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Christine Diane "Chris" Witty (born June 23, 1975) is an American speed skater and racing cyclist and participated in the Olympic Games in both sports.

Chris Witty
Personal information
Full nameChristine Diane Witty
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 44)
West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Country United States
SportTrack cycling
Speed skating
Updated on September 6, 2014.

She won medals at both 1000 and 1500 meters in the 1998 Winter Olympics. In 2002, she won the Olympic gold medal at the 1000 meters in Salt Lake City, setting a world record in the process.

In 1996 she became World Champion Sprint, in 1997 and 1998 she became second and in 2000 she became third.

In 1998 she won the gold medal at the World Single Distance Championships at the 1000 m, in 1996 the silver and in 2000 the bronze medal at the same distance.

In 2000, she placed fifth overall in the 500 m cycling time trials at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, becoming only the ninth American ever to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

In 2006, she was elected by her teammates to carry the United States flag at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Personal lifeEdit

Witty has reported that she had experienced childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor since she was 4 till the age of 11 years, and she kept the secret for years.[1][2][3] Witty currently lives with her partner, former Dutch long track speed skater Frouke Oonk.[4]

RecordsEdit

Personal records
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 38.36 2002-02-14 Salt Lake City, Utah
1000 m 1:13.83 2002-02-17 Salt Lake City, Utah
1500 m 1:55.71 2002-02-20 Salt Lake City, Utah
3000 m 4:22.57 1998-03-14 Heerenveen
5000 m 7:38.20 1998-03-15 Heerenveen

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[5]

Event Time Date Venue
1000 m 1:15.43 November 23, 1997 Calgary
1000 m 1:14.96 March 28, 1998 Calgary
1000 m 1:14.58 March 3, 2001 Calgary
1000 m 1:13.83 February 17, 2002 Salt Lake City

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[6]

Witty holds the 1000m Olympic Record with a time of 1:13.83 which was set at the 2002 Olympic Winter games in the Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City, Utah.

AchievementsEdit

  • 1996 World Sprint Championships: gold
  • 1996 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: silver
  • 1997 World Sprint Championships: bronze
  • 1998 World Sprint Championships: bronze
  • 1998 Olympic Winter Games, 1000 m: silver
  • 1998 Olympic Winter Games, 1500 m: bronze
  • 1998 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: gold
  • 2000 World Sprint Championships: bronze
  • 2000 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: bronze
  • 2002 Olympic Winter Games, 1000 m: gold

She competed in track cycling in the 2000 Summer Olympics, where she placed 5th in the 500m time trial.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/articles/-101693--.html
  2. ^ http://www.seattlepi.com/sports/article/U-S-flag-bearer-Witty-reveals-dark-secret-of-1195498.php
  3. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595097082/Skating-past-pain.html?pg=all
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-02-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Chris Witty". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Chris Witty". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 8 September 2012.

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