was December 1975 when a young Susan Auch stepped onto the ice
for her first 500m race on Winnipeg's Sargent Park Speed Skating
Oval. More than 25 years later and with 15 years of experience
competing and winning at the world level, Susan is once again
focused and ready. On
February 14th, 2002, Susan will aimfor
at the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the fifth of her
Susan Auch fulfilled a dream in 1994 by winning a silver medal
at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in the women's 500m long track
event. In 1998 after recovering from knee surgery Susan made Canadian
history by winning her second consecutive Olympic silver medal
in women's speed skating.
After a brief retirement, Susan has returned to competitive speed
skating and has regained her place at the top of the international
speed skating world. Susan is recognized as a high-pressure racer,
and she feels that her time away has only enhanced her mindset
and strengthened her love of the sport. Susan Auch plans to add
another chapter, to her place in the record book in February 2002
in Salt Lake City.
from Winnipeg, Susan now makes her home in Calgary where she trains
at the world's fastest ice rink, the Olympic Oval. Her athletic
successes, along with her personable attitude, have made her a
favorite with the media and sports fans.
Susan is committed
not only to her sport but also to the value of amateur sport for
young Canadians. She has been involved with youth programs such
as the Olympic Youth Academy, the Spirit of Sport Wall tour the
YMCA Partners with Youth Program and the YMWCA in the United States.
In 1997 Susan established a trust fund, for young skaters in Manitoba,
which she plans to expand to other provinces.
got involved in sports to help combat the effects of severe asthma.
Good role models are hard to identify these days but Susan Auch
certainly qualifies. She has endorsed this identity by being a
spokesperson for the Asthma Society of Canada and for the Flight
for Life program for the Canadian Lung Association. In the spring
of 1998, Pfizer Canada sponsored Susan on a nationwide media tour
to raise awareness about allergies and asthma, as well as promote
the importance of sport for kids. The tour was a huge success
with thousands of kids coming out to meet Susan in person at malls
across the country.
the prestigious Bruce Kidd award for Athlete Leadership in 1999
Susan was asked to sit on the Canada Games Sport Council Sport
Committee, the Board of the Canadian Association for the Advancement
of Women in Sport and Physical Activity and the Canadian Olympic
Association's Team Selection Committee.