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Sheila Young

Full name: Sheila Grace Young (-Ochowicz)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: October 14, 1950 in Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: Wolverine Skating Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife of Jim Ochowicz; Sister of Roger Young; Sister-in-law of Connie Paraskevin-Young; Mother of Elli Ochowicz.

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

Biography

A top track cyclist and speed skater at the same time, in 1973 Sheila Young performed the astounding feat of winning World Championships in both sports in the same year. She won the sprint worlds on the ice, the first of three titles (1973, 1975-76), while her sprint title on the velodrome was also the first of three, the others coming in 1976 and 1981. In 1976, Sheila Young won three Olympic speedskating medals at the 1976 Winter Olympics, including a gold medal in the 500 m. She later married cyclist and future directeur sportif Jim Ochowicz. Their daughter Elli later also became a speed skater. Her sister-in-law, Connie Paraskevin-Young, was also a World Champion in the sprint, as well as a top international speed skater.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 4
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 17
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 44.53 11.09
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 1 OR 42.76 10.82

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1972 Winter 21 Sapporo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 17 1:34.97 20.1 55.5
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 1:29.14 19.54 52.46

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1976 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2 2:17.06 28.28 1:04.06 1:39.84
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