Catriona Le May Doan
Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event. Catriona became the first Canadian individual and only Canadian female to defend a gold medal at any Olympic Games. She held the World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Record. During her career Catriona broke 13 World Records. In addition to being a world champion athlete, Catriona is a talented motivational speaker. She is an articulate, engaging and bilingual presenter, exploring with her audiences the method of achieving personal excellence while challenging and motivating people to achieve their full potential. Catriona 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. Catriona was part of CBC sports co-hosting the primetime show “Countdown to Beijing" and the Olympic Games. She was a part of the 2010 Olympic broadcast team and will co-host Olympic morning for the 2012 Olympic Games. Catriona was the Lead, Athlete Mentor for Team Canada for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. She is on the board for Special Olympics Canada and the Calgary 2023 Bid Corporation. Catriona won a Gemini for Best sport analyst for the 2010 Games. Catriona has received three Honorary Degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina and gave the convocation speech to their graduating classes. Catriona was 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. Catriona lives in Calgary with her two children Greta and Easton.