Winnipeg – Decorated Olympian Cindy Klassen will be among those added to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame later this year. Klassen, who is just wrapping up a 20 year quest to complete her psychology course at the University of Calgary, told Global News on Wednesday how she found out about her selection. “I was doing a workout and then my phone kept ringing and I didn’t know who it was. I finally picked up and I was blown away. I really didn’t see this coming. It was overwhelming and it’s just a huge, huge honor.”
The Winnipeg speed skater is the only Canadian to have won five medals at a single Olympics. Klassen captured a gold, two silver and two bronze during the 2006 Games in Turin. Klassen admits, it’s hard to believe more than 11 years have already passed since that moment in history. “Time goes by so fast. It seems like that was just yesterday. So many good memories from that Games. Even from my career, just the friendships that I’ve made,” recalled the 37 year old from North Kildonan. “I just felt so honored to compete for Canada. It was a tremendous opportunity.”
She also won a bronze medal during the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.
Klassen retired from speed skating in 2015 after taking a year off to heal from a concussion. She is considering obtaining her Masters in Psychology- “that might take 30 years” she joked. But between now and the official induction ceremony on November 9th in Toronto she plans on returning to Winnipeg to spend time with family, and at the lake.
The Canada Sports Hall of Fame’s class of 2017 also includes 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir, Stanley Cup champion Lanny McDonald, Olympic triathlete Simon Whitfield, wrestler Carol Huynh, neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator, lacrosse star Gaylord Powless, Canadian paralympic founder Dr. Robert W. Jackson and the Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team.
The induction ceremony will take place Nov. 9 in Toronto.