Catriona Le May Doan
Canada's Athlete of the year in 2002, Catriona Le May Doan is the speed skater whose world record-setting wins captivated and inspired millions of Canadians. The fastest woman on ice and the Canadian flag bearer at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies, she won the gold medal in the 500m event at those very games, defending her 1998 Olympic 500m gold and became the first Canadian and only female Canadian to defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games. She has broken the world record for the event eight times, and at the 2002 games, set the Olympic record time of 37.30 seconds. She is also a five-time World Champion.
Le May Doan is not only a world champion but a talented motivational speaker as well. Articulate, engaging and fluently bilingual, she connects with audiences by discussing how to achieve personal excellence and motivating people to realize their full potential. Her achievements have landed her in the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Committee Sports Hall of Fame, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Whenever she speaks, she conveys in a clear and compelling way why she is—and always will be—a champion.