Cathy Priestner

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Cathy Priestner
Medal record
Women's speed skating
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1976 Innsbruck 500 m
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1975 Gothenburg Sprint
Priestner in 1975

Catherine Ann Priestner (born May 27, 1956 in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian who won a silver medal in Speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics, where she was Canada's flag bearer in the closing ceremonies.[1] She also competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics.[2] She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 1994. Priestner competed in her first competition at the age of 15.

As Cathy Priestner Allinger she has had a career in sport managements, including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, where she was Executive Vice President of Sport, Paralympic Games and Venue Management, as well as roles with the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Canada's Own the Podium Olympic medal program.[3] For the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia she worked with the Russian Olympic Team to improve on its medal performance following the Canadian example from 2010.[4]

She is married to Todd Allinger, a bio-mechanist and sports scientist and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. [4]


  1. ^ "1976 Innsbruck". Canadian Olympic Committee. 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ Sports Reference
  3. ^ "BC Games Board of Directors". BC Games Society. 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Own the Podium goes to Russia". CBC Radio. February 6, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2014.