Cindy Klassen
Canadianspeed skater; Olympian
Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen, OM is a Canadian long track speed skater. Klassen is a six-time medalist at the Winter Olympics. She is tied with Clara Hughes for Canada's all-time most decorated Olympian with 6 medals each. Both Klassen and Hughes are from Winnipeg. Klassen is the only Canadian Olympian to win 5 medals in a single Olympic games and the first female speed skater to win 5 medals in a single games at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. She is the current world record holder over three distances, the 1,000 m, the 1,500 m, and the 3,000 m. She also holds the Canadian Record over the 5,000 m. Klassen is the leader of the Adelskalender, which is the all-time world ranking for speed skating. In 2003, Klassen became the first Canadian in 27 years to win the overall title at the World Speed Skating Championships. Klassen has several major awards and accolades having won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 2006, which is awarded for Canada's best athlete of the year. Due to her tremendous accomplishments at the 2006 Winter Olympics and her many accomplishments throughout her career, Klassen was named to the Order of Manitoba. Klassen was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Award in 2006 for outstanding speed skating performance of the year. In 2007 she was given the award for Female Athlete of the Year at the Canadian Sports Awards. Klassen won the 2005 and 2006 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as female athlete of the year as presented from the Canadian Press. She was also tipped as Speed Skating Canada’s 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Female Skater of the Year for long track speed skating. The Canadian Mint featured Klassen on a Canadian quarter in 2010 as part of their Olympic memories editions and as a recognition of her six Olympic medals.
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Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt And Brittany Schussler Of Canada For First Place Celebrate On The Podium For The Bongarts/Getty Images
Yahoo News - almost 5 years
BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 11: <a class="fplink fp-50406" href="/Cindy+Klassen+1">Cindy Klassen</a>, Christine Nesbitt and Brittany Schussler of Canada for first place celebrate on the podium for the Women's Mass Start race Essent ISU Speed Skating World Cup at Sportforum Berlin on March 11, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Minister Shea Highlights New Tax Credit for Parents - Marketwire (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
Our Government believes whether a child is inspired by Justin Bieber, Neil Young or Cindy Klassen, parents should receive a tax credit to help pay for the programs that will help their children live out those dreams,&quot; said Minister Shea
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Impact Magazine asks readers to vote on cover personalities - MastheadOnline
Google News - over 5 years
... Kurt Browning (four-time world figure skating champion); Theoren Fleury (Stanley Cup Champion and 2002 Olympic gold medallist); Clara Hughes (Olympic medallist in speed skating and cycling); Cindy Klassen (Five speed skating medals at the 2006
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Koreański medalista z Turynu chce startować w barwach Rosji - Sport.pl
Google News - over 5 years
Na 500 m był trzeci i wśród multimedalistów ustąpił jedynie kanadyjskiej panczenistce Cindy Klassen (pięć krążków). Pięciokrotny mistrz świata z Rosją wiąże nie tylko najbliższą, olimpijską przyszłość, ale i tę dalszą - zamierza pracować w nowej
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Family & community - Edmonton Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Join six-time Olympic medallist Cindy Klassen in a bike-a-thon, ethnic food, silent and live auctions, walka-thon, kids Wall-E, car show, beef supper, pancake breakfast, live entertainment and door prizes. Fun for all to raise funds for relief,
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Pedal the province for a potential cure - Lethbridge Herald
Google News - over 5 years
The pair rode 480 kilometres in five days in Kenya with 17 others including Olympian speed skater Cindy Klassen, who will join the brothers for a final ride in Sherwood Park. MCC&#39;s Kenyan partner on the tour, the Lari Memorial Peace Program,
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Changing the world one splash at a time - Morden Times
Google News - over 5 years
Cindy Klassen, mother to three of the group&#39;s members, and host to their meetings, said the group is called the World Changers, and developed from a smaller group. &quot;We had group of six girls last year and the year before,&quot; she said
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Eerste Nacht van de Theologie - NOS.nl
Google News - over 5 years
Cindy Klassen vol geloof Video Het schaatsseizoen 2009/2010 gaat beginnen: Cindy Klassen over haar geloof. » School met geloof of zonder Video Wil jij naar een godsdienstige school of liever naar een openbare? Niet iedereen kan die keuze
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Faith briefs - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
... Corpus Christi sung in Latin in the setting Missa de Angelis on June 23 at 8 pm at Holy Cross Church, 252 Dubuc St. -- Eckankar presents Understanding the Spiritual Laws of Life on June 23 at 7-8:30 pm, Cindy Klassen Rec Complex, 999 Sargent Ave
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A street by any other name - Winnipeg Sun
Google News - over 5 years
