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Heather McLean


SportSpeed Skating
Born04 Jan 1993 in  Winnipeg
ResidenceQuebec, QC, CAN
LanguagesEnglish, French
Higher educationSociology - University of Calgary: Canada
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.29 26 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:14.36 26 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:59.88 10 Sep 2016 Calgary  
    3000m 4:31.69 16 Feb 2013 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in 1995 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.  
Name of coachGregor Jelonek [national], CAN  
Reason for choosing this sportHer brothers were involved in the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer parents. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
Hero / IdolDutch-born Canadian speed skater Ted-Jan Bloemen. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"If you're not winning, you're learning." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
InjuriesShe has broken her leg during her career. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
Awards and honoursShe was named the 2012 Junior Female Athlete of the Year for speed skating at Sport Manitoba's Night of Champions award ceremony in Canada. (, 30 Apr 2012)

She was presented with the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. (, 30 Apr 2012)
NicknamesIggy [a nickname she acquired while skating at St. James Speed Skating Club]. (, 2011)  
Other informationFORERUNNER
She was a forerunner at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. The role involved skating round the track before each round of events to test that the timing system was working. "I had the most amazing three weeks of my life in Vancouver." (, 19 Aug 2014)

She has served as an ambassador for Fast and Female, which aims to promote the participation of young women in sport. (, 11 Oct 2017)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m5  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m9  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall12  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m14  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m19  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m22  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall23  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps23  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m25  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m6  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m13  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m15  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall20  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m26  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m37  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m38  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m55