Anastasia Bucsis

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Anastasia Bucsis
Anastasia Bucsis.jpg
Bucsis warming up prior to an event in March 2013
Personal information
Born (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 29)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb)
Sport
Country  Canada
Sport Speed skating
Club Calgary Speed Skating[2]
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2010, 2014

Anastasia Bucsis (born 30 April 1989) is a Canadian former speed skater. She competed at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in the women's 500-metre competition. In addition, she participated in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics for women's long track, placing 27th in the 500 metres.

Athletic career[edit]

At the University of Calgary, Bucsis studied Communications in Culture, while earning the chance to represent Canada in speed skating at the 2009 Winter Universiade. She qualified for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games at the age of 20. Starting in 2011, she made three consecutive appearances at the ISU World Single Distances Championships.

On April 10, 2017, Bucsis retired from speed skating after a serious knee injury.[3]

Personal[edit]

Bucsis publicly came out as gay in 2013 at Calgary Pride.[4] Bucsis also marched in the 2014 Calgary Pride Parade. She has done extensive work within the LGBTQ community to combat homophobia in sport.[5] She is also an advocated for mental health, after having struggled with anxiety and depression.

In June 2014, it was revealed that Bucsis used to be in a relationship with women's hockey goaltender and four-time Winter Games gold medalist Charline Labonté.[6]

Bucsis now works for CBC Sports and hosts the podcast, "Players Own Voice".

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Anastasia Bucsis". olympic.ca. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Anastasia Bucsis". Speed Skating Canada. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Canada's Bucsis retires from speed skating after serious knee injury". CBC. April 10, 2017. Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Olympic speed skater Anastasia Bucsis ‘so proud to be gay’". The Globe and Mail, 3 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013.
  5. ^ Jim Buzinski Olympic speedskater Anastasia Bucsis comes out in response to Russia's anti-gay laws 3 September 2013
  6. ^ Charline Labonte I am Charline Labonte, Olympic hockey player and proudly gay 11 June 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.

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