(MARCEL CRETAIN/Winnipeg Sun) Mayor Sam Katz presents a Cindy Klassen Way street sign the speedskating star at MTS Centre on March 28, 2006. (JON SCHLEDEWITZ/Winnipeg Sun) A city committee considered a request back in 2010 to &quot;point&quot; a few roads in a
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Olympic faith - Timmins Daily Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Canadian Olympic hero Cindy Klassen and her sister Lisa take a minute to sign their autographs for Carr Hogan 8, of Mississauga and Timmins&#39; Owen Robertson 8. By Daniel Perry, The Daily Press The Dante Club was jam packed Friday night as Cindy Klassen,
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It's the full Monty every minute, 24/7 - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
It ranks up there with Cindy Klassen&#39;s work in Turin, with Gaeten Boucher at Sarajevo in 1984, with Greg Joy in Montreal in &#39;76, Donovan Bailey in &#39;96... the stuff of legends that will still be talked about decades from now
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Queen of speed still proving her mettle - Montreal Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
That was all guts, that ride.” Fast forward 15 years. Hughes shares the Canadian Olympic record of six Olympic medals with fellow speedskater Cindy Klassen. Only a fool would bet against Hughes winning a seventh in London
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May Long Weekend closures and hours - CTV.ca
Google News - almost 6 years
All pools are closed on Monday, May 23, except Pan Am Pool, open 10:00 am till 2:00 pm and Cindy Klassen Recreation Complex, open 2:00 pm till 6:00 pm Regular hours of operation are in effect for all pools on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22
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Clara Hughes cements legacy as one of Canada's greatest athletes - Vancouver Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
Not to mention the chance, completely irrelevant to her, naturally, of breaking a tie with speedskating pal Cindy Klassen for most Games medals claimed by a Canadian, currently at six. In case you&#39;re wondering, no, she doesn&#39;t sit up nights envisioning
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Serving up some 'McHappiness' - Toronto Sun
Google News - almost 6 years
Canadian Olympic speed skating legend Cindy Klassen serves up some take out at an Edmonton McDonald&#39;s during McHappy Day, May 4, 2010. (PERRY MAH/QMI AGENCY) Well reservations are not required at the 18th edition of
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Nesbitt: 'My focus, that's my strength' - London Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
Every top skater has their super power — Cindy Klassen, for instance, dominated because she was as strong as a bull ox and decades ago, Bonnie Blair was so technically sound, she still won during an era where many of her opponents were doping
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Weekend visit to zoo something to do - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - almost 6 years
The Pan Am Pool and Cindy Klassen Recreation Centre are the only civic pools open Friday. All civic pools will be open Saturday and Sunday but will close early. Only the Cindy Klassen pool will be open Monday. -- The YM-YWCA facilities are open: 7 am-8
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cindy Klassen
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 35
    As of 2015, she is the current holder of the world record in the 3000 m and is also the leader of the Adelskalender, the all-time world ranking.
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    She retired in June 2015 after the tail end of her career was hampered by injuries.
    More Details Hide Details Klassen issued a retirement interview stating "It's been an incredible honour to represent Canada in speed skating for 15 years. Speed skating has been a blessing in my life. It has provided me with unbelievable experiences and has taught me many life lessons."
  • 2011
    Age 31
    Despite the pain and fatigue from injuries, a further competitive gear was found for Klassen as part of the women's team pursuit. She became a part of the team that first won gold at the 2011 World Championships and then came back at the 2012 Worlds to win a silver as repeat medalists.
    More Details Hide Details That same season she had also helped to pull the women to the top of the World Cup title, winning three of four races that year together with Brittany Schussler and Christine Nesbitt.
  • 2010
    Age 30
    She failed to medal in 2010, placing 21st in the 1500 m, 14th in the 3000 m, and 12th in the 5000 m.
    More Details Hide Details Klassen was also named as an alternate in the team pursuit. While Klassen stated that she was unsure of whether she would continue speed skating after the games, she believed that her knees would hold out and that the 2014 Sochi Olympics were a possibility. Klassen qualified for the 2010–11 World Cup in October 2010. Of qualifying, her ongoing injury struggles, and surgery recover Klassen said that "I'm just going to go out and do the best that I can and see what happens. My knees still hurt. Some days are better than others. There's always aches and pains in skating... for me I feel like I'm more of a work skater than technical skater. I've been able to do harder training this year than I have in the past, which is a good thing because that's kind of my strong point so I'll see where that takes me. It's been fun but it's been really hard, too." At the first meet of the World Cup season Klassen got her first individual podium result for the first time since the 2007–08 season. Klassen finished second in the 3000 m and followed that placing up with a fourth-place finish in the 1500 m the next day.
