Speed Skating Athlete - Inducted 1999
Susan Auch is a three-time Olympic medalist known for her incredibly fast starts. Susan Auch's career started in the 1980s and spanned until 1998. Some of her accomplishments are: Canadian Sprint Championship First Overall in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, and 1994; World Cup 500m Firsts in 1995 include Innsbruck, Calgary, and Hamar. Also in 1995, Susan Auch dueled Bonnie Blair of the United States and won several races against Blair who was considered the greatest female skater of all time. During the 1995 season, Susan compiled three World Cup Gold Medals in the 500m and was named Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year.
As a three-time Olympic Medalist, Susan captured a bronze medal in the short track women’s relay team at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, silver at the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics in the 500m, and silver at the 1998 Nagano Olympics in the 500m. In 1996 Susan’s career appeared to be over after a serious knee injury but she came back to win a silver medal in Nagano. Susan Auch is one of only three women ever to break 39 seconds over 500m. Susan Auch retired from competition in 1998 but continues to give back to the sport through coaching.
Susan Auch came out of retirement and competed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games at Salt Lake City, Utah – making her a five-time Olympian. She retired, once again, after the Olympics. She is one of three women in the world to finish the 500 metre race in less than 39 seconds without klap skates. Susan was named CEO of Speed Skating Canada in 2017. Susan has been a sports commentator for numerous speed skating events. 2017-2019 (Current) CEO- Speed Skating Canada 2008- Speed Skating Canada Board Of Directors