December 14, 2005

Information about Catriona Le May Doan

Personal facts

About her

  • Speed skater
  • Born December 23, 1970
  • Saskatoon, Canada
  • 1.69 m (5 feet 7 inches)
  • 63 kg (140 pounds)

Family

  • Parents: Shona and Iain Le May
  • Siblings: two sisters

Accomplishments

Olympic Games

  • Participated in four Olympics Games: Albertville, France (1992), Lillehammer, Norway (1994), Nagano, Japan (1998) and Salt Lake City, United States (2002).
  • 500 m gold medal: 2 times; 1998 and 2002.
  • 1,000 m bronze medal: 1998.
  • Canadian flag bearer into the opening ceremonies: 2002.
  • Canadian flag bearer into the closing ceremonies: 1998.
  • Back-to-back gold medal in the 500 m: 1998 and 2002.

Outstanding facts

  • First in the 500 m world cup standings: 5 times; 1997 to 1999, 2001 and 2002.
  • First in the 1,000 m world cup standings: 1998.
  • World sprint champion: 5 times; 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002.
  • World single distance champion: 3 times; 1998, 1999 and 2001.

Awards

  • Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame: 2005.
  • Canadian female athlete of the year: 3 times; 1998, 2001 and 2002.
  • Canada’s athlete of the year (Lou Marsh award): 2002.
  • Order of Canada (highest honour for lifetime achievement): 2005.

Speed skating facts

Speciality

  • Sprint

Records

  • 500 m world record in Calgary, Canada (2001): 37.22 s.
  • Broke the 500 m world record 8 times.
  • 500 m Olympic record in Salt Lake City, United States (2002): 37.30 s.
  • 1,000 m Canadian record in Salt Lake City, United States (2002): 1 min. 14 s. 50.

Other fact

  • 15 years on the national team.