    On January 5, 2010, the Royal Canadian Mint announced that they were minting 22 million Canadian quarters with an image of Klassen in a speed skating pose on it. 3 million of the quarters were minted with a red maple leaf on it.
    More Details Hide Details The mint issued the quarters as an honour to Klassen's six medals in the Olympics, and as part of their Olympic Moments quarter-coins series. Coming back from double knee-surgery and two years off of skating, Klassen's main goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver was simply to compete. Klassen saying that "My goal is just to qualify. To get there would be great."
  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Sometime later in 2009, her doctor discussed her knees saying that "These things don't go away, they're not cured.
    More Details Hide Details It's not like a broken bone that once it's healed it's back to good strength and can take stress. It's not like that. It's never going to be perfectly normal. It's not possible to get that." He later added that the only way her knees would stop degenerating would be for Klassen to stop speed skating.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    The surgeries would keep her from competing in the 2008–09 World Cup.
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    Later that year in July 2008 Klassen had surgery to repair damage done to her knees over her career and in high school basketball.
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    She returned to competition in 2008 but decided to cut the skating season short in February 2008 after her sister was in a near-fatal accident.
    More Details Hide Details She also said that she will only focus on the World Single Distance Championships. Defending her all-around title and high World Cup classifications are not her main goal for the season.
  • 2006
    Age 26
    Following her fifth and final medal of the Games on February 26, 2006, Klassen said of her success that "Going into the Games, I thought maybe the 1500 and 3000 would be my strong point and maybe I could get a medal in those.
    More Details Hide Details To come out with five, it's been better than expected and really a dream come true." Klassen became the first Canadian to win five medals in one Olympic Games. With this achievement, she tied American Eric Heiden's record of five medals won at an Olympics (1980) by a speed skater. At the same time, she overtook the previous Canadian record of most medals (three) in 1984, held by Gaétan Boucher. Klassen also became the first female speed skater to win five medals in a single Olympics, surpassing Lidiya Skoblikova's four medals in the 1964 Olympics. Combined with her bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics, she became the first Canadian to win six career Olympic medals, surpassing the five medal mark set previously by Marc Gagnon and Phil Edwards and matched in the same race by winner Clara Hughes at the same 2006 Winter Olympic games.
    Going into the 2006 Winter Olympics, Klassen was considered one of the favourites following her allround title in 2003 and two world distance titles in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Klassen started out in Turin by winning a silver in the 1000 m, narrowly missing out on gold. Following this silver Klassen became Olympic champion in the 1500 m. She followed this thrilling gold with a silver in the women's team pursuit, and bronze in the 3000 m and 5000 m.
    In 2006, she announced she would not carry the Canadian flag at the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, although she had not yet been asked.
    More Details Hide Details The flag was instead carried by women's ice hockey veteran Danielle Goyette.
    Klassen was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Award in 2006 for outstanding speed skating performance of the year.
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  • 2003
    Age 23
    Klassen missed the entire 2003–04 season due to a serious injury: she fell during training, colliding with another skater, hitting his skate, and as a result cutting twelve tendons in her right arm.
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    She was also tipped as Speed Skating Canada's 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Female Skater of the Year for long track speed skating.
    More Details Hide Details The Canadian Mint featured Klassen on a Canadian quarter in 2010 as part of their Olympic memories editions and as a recognition of her six Olympic medals.
    In 2003, Klassen became the first Canadian in 27 years to win the overall title at the World Speed Skating Championships.
    More Details Hide Details Klassen has several major awards and accolades to her name having won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 2006, which is awarded for Canada's best athlete of the year. Due to her tremendous accomplishments at the 2006 Winter Olympics and her many accomplishments throughout her career, Klassen was named to the Order of Manitoba.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1998
    Age 18
    Klassen started her sports career as an ice hockey player at Gateway Community Club in Winnipeg; in her youth she played for the Canadian national youth team. When she was not selected for the 1998 Winter Olympics, she switched to speed skating and soon she proved to be a natural talent.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on August 12, 1979.
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