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Born: August 12, 1980, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Olympic & World Cup Speed Skater
In 2006 Klassen became the first female speed skater to win five medals in a single Olympics and first Canadian to win six career Olympic medals; In 2006 she was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy, Canadian Athlete of the Year; 2006 and 2008 awarded the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award, Canadian Female Athlete of the Year;
January 5, 2010 the Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of its Vancouver 2010 Olympic Moments collection, the 25-cent quarters, featuring Klassen's pose in honour of her unprecedented five medals at the Turin Games in 2006. Up to 22 million 25-cent coins were entered into circulation with three million produced in brilliant colour and inserted randomly.
Memorable Cindy Klassen Quotes:
"The ultimate reason I'm skating is for Christ, for my faith. I feel like God has given me this gift to skate and I want to glorify him through my skating."
"God has given me this free gift of salvation."
"Medals mean nothing compared to the crown I'll receive in Heaven."
Favorite Scripture Verse
"Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
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