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Kristina Groves, speedskater

Speedskating has come a long way since its roots over 1,000 years ago in Scandinavia and the Netherlands, when people laced animal bones to their footwear and glided across frozen waterways. Long metal blades, indoor frozen ovals, and very fast gliders have transformed the sport. Few Canadians have become legends of speedskating but among them are ferocious competitors named Boucher, Le May Doan, Klassen and Hughes.

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When the pressure's off, it's a good time to try something new. That's the approach speedskater Kristina Groves is taking as the post-Olympics season kicks off in November 2006. Normally a long-track skater, she's trying the shorter 1,000-metre event on the World Cup circuit in Europe. In this interview on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning, Groves says the approach is one way she aims to achieve balance in her sport.
• Born in Ottawa in 1976, Kristina Groves left her hometown at 18 to train at the Calgary Olympic Oval. She first competed as a speedskater in the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. At the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy, she won two silver medals: one in team pursuit and the other in the 1500-metre event.
  • Heading into the 2010 Vancouver Games, Groves was ranked first in the world in the 1,500-metre event. Fellow speedskater Catriona LeMay Doan told CBC Sports Online that Groves was a medal contender for all five of the events she was slated to compete in.

• At the 2010 Olympics, Groves won two medals: a bronze medal in the 3,000-metre race and a silver in the 1,500-metre race.

Medium: Radio
Program: Ottawa Morning
Broadcast Date: Nov. 15, 2006
Guest(s): Kristina Groves
Interviewer: Kathleen Petty
Duration: 7:03
Photo: Bas Czerwinski/Associated Press

Last updated: February 15, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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