Clara HUGHES

Canada CAN

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 S
    4 B
  • Games participations
    6
  • First Olympic Games
    Salt Lake City 2002
  • Year of Birth
    1972
Olympic Results

Biography

Clara HUGHES

Clara’s Olympic dream was born on a winter’s day in 1988. For the first time, she saw, on television, speed skaters doing battle on the speed skating oval in Calgary during the Games held in her country.

First medal in cycling

However, it was on a bike that she experienced the Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta. This first participation was a master stroke, as she won two bronze medals. The first was in the individual road race and the second in the time trial. Her next Olympic experience was less satisfactory, with an anonymous 43rd place in the road race and a sixth place in the time trial. This was how the Canadian champion’s summer Olympic career ended.

The fourth person since 1896

The following year, Clara Hughes went back to competition, but this time in speed skating, her first love. Her exceptional qualities and the work accomplished allowed her to qualify for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. By winning the bronze in the 5,000m, she went down in history. Before Hughes, only three athletes since 1896 had managed to win medals in both Winter and Summer Games (Eddie Eagan in 1920 and 1932, Jacob Tullin in 1924 and 1936, and Christa Luding in 1984 and 1992).

A unique feat

Clara could have been satisfied with this feat, but she decided to continue her prodigious sports career. She did the right thing, as at the Turin Games, she reached the highest step of the podium. Gold medallist in the iconic distance, 5,000m, she was now the only Olympian to have several medals in both the Summer and Winter Games. Her collection was completed by a silver medal shared with her Canadian relay partners in the pursuit.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

#32
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
#5
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling
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Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#5
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
B
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
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Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#9
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
S
Team Pursuit (6 laps)
Team Pursuit (6 laps) Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

#10
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
B
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sydney 2000

#43
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
#6
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

B
Road Race, Individual
Road Race, Individual Cycling
B
Individual Time Trial
Individual Time Trial Cycling