Heather Mclean patine à l'épreuve du 500 m en patinage de vitesse sur longue piste. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Heather McLean


Heather McLean made her World Cup debut in the 2013-14 season when she took part in the first two stops on the circuit. The following season, she joined the World Cup circuit full-time and made her debut at the World Single Distance Championships and the World Sprint Championships.

Heather broke through the 2015-16 season by winning her first World Cup medal in December, bronze in the 500m in Inzell, Germany. Before the end of the season, she added two more 500m bronze medals to her harvest, including one from the World Cup final in Heerenveen, Netherlands, ahead of her parents. At the World Sprint Championships, she finished 2 nd rank in one of the 500m races. However, that same summer, something was wrong when she returned to training. His emotional fatigue and demotivation hid a diagnosis of anxiety and depression. In seeking to find a solution to this mental illness, she understood the importance of being open to her emotions, and she is now focusing her energy on her recovery and well-being. With this new attitude, Heather posted her best career performance at the 2017 World Single Distance Championships placing 5 th  in the 500m at the Gangneung Ring in PyeongChang. This performance made her the best Canadian skater of the event.

She also obtained the best result of Canadian Women’s 2017 World Sprint Championships with 7 th  spot. At the Vancouver 2010 Games, Heather was a trail runner, doing laps at the Richmond Olympic Oval to test the timing system before each event. She considers the experience to be « the three happiest weeks » of her life. She trains with Lee Sang Hwa, a Korean Olympic 500m champion in 2010 and 2014 whom she considers her sister and who has been a great source of advice to her.

About Heather

Getting into the Sport: She started skating at the age of 2, and she was already following her two older brothers in the speed skating competition a year later. She trained on an outdoor ring in Winnipeg where the sessions were broken up into sets of a few laps in which she took breaks indoors to warm up and drink hot chocolate before returning to it. She covered her cheeks and nose with Vaseline to prevent frostbite. Beyond speed skating:She enrolled in sociology at the University of Calgary. She would like to pursue a career in nursing or health and wellness. She does a lot of cooking and baking, and hosting a cooking show is an idea that she likes. She is an ambassador for Rapides et Radieuses. His dream of representing Team Canada came true when he saw the big names in speed skating, Catriona Le May Doan, Susan Auch and Cindy Klassen, skate on television. She collects teas from the countries she visits.

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
PyeongChang 2018Patinage de vitesse - longue piste500 m - femmes14
PyeongChang 2018Patinage de vitesse - longue piste1000 m - femmes25

Palmarès international

Winter Olympics: 2018 - 14 th (500 m), 25 th (1000 m)

FIFA World Single Distance ISU: 2017 - 5 e (500 m), 19 th (1000 m); 2016 - 9 e  (500 m), 23 th (Mass Start); 2015 - 22 th (500m)

 World Sprint Championships ISU: 2017 - 7 th (general classification); 2016 - 12 th (general classification); 2015 - 23 rd (general classification)