Winners: Catriona Le May Doan, Speed Skating

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Catriona Le May Doan proudly with her Olympic Bronze medal

Catriona Le May Doan shows the Bronze medal she won in the 1000m race at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.
Date: February 19, 1998
Collection: CP photo/Paul Chiasson

1998 - Feature Story

Despite having competed in two previous Olympic Winter Games, 1998 was the year speed skater Catriona Le May Doan finally rose to national prominence, capturing the Gold medal in the 500m sprint, plus a Bronze medal in the 1,000m, at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano.  In addition, she won the 500m in the World Sprint Championship at Berlin, and was World Cup champion in both the 500m and 1,000m, setting her first World Record in the 500m in the 1997-1998 season. “I knew I could be better and this Olympic Gold medal drove me,’’ she said.

2001 - Feature Story

It was another great year for Catriona Le May Doan in 2001, winning both the World Championship and World Cup in the 500m and lowering her own World Record in the 500m on three separate occasions. But for a seven-week period at the height of the season, she was better than great, producing the 14 fastest times ever recorded in her spot to that point. By season’s end, her world record in the 500m was 37.22 seconds, a mark that stood for 6 years.

2002 - Feature Story

When Canadian flag-bearer Catriona LeMay Doan took to the ice at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in the 500m, she did not know that no Canadian individual athlete had ever defended an Olympic Gold medal. But she broke new ground for her country by again capturing a Gold medal, in Olympic-record time. That fitting finale to her fourth Olympic Winter Games was the icing on another phenomenal season, one that included a 20-race winning streak and 500m titles at both the World Sprint Championships and World Cup.

Career Highlights

  • 2005 Appointed and invested as an Officer in the Order of Canada
  • 2002 Gold medal, 500m at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City
  • 2002 Lou Marsh Memorial Award 
  • 1998 Gold medal, 500m; Bronze medal, 1,000m at the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano
  • 1998, 2001, 2002 Bobbie Rosenfeld Award (Canada’s female athlete of the year)
Catriona Le May Doan lifts World Cup Trophy

Catriona Le May Doan celebrates her 500m World Cup victory.
Date: March 4, 2001
Collection: CP photo/COC/Adrian Wyld

Catriona Le May Doan’s Olympic Gold medal performance

Catriona Le May Doan on her way to winning the 500m race in Olympic record time at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
Date: February 13, 2002
Collection: CP photo/Frank Gunn

Catriona Le May Doan skating at the Olympic Oval

Catriona Le May Doan competing in the Olympic Oval on the campus of the University of Calgary.
Date: November 2001- January 2002

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