Clara Hughes Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Speed Skating Canada wishes to congratulate Clara Hughes on her latest accomplishments. A few weeks after seeing her star unveiled on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto, the recently retired speed skater was inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame at a gala last night in Calgary.

Her induction took place alongside those of Jacques Villeneuve, Kyle Shewfelt, Patrick Roy, Chantal Petitclerc, Jean-Luc Brassard, Dr. Roger Jackson and Bob Ackles.

Canada’s flag-bearer at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Clara Hughes is the only person to have won multiple medals in both the summer and winter Olympic Games. An 18-time Canadian cycling champion, Hughes won two bronze medals on wheels at the Atlanta Games in 1996, and four medals on blades: speed skating bronze in the 5000m in 2002, gold in the 5000m and silver in team pursuit in 2006, and bronze in the 5000m in 2010. A six-time Olympic medallist, Hughes now matches teammate Cindy Klassen as Canada’s most decorated Olympian.

She is also well known for her accomplishments off the ice, as she has been for many years an inspiration for people of all ages across the world. Congratulations Clara, you are most deserving of all these honours!