One of Canada's Greatest Olympians and Six-Time Medal Winner
A Maclean's cover story proclaimed the soft-spoken Cindy Klassen, "Our Greatest Olympian." Klassen's first athletic love was hockey. She was a talented young player and was selected for the Canadian National Youth Hockey Team in 1996. When she was not chosen to represent Canada on the 1998 Olympic Women's Hockey team, she decided to embark on a new journey, speed skating. She proved to be a natural talent and has not looked back since.
Though her Olympic milestones will be hard for her—or anyone—to top, Klassen's speed skating career has included many previous highlights: in 2004, she won a silver and bronze medal at the World Single Championships after missing over 75 % of the season due to injury. In 2003, Klassen became the first Canadian in 27 years to win the overall title at the World Speed Skating Championships.