In any endeavour, crossing the finish line first—and repeatedly—takes incredible determination, dedication and talent. Catriona Le May Doan knows all about it. Articulate, engaging and fluently bilingual, she connects with audiences by discussing how to achieve personal excellence and motivating people to realize their full potential.
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.
Although she has retired from the world of competitive speed skating, she is still a central figure in the sport. She served as the primary colour commentator alongside Rod Black for the television broadcasts of long track speed skating at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
As of 2016, she has joined Sport Calgary as their Senior Director of Community Engagement and Marketing, where she advocates for more than 400 community sport organizations and 400,000 athletes, and spearheads amateur sport initiatives in the city of Calgary.
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.