Cathy Turner

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Cathy Turner
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Birth name Cathy Ann Turner
Born April 10, 1962 (1962-04-10) (age 56)
Rochester, New York, U.S.

Cathy Ann Turner (born April 10, 1962, in Rochester, New York) is an American short track speed skater, who won gold medals at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics.

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. "[1] After nine years away from her sports,[1] 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.[2]

Turner retired from competitive skating after the 1992 Games to star with the Ice Capades as a singer and skater in the "Made In America" tour, 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, however, the judges did not see it that way. Turner was disqualified from the 1000-meter race when accused of impeding a South Korean skater Kim So-hee in a heat.[3] She took a bronze in the 3000-meter team relay. Turner then placed fifth in the 3000-meter relay at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

Turner now lives in Parma, New York and works as a Database Administrator at Paychex Inc.,[4] 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.


  1. ^ a b Jere Longman (February 10, 1994). "Winter Olympics:Moving On the Fast Track". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  2. ^ Michael Janofsky (February 23, 1992). "Albertville:She's No. 1 With a Bullet In Short-Track Skating". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  3. ^ Jere Longman (February 27, 1994). "Winter Olympics:Turner is Tossed By Judges". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-16. 
  4. ^ "Cathy Turner". Retrieved 2015-05-16. 

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