Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, made her sixth Olympic Games appearance and her third at a Summer Games as a cyclist in London. Hughes finished in the top-five in the time trial event and also competed in the road race. Hughes is one of the most revered Canadian athletes of all-time with six Olympic medals, having won four as a long track speed skater.
Hughes competed in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta and earned a bronze in both the road race and the time trial. She also competed at the 2000 Games in Sydney, earning sixth in the time trial.
As a speed skater, Hughes has four Olympic medals. At the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, she won a bronze in the 5000m. In Turin in 2006, she took gold in the same event and a silver in the team pursuit. In Vancouver in 2010, Hughes delivered another bronze in the 5000m, and also had the honour of being the Canadian flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony.
Hughes is just the fourth athlete to ever to win medals at the Winter and Summer Games, and is the only athlete in history to win multiple medals at both.
Notable World Championship Results (speed skating)
2009: Silver – 5,000m; 2008: Silver – 5,000m, 6th – 3,000m; 2007: 13th -3,000m; 2005: Silver – team pursuit, Bronze – 5,000m; 2004: Gold – 5,000m, 4th -3,000m; 2003: Silver – 5,000m, 4th – 3,000m; 2001: 11th – 3,000m
Notable World Championship Results (cycling)
2011: 5th – individual time trial; 1999: 7th – individual time trial; 1995: Silver – individual time trial; 1994: 4th – individual time trial