Get to know the Athlete Role Models: Christine Nesbitt
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced a list of Athlete Role Models (ARMs) who will support the young athletes going to the 2nd Winter Youth Olympic Games from 12 to 21 February 2016 in Lillehammer, Norway. They are presented individually through a short interview. Today: Christine Nesbitt.
Name: Christine Nesbitt
Sport: Speed skating
How/why did you start your sport?
I started my sport at 12 years of age—I came from ice hockey. I always enjoyed skating and my parents discovered a short track club in my hometown. I tried it and stuck with it until I began long track speed skating at 18 when I moved to Calgary to attend university and train at the Calgary Olympic Oval and National Training Centre.
What achievements are you most proud of in your sporting career?
Setting my world record in the 1,000m and being the first woman in history to break the 1 minute and 13 second barrier in that distance.
What achievements are you most proud of outside your sporting career?
Sharing my story of depression through my teammate and friend, Clara Hugh’s, cross Canada campaign called “Bell Let’s Talk”. The goal is to break the stigma of mental health and open up the discussion so more people can get help and help others.
Favourite moment at the Olympics? A special memory of one of your participations?
Standing on the podium getting my gold medal at home in Canada!
What made you want to participate in the Youth Olympic Games?
In my experience, I didn’t learn to balance my training with other elements to keep me healthy and happy until later in my career. I love that the Youth Olympics provide not only a chance to experience a multi-sport games for athletes at a younger age, but also the other sides of being healthy and happy while competing in sports, and skills to help you afterwards as well.
What do you like most about the Youth Olympic Games concept?
I love that there is an emphasis on showing the athletes the many sides of being healthy, well rounded people. It is so important to have balance in life and it’s best learned young!
What are you looking forward to the most in Lillehammer 2016?
I’m looking forward to joining in the spirit of the event, and I hope to at least connect on a personal level with some athletes, and help them grow as athletes and people.
What’s next for you in your career?
I am retired now, and working toward finishing my undergraduate degree in geography. I hope to continue on to do a master’s degree as well. But we shall see. There are so many exciting things to do!
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy listening to music, as well as many outdoor activities like hiking, camping, canoeing, snowshoeing and biking. I also love to cook and eat.
Anything else you want to add?
I’m looking forward to the YOG! I think it will be busy and crazy, but amazing and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I can’t wait to share all that with all the athletes!