Christine Diane "Chris" Witty (born June 23, 1975 in West Allis, Wisconsin) is an American speed skater and racing cyclist and participated in the Olympic Games in both sports.
She won medals at both 1000 and 1500 meters in the
1998 Winter Olympics. In 2002 she won the Olympic gold medal at the 1000 meters in Salt Lake City, setting a world record in the process.
In 1996 she became
World Champion Sprint, in 1997 and 1998 she became second and in 2000 she became third.
In 1998 she won the gold medal at the
World Single Distance Championships at the 1000 m, in 1996 the silver and in 2000 the bronze medal at the same distance.
In 2000 she placed fifth overall in the 500 m cycling time trials at the
2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, becoming only the ninth American ever to compete in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games.
In 2006, she was elected by her teammates to carry the United States flag at the
2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
Personal life [ edit ]
Witty has reported that she had experienced
childhood abuse from a trusted neighbor since she was 4 till the age of 11 years old, and she kept the secret for years. [1 ] [2 ] Witty currently lives with her partner, former Dutch long track speed skater Frouke Oonk. [3 ] [4 ]
Records [ edit ]
Source: SpeedskatingResults.com [5 ]
1:15.43 November 23, 1997
1:14.96 March 28, 1998
1:14.58 March 3, 2001
1:13.83 February 17, 2002
Salt Lake City
Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com [6 ]
Achievements [ edit ]
1996 World Sprint Championships: gold
1996 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: silver
1997 World Sprint Championships: bronze
1998 World Sprint Championships: bronze
1998 Olympic Winter Games, 1000 m: silver
1998 Olympic Winter Games, 1500 m: bronze
1998 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: gold
2000 World Sprint Championships: bronze
2000 World Single Distance Championships, 1000 m: bronze
2002 Olympic Winter Games, 1000 m: gold
She competed in track cycling in the
2000 Summer Olympics, where she placed 5th in the 500m time trial.
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