Kathryn Magno

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Kathryn Magno
Personal information
Full nameKathryn Victory Magno
Born (1990-03-18) March 18, 1990 (age 29)
San Jose, California, U.S.
Years activec. 2008-2012 (figure skating)
c. 2014- (speed skating)
SportFigure skating
Short track speed skating

Kathryn Victory Magno[1] (born March 18, 1990) is an American-born Filipina short track speed skater and former figure skater. Magno is the first person to win a medal in speed skating for the Philippines in an international competition outside the country.[2]

Early life[edit]

Magno was born to Filipino parents in San Jose, California, United States[2] on March 18, 1990.[3]

Sporting career[edit]

Magno started her sporting career as a figure skater representing the Philippines. She was first introduced to the sport when she was five years old.[2] Among the competitions she entered is the 2009 Coupe Internationale de Nice.

She made a switch to short track speed skating in 2014, coming from a two year break to focus on her studies. She remarked that the scoring in figure skating is subjective and liked short track speed skating more since a definite winner is determined by a race and for its "social vibes". She entered the 2014 and 2015 Asian Short Track Speed Skating Trophy which were both hosted in the Philippines.[2] She won three bronze medal in the 2014 edition at the women's 500m, 1,000m, and 1,500m events.[4] She was the sole skater competing for the Philippines at the 2014 edition.[1]

She entered the 2016 Tri-Series South East Asia Cup in Singapore funding her own trip to the city state by selling t-shirts she designed. She was the sole representative of the Philippines at the tournament. She won two golds at the women's 500m and 1,500m events with the record of 58.152 seconds and 3 minutes, 33.034 seconds respectively. Her medal at the 500m event was her country's first gold medal in an international short track speed skating tournament held outside the Philippines.[2] She also won the 1,000m event.[5]

In November 2016, Magno was named to the Filipino team at the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan.[6]

At the 2018 Philippine Open Short Track Championships in the Women's Senior Category, Magno won three gold medals at the 1,500 meters, 1,000 meters and 500 meters event and a silver in the 3,000-meter relay team event with Xsandrie Viande Guimba, Corrine Molly Martinez, and Bea Won Bi Zablan.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Fil-Am bags Asian speed skating bronze". The Philippine Star. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tan, Nicholas (21 February 2016). "Speed skating: Speed skater Magno strikes double gold". The Straits Times. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Kathryn MAGNO, - Profile". International Skating Union. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ de la Paz, Diego (24 October 2014). "Fil-Am Magno shows potential by bagging three bronze medals". BusinessMirror. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Ice skating: Singapore's Ng pips Malaysia's Wong to men's 1,000m SEA Cup title". New Straits Times. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ "29 Filipino athletes to compete in 2017 Asian Winter Games". Manila Bulletin. Manila, Philippines. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  7. ^ Malanum, Jean (29 September 2018). "Speed skater Magno wins 3 golds in Philippine Open". Philippine Canadian Inquirer. Philippine News Agency. Retrieved 29 September 2018.