Catriona LeMay Doan
Catriona LeMay Doan skated in her first speed skating competition at the age of ten and her first international competition eleven years later where she placed 20th at the World Sprint Championships. By 1995 she would dominate the world as a sprinter and won her first gold Olympic medal at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics.
LeMay Doan was the fastest woman on ice in the prime of her career. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and the first and only Canadian individual to defend her Olympic title when she captured gold in the 500m in 2002 at Salt Lake City, repeating her performance from 1998 in Nagano.
She held the world record in the 500m for ten years and still currently holds the Olympic record. All told, she broke thirteen world records during her illustrious career. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Lou Marsh Award as Canada’s Athlete of the Year and is a three-time winner of the Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award. She has also been inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Sports Hall of Fame and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.
LeMay Doan participated in three Canada Games; two winter and one summer. She made her debut at the 1983 Games in Saguenay/Lac St-Jean, Québec in short track speed skating and won a bronze medal for Team Saskatchewan in the 3,000m Relay. At the 1987 Games in Cape Breton, she won silver in the 400m and bronze in the 800m. She also participated in athletics in the 1993 Summer Games in Kamloops.
Since retiring from speed skating in 2003, LeMay Doan continues her involvement in speed skating, the Olympic Movement and the Canada Games Movement. She currently sits on the Canada Games Council Board of Directors as well as the Canada Games Council’s Sport Committee.
She is actively involved in her community and charity associations including The Saskatoon
Foundation Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is a spokesperson for the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play Athlete Ambassador, and Ontario’s Lakefield Oval Project.
LeMay Doan was part of CBC Sports, co-hosting the primetime show “Countdown to Beijing" and the 2008 Olympic Games.
Catriona LeMay Doan’s has been a great ambassador for the Canada Games Movement and her athletic and professional credentials have certainly earned her a spot in the Canada Games Hall of Honour.