Middle distance specialist Kali Christ made her Olympic debut at Sochi 2014, competing in the 1000m, 1500m and team pursuit.
Christ made incredible progress during 2012-13, which was just her second season as a senior international competitor. Starting out in the B division of World Cup races, she gradually moved into the A division to compete against the world’s best speed skaters. At the World Cup Final in Heerenveen she finished fourth in the 1500m after posting a personal best time. She followed that up with a fifth place finish in the 1500m at the World Single Distances Championships in Sochi. Christ also won her first World Cup medals, capturing a pair of silvers in the team pursuit.
Christ had ended her junior career with a ninth place finish overall at the 2011 World Junior Championships where she won bronze in the 1000m and team pursuit. She had been the top racer at the 2011 Canadian Junior Championships, winning four of five events. In March 2011 she set the Canadian junior record in the 1500m.
Finished 5th in 1500m at 2013 World Single Distances Championships… 2011 Saskatchewan Sport Female Athlete of the Year…
Getting Into the Sport: Started skating at age three… First saw speed skating on TV at age seven and she and brother decided that would be their winter sport… Outside Interests: Has completed one year of study in the Actuarial Science program at the University of Calgary but is not currently enrolled… Can make wallets out of duct tape… Odds and Ends: Competed in wrestling in high school and finished third in the provincial championships in 2008-09… Was captain of her high school soccer team… Always travels with a Sudoku book… Tries to collect souvenir thimbles during her travels… Favourite quote: “Ability may get you to the top but it takes character to keep you there.” – John Wooden…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
ISU World Single Distances Championships: 2013 – 5th (1500m); 2012 – 9th (1000m)
ISU World Allround Championships: 2013 – 12th (overall)