As the reigning 1000m world champion heading into the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Christine Nesbitt was a favourite for gold and yet was able to fly under the radar thanks to the attention given to her more experienced and accomplished teammates. However, when the Games came to a close, it was Nesbitt who had earned Canada’s only individual gold medal at the Richmond Olympic Oval when she fulfilled her potential with a victory in the 1000m.
Nesbitt’s first Olympic appearance had been at Turin 2006 where she won silver in the team pursuit. In the years between Olympic Games, Nesbitt established herself as a future star of the middle distances. She stood on the podium for the first time at the World Single Distances Championships in 2007, winning bronze in the 1000m. She moved to the top step of the podium at the 2009 World Single Distances Championships, where she also won bronze in the 1500m.
After her Olympic triumph in Vancouver, Nesbitt became the queen of the middle distances. In 2010-11 she won the overall World Cup title at 1500m and finished second in the 1000m standings. To go with another 1000m gold at the World Single Distances Championships, she also won gold at the World Sprint Championships and silver at the World Allround Championships, showing her capabilities over all distances.
The 2011-12 season saw even more success for Nesbitt. She won the overall World Cup titles and the World Single Distances titles for both 1000m and 1500m. She was also on the podium again at both the World Sprint and World Allround Championships, winning silver and bronze respectively. But her crowning achievement was becoming just the fourth Canadian speed skater to ever win the Oscar Mathisen Award, presented to the man or woman deemed to be the year’s top performer. She won every 1000m World Cup or World Championship race in which she was entered and set the 1000m world record during the World Sprint Championships in Calgary, breaking a nearly six-year-old mark.
2010 Olympic Champion 1000m… 2006 Olympic Silver Medallist Team Pursuit… Three-Time World Champion 1000m (2009, 2011, 2012)… 2012 World Champion 1500m… Three-Time World Champion Team Pursuit (2007, 2009. 2011)… 2011 World Sprint Champion… 2012 World Sprint Silver Medallist… 2011 World Allround Silver Medallist… 2012 World Allround Bronze Medallist… Three-Time World Cup Champion 1000m… Two-Time World Cup Champion 1500m…
Getting Into the Sport: Had been a hockey player before discovering short track speed skating at age 12… After high school she was not accepted into McGill University which would have allowed her to train with the national short track team in Montreal… Instead attended the University of Calgary and switched to long track at age 18… Outside Interests: Pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of Calgary… Favourite music genres include R&B, rock and jazz with some of her favourite singers being Otis Redding, Ella Fitzgerald and Sam Cooke… Her past experience playing piano and trumpet in her high school jazz band helped shape her musical tastes…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2013 – 4th (1000m), BRONZE (1500m), 8th (team pursuit); 2012 – 5th (500m), GOLD (1000m), GOLD (1500m), SILVER (team pursuit); 2011 – GOLD (1000m), 5th (1500m), GOLD (team pursuit); 2009 – GOLD (1000m), BRONZE (1500m), GOLD (team pursuit); 2008 – 4th (1000m), 5th (1500m), SILVER (team pursuit); 2007 – BRONZE (1000m), 6th (1500m), GOLD (team pursuit)
ISU World Sprint Championships: 2013 – 5th (overall); 2012 – SILVER (overall); 2011 – GOLD (overall)
ISU World Allround Championships: 2013 – 9th (overall); 2012 – BRONZE (overall); 2011 – SILVER (overall); 2009 – 6th (overall); 2008 – 4th (overall); 2007 – 9th (overall); 2006 – 16th (overall)