|Born||May 28, 1965|
Chantal was born May 28 and grew up in Champaign, IL. Which is the same home town of her 1994 Olympic teammate Bonnie Blair, who wrote in Chantal's freshman yearbook, "I really think you should be a speed skater". As a child and a teenager Chantal was a figure skater before turning over to speedskating. At the age of 14 she was diagnosed as bulimic. After graduation from Centennial High School in Champaign, she moved to the Boulder, CO area to get a degree in sports medicine technology. While waiting tables she wanted to exercise, so she purchased a $6 pair of speedskates from a Boulder, CO garage sale and begun speedskating. In 1990 she made the US National Speedskating Team and four years later made the US Olympic Team.
Chantal began speedskating in 1986 and in 1990 made the US National team. Her success came when she was crowned the 1992-93 all-around U.S. women’s speed skating champion and 1994 national champion in the 3,000-meter race. She made the 1994 Olympic team and won the 1995 age-class national championships for speedskating. Chantal retired from competitive speedskating in 1998.
|1,000 m||1:23.52||Vikingskipet||February 23, 1994|
|1,500 m||2:09.68||Vikingskipet||February 21, 1994|
|3,000 m||4:34.64||Vikingskipet||February 17, 1994|
Pioneer Speeedskating Club of Bemidji, MN
In the winter of 2005-2006 Chantal started the Pioneer Skating Club in Bemidji, MN. Her club has hosted to the 2008, 2009, and 2010 National Long Track Marathon.
- Chantal Bailey Biography and Olympic History
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- Vecsey, George (February 6, 1994). "ALL-AMERICAN SPEED; She Has Health and Olympics". New York Times.
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- Past National Class Champions- National Speedskating Museum[permanent dead link]