Skating for Gold:
Wisconsin's Olympic Speed Skaters, 1976-2006
Chris Witty (b. 1975)
West Allis, Wisconsin
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 also a competitive cyclist and went to the 2000 Summer Olympics, where she finished fifth in the 500-meter time trial.
Silver medal won by Chris Witty at the 1998 Olympics.
Designed by the Kiso Kurashino Kogei Museum; crafted by the Kiso Kurashino Craft Center.
Source: Diane and Walter Witty.