Summer 25 Sydney Cycling United States Final Standings 5 OR 35.230