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Abby Hoffman

Full name: Abigail Golda "Abby" Hoffman
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: February 11, 1947 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Affiliations: Toronto Olympic Club, Toronto (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Abby Hoffman was a Canadian athlete who overcame gender discrimination to play hockey (ice) as a young girl, before turning to track. She eventually competed in four Olympic Games (1964-76), running the 800 metres at each and the 400 in 1964. Hoffman was Canadian Champion in the 400 in 1963-64, and the 800 in 1962-66, 1968-69, and 1974. She was a five-time medalist at the Pan American Games, winning gold medals in the 800 in 1963 and 1971, silver in the 800 in 1975, and bronzes in the 800 in 1967 and the 1,500 in 1975. She was gold medalist in the 880 yd at the 1966 British Empire Commonwealth Games, and won two medals at the Summer Universiade, both in the 800 metres, with a silver in 1967, and bronze in 1965.

Hoffman later became a well-known promoter of women in sports in Canada. From 1981-91 she was the first woman to serve as Director General of Sport Canada. In 1981 she was the first woman elected to the Executive Committee of the Canadian Olympic Association. With Maureen McTear, Hoffman sponsored the first Canadian women’s championships in ice hockey, and the Abby Hoffman Cup, presented to the champion, is named in her honor. She later became a senior advisor to Health Canada, and served as executive coordinator for their pharmaceutical strategies.

Hoffman was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1982. In 2004 she was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2007, into the Jewish Canadian Athletes Hall of Fame. In 2015, she was given an honorary Doctorate of Laws, from her alma mater, the University of Toronto.

Personal Bests: 400 – 54.1 (1963); 800 – 2:00.17 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Women's 400 metres Canada CAN 7 h2 r1/3
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Women's 800 metres Canada CAN 8 h1 r1/3
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's 800 metres Canada CAN 7
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Women's 800 metres Canada CAN 8
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Women's 800 metres Canada CAN 5 h1 r1/3

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Canada Round One Heat Two 7 55.9 55,98

Women's 800 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A) L
1964 Summer 17 Tokyo Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 8 2:17.4
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Final 7 2:06.8 2:06.99
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QU 2:07.0 2:07.03
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Canada Round One Heat Four 2 QU 2:08.9 2:08.94
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Canada Final 8 2:00.17 7
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Canada Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QU 2:01.37 4
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Canada Round One Heat Three 2 QU 2:01.57 5
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Canada Round One Heat One 5 2:05.32 3
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