Cathrine Grage

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Cathrine Grage at 3.000 m start during World Cup 2008 in Berlin
Cathrine Grage is also one of the best Danish cyclists and became a double national champion in 2012

Cathrine Grage (born 13 October 1976) is a Danish Olympic speedskater, inline skater and cyclist. Grage and fellow skater Oliver Sundberg are the first Danish speedskaters to reach international competition levels since Kurt Stille ended his career in 1964.

Grage's results from 2006 to 2011 were good enough to pass the qualification limits of the International Skating Union for participation in the European Championships. She also competed regularly in ISU's World Cup from 2005 til 2011. Her best result at European Championships was 13th on the 3000 m. In 2006, she became the first female All Round Danish Champion.

Grage holds the Danish records at all distances, and has set a national record of 51 national records over the individual distances since she started competing in 2005: 10 on the 500-m; 8 on the 1,000-m; 10 on the 1,500-m; 14 on the 3,000-m; 5 on the 5,000-m; and finally 3 in the 10,000-m. In addition she has set a total of 8 further national records in the samalogue events (sprint combination, mini combination, small combination, and big combination). (As of jan 2012, Grage set a total of 61 national records, which is also a record in itself: The Danish record in number of Danish records held by a person).

As of December 2007, her Danish records were 43.19 on the 500-m, 1:23.07 on the 1,000-m, 2:03.21 on the 1,500-m, 4:13.85 on the 3,000-m, 7:20.45 on the 5,000-m, and 15:14.90 on the 10,000-m. All of these were already stronger than Kurt Stille's results, which up to March 2005 were Danish records for men.

The pre-Olympic 2008-2009 season was not a very successful one for Grage, e.g. regarding World Cup results. But in Calgary, March 2009, she again managed to set new national records, in fact six such over three days (by itself another national record): 42.99 on the 500-m; 2:01.88 on the 1,500-m; 1:22.52 on the 1,000-m; 4:11.86 on the 3,000-m; resulting also in the small combination pointsum record 166.853; and finally 15:11.84 in the 10,000-m.

Grage qualified for the World Championships Single Distances in 2008 in Nagano, where she placed 14th on the 5,000 m and 20th on the 3,000 m - and in 2011 in Inzell where she placed 16th in the 5,000 m and 19th in the 3,000 m.

Grage participated in her first Olympic Games, after only 4 years of participating in Long track speed skating. She competed in the 3000m Ladies event, as well as the 5000m. Grage placed 14th, in the 5000m, with a time of 7:23:83. A difference of +32.92 seconds off the gold. In the 3000m, Cathrine places 27th with a time 4:20.93 and a difference of only +18.40 off the gold.

Grages best results in World Cup was the 7th fastest time over all on the 5,000 m.

Grage stopped speed skating in 2011 and started competing in cycling. In December 2011, she won a silver medal on the 3 km in a time of 3.49 at the Danish Championships in track cycling.

National speedskating records set by Grage[edit]

Event Date Result Venue
500-m 26 February 2005 53.60 Copenhagen
19 March 2005 51.79 Groningen
6 November 2005 48.82 Gothenburg
17 December 2005 47.10 Inzell
18 December 2005 46.48 Inzell
29 December 2005 45.56 Hamar
10 January 2006 44.7 Hamar
14 January 2006 43.91 Hamar
10 March 2007 43.19 Calgary
18 March 2009 42.99 Calgary
1000-m 5 November 2005 1:36.66 Gothenburg
27 November 2005 1:35.54 Karlstad
18 December 2005 1:32.18 Inzell
29 December 2005 1:30.3 Hamar
11 January 2006 1:25.9 Hamar
16 March 2007 1:23.82 Calgary
17 March 2007 1:23.03 Calgary
19 March 2009 1:22.52 Calgary
1500-m 26 February 2005 2:42.25 Copenhagen
6 November 2005 2:21.3 Gothenburg
4 December 2005 2:10.73 Heerenveen
29 October 2006 2:10.70 Erfurt
13 January 2007 2:06.89 Collalbo
4 February 2007 2:06.69 Turin
14 March 2007 2:05.97 Calgary
10 November 2007 2:04.31 Salt Lake City
17 November 2007 2:03.21 Calgary
18 March 2009 2:01.88 Calgary
3000-m 26 February 2005 5:22.09 Copenhagen(massstart)
5 November 2005 4:50.1 Gothenburg
27 November 2005 4:46.84 Karlstad
10 December 2005 4:32.56 Turin
29 December 2005 4:32.45 Hamar
14 January 2006 4:26.38 Hamar
12 November 2006 4:23.67 Heerenveen
18 November 2006 4:22.19 Berlin
3 February 2007 4:21.33 Turin
13 March 2007 4:18.51 Calgary
3 November 2007 4:16.50 Salt Lake City
11 November 2007 4:14.65 Salt Lake City
16 November 2007 4:13.85 Calgary
19 March 2009 4:11.86 Calgary
5000-m 3 December 2005 7:38.79 Heerenveen
22 October 2006 7:38.51 Erfurt
18 February 2007 7:28.99 Erfurt
14 March 2007 7:28.06 Calgary
1 December 2007 7:20.45 Kolomna
10,000-m 4 March 2006 16:24.29 Groningen
21 March 2006 15:48.86 Heerenveen
15 March 2007 15:14.90 Calgary
20 March 2009 15:11.84 Calgary

Grage also owns various national samalogue (allround point combination) records; these are apparently not all ratified by the Danish skating association, however. With reasonable definitions, these samalogue records are as follows (as of November 2007):

Overall sprint combination:

170.245 (43.49, 1:23.82, 43.31, 1:23.07), Calgary, 15–16 March 2007.

Overall mini combination:

192.600 (1:36.66, 4:50.1, 48.82, 2:21.3), Gothenburg, 4–5 November 2005.

181.284 (2:15.50, 45.56, 1:30.3, 4:32.45), Hamar, 27–28 December 2005.

166.853 (42.99, 2:01.88, 1:22,25, 4:11.86), Calgary, 18–19 March 2009.

Overall small combination:

182.553 (2:15.50, 7:44.19, 45.56, 4:32.45), Hamar, 27–28 December 2005.

178.920 (44.61, 4:28.46, 2:10.70, 7:40.01), Erfurt, 27–28 October 2006.

173.171 (43.29, 4:18.51, 2:05.97, 7:28.06), Calgary, 12–13 March 2007.

Overall big combination:

175.831 (43.29, 7:28.06, 2:05.97, 15:14.90), Calgary, 12–13 March 2007.

UPDATE:

New national speedskating records set by Grage 19. sept 2010 - 61 in total[edit]

Event Date Result Venue
500-m 19 December 2009 42,27 Calgary
1000-m 19 December 2009 1:21.68 Calgary
1500-m 13 November 2009 1:59.86 Salt Lake
3000-m 12 November 2009 4:07.73 Salt Lake
5000-m 21 November 2009 7:10,24 Hamar
10,000-m 20 March 2009 15:11.84 Calgary

Results from Inline Skating

Cathrine Grage has more than 20 national titles on inline skates and she has won the Master World Championships one time and the Master European Championships 4 times.

Grage skated the World Inline Cup for two seasons. Her best results were 5th in Glarus and 11th in Seoul.

Grage participated in the European Championships in Heerde 2004, where she placed 8th on the 1,000 m and 13th in the points. Grage was on the Danish National team in Inline skating from 2003 to 2006.

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