Canada's Opening Ceremony Flag-Bearer at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games
Chosen for the Canadian Women's National Team at the age of 15, she has since led the squad to six gold medals and three silver medals at the Women's World Hockey Championships. As an Olympian, she earned a silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan and has won a gold medal in four consecutive Olympics, including one at home at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and one at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. At the Sochi Games, she was elected to represent Canada as a member of the International Olympic Committee’s athletes commission. Her book about her experience in Vancouver, Gold Medal Diary: Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event, profiles what it was like to live through the pressure. If all the hardware wasn't enough, she was also named the tournament MVP in her victorious Olympic runs in 2002 and 2006, as well as in numerous Esso Women's Hockey Championships.
But it's not just her lethal slap shot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers. Wickenheiser's passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to children such as KidSport, Right To Play, Dreams Take Flight, Clean Air Champions and Spread The Net. Wickenheiser has led numerous projects with the goal of raising the profile of women's hockey around the world. As a leader on and off the ice, she works to provide mentoring opportunities for young athletes, including founding the Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival in Burnaby, BC. She was recently appointed to the Order of Canada "for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of women's hockey."
The Olympic Experience
What is it like to compete in both a summer and winter Olympics? What does a successful team need and how did Team Canada succeed on the World Stage? Wickenheiser shares her inspiring Olympic journey with audiences.
Dealing With Criticism and Pressure—How to Perform When it Matters Most
In this talk, Wickenheiser provides inspiration and tips for how to perfom under pressure. She shares advice for how to stay motivated and achieve success by going above and beyond—at home, at work, and on the ice.
Being a Female In a Male-Dominated World
Wickenheiser explains what it was like to grow up playing with the boys and later playing men's professional hockey overseas.
Balance of Family/Kids With Competitive Sport
Wickenheiser explains why family support matters and prioritizing matters even more! She shares tips for juggling career and family, and her own story of being an Olympian and a mother.
Thanks again for helping us out last night. You rocked it. Feedback has been amazing as people in attendance were completely impressed by your stories and also commented about being inspired and motivated from hearing you speak. I even caught glimpses of a few tears in the room at certain points of your talk. We also received high praise for your approachability and people liked the picture op with you and the medals. Once again, thank you!
Gold Medal Diary: Inside the World's Greatest Sports Event
In Gold Medal Diary, Hayley Wickenheiser, three-time Olympic gold medal winner and captain of the Canadian Women's Olympic Hockey Team, reveals her day-to-day experiences of the 2010 Games, including the six-month lead-up of intensive training and pre-Olympic tournaments. She shares the life of an Olympian―the behind-the-scenes stories, the highs and lows, physical and emotional challenges, struggles and triumphs of an elite athlete in a hyper-intense environment, including details of the public ceremonies and private moments, friendships and rivalries, community and isolation, media presence and security. For the first time ever, readers travel inside the storied Athletes' Village and understand what it's like to live through the highest-pressure, most high-profile sporting event in the world.