| Date of Birth:
December 4, 1976
Place of Birth: Ottawa, ON
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 145 lbs.
As a young girl growing up in Ottawa, Kristina Groves was originally attracted to cross-country skiing. Then after watching legendary Canadian long track speed skater Gaétan Boucher compete at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, she knew she had found a new sport.
By 1998, Groves had become a factor on the national scene, winning a pair of gold medals at that year's nationals. In those early years, she would toil in relative obscurity while high profile skaters like Susan Auch and Catriona LeMay Doan enjoyed most of the spotlight.
Groves would take part in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, finishing with a pair of encouraging Top-10 results in the 3000m and 5000m. Since 2002, Groves has continued her steady rise, while, once again, another pair of skaters -- this time Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes -- receive most of the headlines.
During the 2004-05 season, Groves would win her first World Cup race at a 3000m event in Hamar, Norway. She would also pick up a bronze in the 3000m at the 2005 World Single Distance Championships, serving notice that Canada would be sending a very good women's long track team to Turin in 2006.
With four more bronze medals won during the early going of the 2005-06 World Cup season, Groves, who likes building furniture in her spare time, may want to think about constructing a new trophy case for her Calgary home. When she gets back from Turin, she just may need it.
February 24: Groves would love to see a replay
February 23: Sentimental Groves sheds tears of joy
February 23: Kristina's a capital treasure
February 23: 'Coach' proud of Pacers skater
February 22: First Klassen
February 20: Great result for unheralded Canadian
February 13: Groves 'can't find rhythm'
February 9: Groves on slow road to fast lane
2006 Longtrackskating Coverage