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Abigail McCluskey

Canada

SportSpeed Skating
NOCCanada
Born26 Jul 1996 in  Penticton
GenderWomen
ResidenceCalgary, AB, CAN
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesEnglish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.09 03 Jan 2020 Calgary  
    1000m 1:15.60 04 Jan 2020 Calgary  
    1500m 1:55.19 16 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:03.84 07 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    5000m 7:21.50 18 Oct 2019 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/AbigailMccluskey  
twitter.com/abi_mccluskey  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamKelowna Speed Skating Club: Canada  
Name of coachRemmelt Eldering [national], NED  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was inspired to start skating after watching the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in Kelowna, BC, Canada. She got involved in short track at age 14, and took up speed skating at age 16. "I was born and raised in Penticton. When I was 14, I decided I wanted to start speed skating and the closest club was in Kelowna. Grade 10 and 11 [training] was twice a week and by grade 12, I was up there three days a week until I graduated high school. And then I moved to Calgary."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"The harder I work the luckier I get." (Athlete, 17 Jan 2021)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Nancy Goplen. (kelownadailycourier.ca, 28 Mar 2020)  
Hero / IdolCanadian speed skaters Clara Hughes, Christine Nesbitt, and Cindy Klassen. (globalnews.ca, 05 Feb 2021)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (globalnews.ca, 05 Feb 2021)  
Other informationDEALING WITH NERVES
She has trouble controlling her nerves ahead of competitions. "I struggle with nerves quite a bit. I've always struggled with it. Forever. I have a tendency to puke before races from being so nervous. I've accepted it at this point [speaking in 2020]. I've gotten used to it, but I'm still working at trying to fix it a little bit. There's a lot of nerves involved. I'm still learning how to be around the cameras and not getting spooked by the bigger names in the sport." (globalnews.ca, 05 Feb 2021; kelownadailycourier.ca, 28 Mar 2020)
 
HobbiesBaking, gardening, looking after her dog. (Athlete, 17 Jan 2021)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe always ties her right shoe or skate before her left, and she puts new laces in her skates before every major competition. (Athlete, 17 Jan 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementQualifying for the 2020 World Single Distances Championships. (Athlete, 17 Jan 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 3000m18  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m19  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m21  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall21  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 3000m18  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m26  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m27  
    2019/2020 World Cup 3000/5000m45  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m48  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m53