Kristina GROVES

Canada CAN

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    3 S
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Salt Lake City 2002
  • Year of Birth
    1976
Olympic Results

Biography

Kristina GROVES

In Salt Lake City in 2002, her first Games were a voyage of discovery for the young skater from Ottawa. Competing in three distances, her best result was eighth place.

A Canadian double

For her second participation in the Olympic Games, in Turin in 2006, her objective this time was to go home with a medal. Entered for five of the six events of the speed skating competition (she did not enter the 500m), it was in the 1,500m that she got the closest to the Olympic title. However, she was beaten by almost 1.5 seconds by her teammate Cindy Klassen. But she could still savour her first Olympic medal!

Second place, but with an Olympic record

With her partners in the Canadian relay team, Kristina would win a second medal. Qualified for the final, Canada was pitted against Germany on the Lingotto speed skating oval. But once again, the top step of the podium was too high. After three minutes of exertion, Groves, Hughes and Nesbitt were beaten by 1.65 seconds, despite having set a new Olympic record in their first contest against the USA. The silver medal was there to comfort them. In the other events, Kristina Groves qualified for the finals every time (5th in the 1,000m, 6th in the 5,000m and 8th in the 3,000m), proving she was wonderfully consistent.

Another two medals

At the age of 33, Kristina Groves competed in her third Olympic Games in her own country, in Vancouver. In 2010, she took part in the same events as in 2006. In the 3,000m, Kristina was cheered on by her public. She had the third best time, but one of the favourites was still in the running. So she thought she had lost the coveted medal. But when the scoreboard showed Germany’s Toms in fourth place, the normally calm Kristina could exult for once. She won the bronze by three-hundredths of a second. In the 1,000m, it was she who was ejected from podium for a paltry six-hundredths of a second. The 1,500m had another nice surprise in store – she was in the last-but-one pair to set off. Despite a remarkable time, she could not oust the Dutch skater from first place, but the medal was within reach. It would have taken a real stroke of bad luck for the two last competitors to overtake her. And this did not happen, so Groves won the silver, her fourth Olympic medal.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#4
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
S
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
B
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#6
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
#5
Team Pursuit (6 laps)
Team Pursuit (6 laps) Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#5
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
S
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#8
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#6
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

#20
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#8
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#10
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating