Katie Class (born March 24, 1963) is an American speed skater.[1] She competed in two events at the 1984 Winter Olympics and three events at the 1988 Winter Olympics.[2][3] She later became a director for USA Speedskating.[4][5]

Katie Class
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1963-03-24) March 24, 1963 (age 59)
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Sport
SportSpeed skating

BiographyEdit

Class was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in 1963,[1] and was the youngest of seven.[6] She began skating when she was five years old.[7] Class went to Morehead State University.[1] She skated on the US national team for most of the 1980s,[1] winning five medals at the World Cup and a bronze at the 1987 World Championships.[6]

Class took part at two editions of the Winter Olympics.[8] At the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Class took part in the women's 500 metres and women's 1,000 metres events,[1] with her best result of tenth place in the 500 metres.[9] Four years later, at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, she took part in the 500 metres, 1,000 metres and the 1,500 metres.[1] Her best finish was eighth in 1,000 metres.[10][11]

Class retired from competitions in 1988, and also graduated from the University of Minnesota.[6] Following her career as a speedskater, Class became the Executive Director of USA Speedskating, spending 16 years in the role.[1] She was inducted into the US Speedskating Hall of Fame in April 2009.[6] The following year, she was also inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Katie Class". Olympedia. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Katie Class Olympic Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "The Case for Winter - by Katie Marquard". Cleveland Magazine. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  4. ^ "Former Olympic Speed Skater, Athletic Director is "Tremendous Resource" for LCCC Student-Athletes" (PDF). Speedskating Museum. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  5. ^ "SPEED-SKATING COACH IS OUT OF JOB AS OLYMPIC DREAMS MELT". Deseret News. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  6. ^ a b c d "Katie Class Marquard". Team USA. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Katie Class Marquard". Cleveland Sportshall. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  8. ^ "About Us". Lakewood Speed Skating Club. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  9. ^ "500 metres, Women (1984)". Olympedia. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  10. ^ "1,000 metres, Women (1988)". Olympedia. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  11. ^ "Olympian reflects experience". The Collegian. Retrieved March 31, 2022.

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