Winter Games Athletes
With four-time Olympic medalist Kristina Groves retired, Nesbitt is Canada's current speedskating queen. A native of Australia who resides in Calgary, Nesbitt is making her third straight trip to the Olympics. After earning a silver medal as part of Canada's team pursuit squad in Turin in 2006, Nesbitt enjoyed individual success four years later in Vancouver when she won gold in the 1,000 meters with a time of 1:16.56. She finished 14th in the same event at 1:17.54 in Turin. Nesbitt also improved one spot from the previous Olympics when she finished sixth in the 1,500 in Vancouver with a time of 1:58.33 - 0.82 faster than 2006. Though Nesbitt qualified for the 1,500 and the 500 this year, her best chance to medal in Sochi will again come in the 1,000. However, she's likely to face some stiff competition from Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe of the United States and Russia's Olga Fatkulina. Nesbitt struggled on the World Cup circuit in 2013, placing 10th and 12th, respectively, in the 1,000 in her first two competitions, but she finished strong at the Canadian trials. Her personal-best effort of 1:12.68 in the 1,000 from January 2012 stood as the world record until November 2013, but still remains the fastest time by any Canadian. Nesbitt recovered well from a fractured elbow and knee injury she suffered in a car accident in the summer of 2010. Despite those injuries, she easily qualified for the World Cup later that year and went on to win two - in 2011 and 2012 - of her three world championships in the 1,000 and the 2012 title in the 1,500.