Chris Witty

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Chris Witty
Personal information
Full name Christine Diane Witty
Born (1975-06-23) June 23, 1975 (age 39)
West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 167 cm (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Track cycling
Speed skating
Updated on September 6, 2014.

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][3] Witty currently lives with her partner, former Dutch long track speed skater Frouke Oonk.[4]

Records[edit]

Personal records
Women's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 38.36 2002-02-14 Salt Lake City, Utah
1000 m 1:13.83 2002-02-17 Salt Lake City, Utah
1500 m 1:55.71 2002-02-20 Salt Lake City, Utah
3000 m 4:22.57 1998-03-14 Heerenveen
5000 m 7:38.20 1998-03-15 Heerenveen

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[5]

Event Time Date Venue
1000 m 1:15.43 November 23, 1997 Canada Calgary
1000 m 1:14.96 March 28, 1998 Canada Calgary
1000 m 1:14.58 March 3, 2001 Canada Calgary
1000 m 1:13.83 February 17, 2002 United States 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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