| Date of Birth:
August 12, 1979
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
A gifted natural athlete, Cindy Klassen, amazingly, didn't originally like speed skating. Growing up in Winnipeg, she was an accomplished hockey player who generally suited up with the boys. She also liked the rough and tumble sport of lacrosse, earning a berth on the Pan-Am team in 1994. Five years later, she would be back at the Pan-Am Games, this time as part of the in-line skating team.
However it wasn't until she began her storied speed skating career that Klassen truly found her raison d'etre. Once she started, she was hooked. By the time 2003 rolled along, she was on top of the world, becoming the first Canadian in 27 years to claim the overall title at the All Round Speed Skating Championships. One year later, the historic victory would be a distant memory as Klassen found herself forced to the sidelines after badly tearing the tendons in her right forearm in a brutal skating fall.
The accident would eventually cost her almost the entire 2003-04 season, but the tough Winnipeg product vowed to come back stronger than ever in 2004-05. And did she ever; with three World Cup gold medals, one in the 1500 m and two in the 3000 m, she is clearly one of the athletes to beat.
At the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Klassen picked up a bronze in the 3000 m. Here's betting she's be looking for some additions to her Olympic collection in Turin 2006.
February 26: Klassen Canada's flag bearer
February 26: Clara, Cindy sing from the heart
February 26: 'Peggers share spotlight after 5,000
February 26: 'Magic leaf' spurs skaters
February 26: Olympic victory thrills 'Peggers
February 26: Speed skating medal haul amazes
February 26: A legacy that lasts
February 26: Drama great to see
February 26: Great skates icing on cake
February 25: Hughes wins gold
February 24: Golden era begins
February 24: Medal haul weighing Cindy down
February 24: It's only the beginning
February 24: Tribute for Cindy?
February 24: Crawford a golden interview, too
February 23: Our Cindy's golden
February 23: Cindy sets medal mark
February 23: Close Klassen family shares in glory
February 23: Klassen's 'the best'
February 23: Gold girl always a fighter
February 23: Klassen boosts interest in skating
February 23: An instant legend
February 22: First Klassen
February 22: Klassen 'nervous'
February 21: Everybody loves skater Cindy
February 20: Winter Olympic queen
February 20: Klassen's level head a medal-maker
February 19: Klassen skates into second
February 18: High expectations for Klassen
February 17: Strategy for success
February 17: Winnipeggers share medal, spirit
February 14: Medal win still huge for Klassen
February 13: Klassen will take it
February 13: Proud mom and dad
February 13: Pride 'n' joy
February 13: Winnipeg watchers voice their support
February 13: Speed kills Klassen dream
February 12: Bronzing her skates
February 11: Friesinger, Klassen showdown
February 9: SUN Prediction: Gold in 1,500, Pursuit; silver in 3000; bronze in 1000
February 9: Spoon full of medicine
February 9: Turning up the heat
January 26: Klassen unflappable
December 5: Nothing worries Klassen
November 22: Klassen is red hot
November 13: Klassen blazes to another world record
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