Nesbitt joins 2006 Olympic teammates Hughes, Klassen & Groves
Calgary, AB - This weekend saw Canadian Olympic hero Christine Nesbitt honoured as she was inducted into the Olympic Oval Hall of Champions on Saturday of the 2019 ISU World AllRound Speed Skating Championships.
A hockey convert, Nesbitt began speed skating at the age of 12 and by 1999 at age 13 was already top short track junior skaters in Ontario. That year she skated for her home province in the 1999 Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, NL. She would win a silver medal as part of the 3000m relay team and follow that up with a bronze in the same event in the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbellton, NB.
After setting Ontario Short Track records, Nesbitt made the move to Long Track in 2003. This also involved a move to Calgary from London, ON and to her new home away from home the Olympic Oval. It was only two years later that Nesbitt would qualify for the long track Canadian national team.
Nesbitt became an Olympian in 2006 as a member of one of the strongest classes of Canadian long track skaters to compete in the same Olympics. Olympic Oval Hall of Champions inductees; Cindy Klassen, Clara Hughes and Kristina Groves all returned home from Torino 2006 with multiple medals. Nesbitt captured a silver medal in the team pursuit alongside Klassen, Hughes, Groves and Shannon Rempel. Despite the success, Nesbitt used the experience to focus her goals for the next quadrennial.
During this time Nesbitt would begin to pile up the hardware with 10 bronze, 17 silver, and five gold medals at world cup events. As well as, three gold (Team Pursuit x2 and 1000m) , one silver (Team Pursuit), and two bronze medals (1000m, 1500m) at World Single Distance Championship events between 2006 and 2009. Her Team Pursuit World Record set with Kristina Groves and Brittany Schussler in 2009 would stand for more than eight years.
Nesbitt would then finally reach her goal of an Olympic Gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the 1000m. Following that season she would continue to dominate with gold medals in the 2011 World Single Distance Championships in the 1000-metre and team pursuit events, a 2011 World Sprint Speed Skating Championship, the women's 1500-metre World Cup title and had a silver medal finish in the 2011 World Allround Championships.
In the 2011-12 season she won the 1000m & 1500m World Cup titles as well as the overall World Cup title. One of the highlights of this season was when she set a World Record at the Olympic Oval in the 1000m with a 1:12.68, at the time making her the first woman to skate to a sub-1:13.00 at the distance.
The Hall of Champions is a celebration of Canadian speed skating athletes who have trained at the Olympic Oval in both Long Track and Short Track skating. The honour is bestowed on those who are Olympic medalists and are now retired from the sport.