|Olympic medal record|
|Women's short track speed skating|
|Competitor for the United States|
|Gold||1992 Albertville||500 m|
|Gold||1994 Lillehammer||500 m|
|Silver||1992 Albertville||3000 m relay|
|Bronze||1994 Lillehammer||3000 m relay|
Turner was the American short-track champion in 1979, but failed to make the U.S. team for the 1980 Winter Olympics. She left skating to pursue a career as a singer. She sang in bands, shows and then began writing her own songs. She became a studio singer and song writer just before returning to her sport. " After 9 years away from her sports, she resumed training. She qualified for the Albertville Olympics, where she won the 500-meter short track race and was a member of the silver medal-winning 3000-meter relay team.
Turner retired from competitive skating after the 1992 Games to star with the Ice Capades, but then returned yet again for the 1994 Games. She won another gold in the 500 meters in a controversial race in which silver medalist Zhang Yanmei accused Turner of grabbing her leg as Turner passed her. After the race, Canadian Nathalie Lambert, the three-time all-around world champion and 1992 Albertville Olympic gold medalist, called Turner a "dirty" skater in the interview. Turner was disqualified from the 1000-meter race for intentionally cutting in front of South Korean skater Kim So-Hee in a heat; she took a bronze in the 3000-meter team relay. Turner competed once more in the 3000-meter relay at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.
Turner now lives in Parma, New York and works as a Software Engineer at Paetec Communications, a motivational speaker, and a product spokesperson. She has also been a skating commentator for ESPN. Turner holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Northern Michigan University, and is a contributor to the book Awaken The Olympian Within, among others.
- Leigh Montville, "Fire on Ice", Sports Illustrated, March 7, 1994.
- US Olympic Committee profile
- Jim Kelley, "Turner out to clear her name", Sports Illustrated, Feb. 17, 1998
- Regina Marcazzo, "Cathy Turner Speaks Out for Mental Health", Networking magazine, Sept. 2000
- Cathy Turner self-profile, US Olympic Committee site
- Britannica Online article