CALGARY, AB – Three-time Olympic Medalist, multiple time World Champion and Olympic Oval Liaison Catriona Le May Doan announced this morning, her intent to return to competition as early as the 2015-16 season. Le May Doan, a resident of Calgary, AB last competed at the international level in 2003. She is one of the most recognizable Canadian Olympic athletes of all time and her history-making back to back 500m Gold medals in the 1998 and 2002 Olympics made her the only Canadian female individual to successfully defend a gold medal at any Olympic games.
“This is a very exciting day for the sport of Speed Skating in Canada” said Olympic Oval Director Yves Hamelin “To have a legend of the sport such as Catriona step back on the ice is not an everyday occurrence. Like so many Olympic skaters – right here at the Oval is where so much of her legacy in the sport began. It’s fitting that this is where she is choosing to re-ignite her skating career.”
Le May Doan’s list of accomplishments continue from there as she held the World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the 500m Olympic Record. During her career she broke 13 World Records in total and was the World Sprint Champion in 1998 and 2002; as well as the 500m Ladies World Champion in 1998, 1999, and 2001. In 2005, Le May Doan was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
Le May Doan is currently in Toronto for the 100 days until the 2015 Pan Am Games. Her first opportunity to hit the ice will be June 15th when the ice returns to the Olympic Oval. International teams and high performance athletes looking for summer training can book now to skate on Fastest Ice in the World™, be sure to visit http://oval.ucalgary.ca. Please forward all media requests to Olympic Oval Communications and Community Relations Specialist Jean Phillippe Le Penguin for more information.