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Kathryn Thomson

Great Britain

SportShort Track
NOCGreat Britain
Born26 Jan 1996 in Irvine 
ResidenceNottingham, ENG
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.104 27 Nov 2021 Dordrecht  
    1000m 1:30.308 17 Nov 2017 Seoul  
    1500m 2:23.279 12 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
European Championships
European Championships
    3000m Relay   1    
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the Olympic Winter Games in 2018 and 2022. (Instagram profile, 23 Jun 2022)  
Other sportsShe represented Great Britain at the 2010 Ice Dancing International Development Seminar Camp in Berlin, Germany. (, 11 Mar 2010)  
Hero / IdolBritish heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill. (Athlete, 05 Nov 2018)  
Awards and honoursShe was flag bearer for Great Britain at the closing ceremony of the 2013 European Youth Olympic Winter Festival [EYOF] in Brasov, Romania. (, 22 Feb 2013)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at about age 10 with the Ayrshire Flyers club in Scotland.  
Reason for choosing this sportShe was involved in figure skating before switching to short track. "It looked really exciting and more fun. It was a perfect match for me."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Always chase your dreams and believe in yourself." (Instagram profile, 23 Jun 2022)  
Other informationBREAK FROM SPORT
She sat out the 2020/21 season over concerns around her fitness and mental health. She spent time working at a home furnishing retailer in Kilmarnock, Scotland, before returning to the sport. "Being an unfunded athlete and going through a pandemic had some added stresses. I just took a huge chunk of time out of sport to deal with all that. My base level of fitness, my robustness around injury and a little bit of mental health - overall wellness. I moved back in Kilmarnock. I worked in Dunelm. It was very different from being an athlete. From a mental point of view, it was a huge breath of fresh air. It was a very focused year off - I had clear goals and there were different things I wanted to work on so I made sure I was still very disciplined so that my comeback wasn't as difficult. It was a huge concern and multiple times during the year off I did doubt myself. But I just thought I need to trust the process - it's what I needed at the time so I had to listen to my body and my mind." (, 04 Feb 2022;, 29 Jan 2022;, 28 Jan 2022)

At age 16 she moved from Kilmarnock in Scotland to live and train at the British short track base in Nottingham, England. "It was a huge thing for me to move and I really struggled with being homesick. After my first year, I went home for the off-season and I was thinking that I really didn't want to go back down south. But I decided to grit my teeth and go for it. I said to myself, 'I've made a decision to move to Nottingham because I'm chasing my dream', so I stuck with it and I'm so glad that I did that." (, 09 Dec 2016)
NicknamesKat (Facebook profile, 02 May 2019)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer family. (Athlete, 05 Feb 2020)  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachRichard Shoebridge [national], GBR  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2013/2014 European Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2019/2020 European Championships 500m5  
    2012/2013 European Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m7  
    2019/2020 European Championships Overall10  
    2016/2017 European Championships 500m12  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall14  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1000m15  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m15  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1500m17  
    2018/2019 European Championships 500m17  
    2016/2017 European Championships Overall17  
    2018/2019 European Championships Overall18  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m18  
    2018/2019 European Championships 1500m18  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall19  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1000m20  
    2016/2017 European Championships 1000m23  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m24  
    2018/2019 World Championships Overall25  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m25  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m25  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1000m25  
    2018/2019 World Championships 500m25  
    2018/2019 World Championships 1500m28  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m28  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall30  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m31  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m31  
    2019/2020 European Championships 1500m39  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m41  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 Dresden 2000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m8  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 2000m Relay9  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay11  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m11  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay11  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m13  
    2018/2019 Calgary, AB 500m14  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1000m15  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m15  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1000m15  
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay15  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m18  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m18  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay18  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 500m19  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m20  
    2016/2017 Dresden 500m21  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m23  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m23  
    2018/2019 Salt Lake City, UT 500m24  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m26  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1500m26  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m27  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m28  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m28  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m30  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m30  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 500m31  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m32  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m35  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m36  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m37  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m37  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m38  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m40  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m42  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m52  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m53  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m55  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m59  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m72  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m76  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m81  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m83  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m102