Sports: Speed Skating

Heather McLean is a long track sprint speed skater from Winnipeg, MB. She began skating at three years old, tagging along to her brothers’ training sessions, and fell in love with the sport immediately. Heather represented Manitoba at the 2011 Canada Winter Games, winning gold in the 100m.

In 2015, Heather won her first individual world cup medal in the 500m in Inzell, Germany. In January of 2016, Heather won both the 500m and 1000m titles at the Canadian Single Distance Championships, and completed her 2015-16 season by winning two more World Cup bronze medals. Heather began the 2016-2017 season ranked 6th in the world in the 500m, and set two new personal bests at the 2017 Canadian Single Distance Championships in Calgary, once again taking the titles in both the 500m and 100m events.

Heather McLean turned 25 in January 2018 during the Long Track Team Selections, where she earned her ticket to the Olympic Games on Canada’s speed skating team. Heather was officially named to Speed Skating Canada’s team on January 10 along with 18 other athletes. McLean will compete at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games in the Women’s 500m and the Women’s 1000m, on February 18 and February 14 respectively. PyeongChang was McLean’s first Olympic Games, and she will be returning in Beijing 2022.

Off the ice, Heather is an ambassador for Fast and Female, an organization that assists and advocates the participation of young women in sport.

DOB: 01/04/1993

Hometown: Winnipeg, MB


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Heather McLean posts two personal bests at speedskating sprint worlds

Sunday, February, 26th, 2017

THE GLOBE AND MAIL (Feb 26) Heather McLean’s coach demanded more from her after a disappointing result on Saturday. She delivered with personal bests in the 500– and 1,000-metre events at…

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Two wins and personal best for Heather McLean

Thursday, January, 5th, 2017

SPEED SKATING CANADA (JAN 5) Heather McLean won the women’s 1000m and came up with a personal best in that distance while Kaylin Irvine and William Dutton were both named on the Canadian team…

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Heather McLean adds 2 more speed skating titles in Calgary

Thursday, January, 5th, 2017

CBC Sports (Jan 5 ) Heather McLean of Winnipeg won the 500-metre and 1,000-metre events Tuesday at the Canadian single distance long track championships.

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Heather McLean Races to Bronze in the 500m at World Cup Final

Saturday, March, 12th, 2016

SPEED SKATING CANADA (March 12) Winnipeg’s Heather McLean collected her third bronze medal of the season in the 500m at the World Cup Final.

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Winnipegger Heather McLean wins third World Cup speed skating medal of the season

Saturday, January, 30th, 2016

GLOBAL NEWS (Jan 30) Winnipeg’s Heather McLean continued her successful speed skating season on Saturday by capturing a bronze medal in an ISU Speed Skating World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway.

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Wednesday, January, 10, 2018

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PyeongChang – One Year Out! (Long Track Speed Skating)

Thursday, February, 9, 2017

Click here to return to ONE YEAR OUT – PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Preview. Venue: Gangneung Oval Competition Dates: February 10-16, 18-19, 21, 23-24 Events: 14 […]