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Six-Time Olympic Medallist Cindy Klassen Announces Retirement from Speedskating

Six-Time Olympic Medallist Cindy Klassen Announces Retirement from Speedskating

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

Cindy Klassen
Six-time long track speed skating Olympic medalist Cindy Klassen announced her retirement in Winnipeg, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Six-time Olympic medallist Cindy Klassen called it a career Saturday, surrounded by friends, colleagues and family in her hometown of Winnipeg.

The 35-year-old announced her retirement from speedskating after taking a year off following a concussion, and said the break allowed her to reflect on her future.

“It was nice to take a break and a step away from the hard training,” Klassen said.

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Klassen to Join Annual MS Biking to the Viking Tour

Klassen to Join Annual MS Biking to the Viking Tour

Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen (CNW GROUP / FILE)

Celebrated Olympian Cindy Klassen will join the fundraising efforts this year for the 25th anniversary of the MS Biking to the Viking.

The six-time Olympic speed skating medallist will be the celebrity rider for the 170 km recreational bike tour from August 23-24. The ride begins at 8 a.m. in Stonewall, Manitoba, taking cyclists to Gimli where they will enjoy a dinner celebration before returning to Stonewall the next day.

“We are thrilled to welcome Cindy to join in our cause and hope that Manitobans of all ages and cycling experiences will be inspired to take part in the 25th anniversary MS Bike Tour,” said MS Society president Donna Boyd. “We have teams made up of families, groups of friends, and co-workers of all kinds, coming together to take part in the ride.”

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Cindy Klassen Travelling to Jordan to Support Syrian Refugees

By Tyler Sutherland

Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen

Six-time Olympic medal winning speed skater Cindy Klassen will travel to Jordan this week to meet with Syrian refugees.

The Winnipeg-based athlete is making the trip with Canadian Lutheran World Relief and will distribute sweaters donated by Canadians and winter items like heaters, carpets and other warm clothing.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting people who have been so resilient in the face of terrible danger and hardship,” Klassen said in a release. “I hope that I can offer some support and call attention to the need for help.”

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Cindy Klassen Travelling Overseas to Open Women’s Sports Centre

Cindy Klassen Travelling Overseas to Open Women’s Sports Centre

Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen

Winnipeg Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen is helping to launch a new sports facility in the West Bank next month.

Klassen will travel to Mureir Mountain, Bethlehem to open the Dar Al Kalima Sports Hall, which will host a women’s sports centre. It’s the first of its kind in the region and will fill a need for sports and fitness opportunities for Palestinian girls and women.

Klassen’s trip coincides with a the “Empowering Women in Sports” symposium, which opens on March 2.

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New Exhibit Highlights Manitoba Olympians

New Exhibit Highlights Manitoba Olympians

By Brian Schultz

Sport ManitobaA new exhibit featuring Manitoba’s winter Olympic history opened on Wednesday at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

Six-time Olympic medallist Cindy Klassen had the honour of officially declaring the exhibit open, just weeks before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

The Olympic Exhibit will take visitors on a journey through time as they explore significant photos and artifacts from Manitoba’s best winter Olympians.

“Manitoba is proud of our winter Olympians,” said Jeff Hnatiuk, president and CEO for Sport Manitoba. “Our Hall of Fame is the perfect place to celebrate our Winter Olympic triumphs and encourage future champions.”

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Cindy Klassen to Help Open Olympic Exhibit

Cindy Klassen to Help Open Olympic Exhibit

Cindy Klassen (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)
Cindy Klassen (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Manitoba speed skating Olympian Cindy Klassen is helping to open a new exhibit at the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Just in time for the opening of the Sochi Olympic Games, the Olympic-theme exhibit will take visitors on a journey through time as they explore significant photos and artifacts from Manitoba’s best winter Olympians.

Highlights include:

The Falcons: 1920 Antwerp hockey Gold medal
The Winnipegs: 1932 Lake Placid hockey gold medal
Susah Auch: 1994 Lillehammer Silver Medal and skin suit
Sami Jo Small: 1998 Nagano jersey and goalie equipment
Clara Hughes: 2002 Salt Lake City skin suit
Cindy Klassen: 2006 Torino Bronze medal and 2010 Vancouver skin suit
Jon Montgomery: 2010 Vancouver bib and sled blades
Jonathan Toews: 2010 Vancouver Gold medal, jersey, helmet, gloves, stick and ring

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Cindy Klassen to Speak at Breakfast Fundraiser

Cindy Klassen
Cindy Klassen

Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen and her sister, Lisa, will speak at a fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, April 13.

Held at Fort Gibralter in St. Boniface and benefitting the Caring for the Spirit program, the sisters will speak at the Aulneau Renewal Centre event about how their faith has defined them and their life’s journey.

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Cindy Klassen’s First Visit Back Home (PHOTOS)

Cindy Klassen’s First Visit Back Home (PHOTOS)

Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen signed dozens of autographs Thursday at Polo Park Shopping Centre. The hometown gal is back in the province after competing at the Vancouver Olympics.

She’ll be in Brandon Saturday at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair if you missed her yesterday.

View the photo gallery below.

Submitted photos by Ted Grant

Klassen Greeting Fans at Brandon Winter Fair

Klassen Greeting Fans at Brandon Winter Fair

By Tyler Sutherland

Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen is making the rounds after returning from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. As we told you yesterday, Klassen will be at Polo Park Shopping Centre today at 11 a.m. signing autographs for her fans.

From there, Klassen will head to Brandon for the annual Royal Manitoba Winter Fair on Saturday. If you’re in Westman, Klassen will sign autographs at the MTS booth in the Keystone Centre’s Manitoba Room from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. She will also be part of the premiere event, the MTS Grand Prix, on Saturday evening.

After Klassen won multiple medals at the Turin Games in 2006, she signed a lucrative sponsorship deal with MTS, thus explaining her appearances in connection with their brand.

Cindy Klassen Returning Home Thursday

Cindy Klassen Returning Home Thursday

Olympic speed skater Cindy Klassen will return home to Winnipeg on Thursday for the first time since competing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Klassen will meet fans and sign autographs beginning at 11 a.m. in the MTS Connect Store at Polo Park Shopping Centre.

After taking two years off from skating for double knee surgery and to spend time with her sister, Lisa, after that horrendous car accident in 2008, Klassen failed to pick up a medal at the recent Vancouver Games. Despite her performance, she still holds the most medal won at the Turin Games in 2006, picking up five of them and earning the unofficial title as “Woman of the Games.”