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KC Boutiette

KC Boutiette
Speed Skating USA

KC Boutiette

KC Boutiette
  • Birth date 4/11/1970
  • Birthplace Tacoma, WA
  • Hometown Tacoma, WA
  • Residence Erie, CO
  • Height/Weight 5'10"/ 154 lbs
  • Olympics 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006

Biography

KC Boutiette will be two months shy of his 48th birthday when he competes at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. Already a four-time Olympian, Boutiette came out of retirement in 2015 in hopes of racing in the mass start, an event that will be contested at the Olympics for the first time in PyeongChang. Boutiette’s Olympic journey began in 1992, when the 22-year-old quit his job as a construction worker to join an inline skating team. After about a year, he decided to try skating on ice—and six weeks later made the U.S. Olympic speed skating team. He competed at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 Olympics, with two top-five finishes but no medals. Boutiette became best known for blazing the trail from inline to speed skating for athletes like Joey Cheek, Chad Hedrick and Apolo Ohno.

Boutiette first started considering a return to the Olympics in 2013, when a casual conversation with five-time Olympic champion Eric Heiden made him wonder if it was possible. He competed at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials, wearing his speedsuit from the 2006 Olympics, just for fun. A year later, he officially came out of retirement. He proved the comeback was real in November 2016, when he won a silver medal in the mass start at a World Cup event. He now holds the record for oldest speed skater to ever win a World Cup medal.
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Getting to know KC Boutiette

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One of the first inline skaters to find Olympic success in speed skating

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His son Braam is named after a Dutch word for part of a speed skate

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Best Olympic finishes were fifth in 1500m in 1998 and fifth in 5000m in 2002

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