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CHRIS WITTY (b. 1975)

West Allis, Wisconsin

Chris Witty

Chris began speed skating at the age of nine, wearing figure skates. Despite this challenge, she won her first race by such a huge margin that she was greeting her mother in the stands while her competitors finished. A club coach took notice and asked her to consider training seriously. She had hoped to become a basketball player but realized she had a real talent for speed skating. At eighteen, Chris went to her first Olympics in 1994. She did not stand out until the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, where she was the only athlete to win two individual medals. When she won her gold medal in the 1000 meters at the 2002 Olympics, she also set a world record. Chris is a competitive cyclist and went to the 2000 Summer Olympics, where she finished fifth in the 500-meter time trial.

 

 

Olympic Speed Skating Career (prior to 2006):

1994, Lillehammer, France
1000 meters: 23rd

1998, Nagano, Japan
500 meters: 10th
1000 meters: SILVER MEDAL
1500 meters: BRONZE MEDAL

2002, Salt Lake City, Utah
500 meters: 14th
1000 meters: GOLD MEDAL
1500 meters: 5th


Silver medal won by Chris Witty
at the 1998 Olympics. Designed
by the Kiso Kurashino Kogei
Museum; crafted by the Kiso
Kurashino Craft Center.
(Courtesy of Diane and
Walter Witty)

Bronze medal won by Chris Witty
at the 1998 Olympics. Designed
by the Kiso Kurashino Kogei
Museum; crafted by the Kiso
Kurashino Craft Center.
(Courtesy of Diane and
Walter Witty)
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