| Date of Birth:
June 30, 1977
Place of Birth: Abbotsford, BC
Residence: Calgary, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 133 lbs.
A seven-year veteran of the short track speed skating national team, Alanna Kraus goes to Turin looking to build on her bronze medal performance in the relay four years ago at the Salt Lake City Games.
Kraus first started speed skating at the tender age of four in her hometown of Abbotsford, BC. She has subsequently become an important presence in both individual and relay events for the national team.
After picking up her Olympic bronze medal, as well as a fifth-place finish in the 500m at the 2002 Games, Kraus was named Canadian Female Short Track Skater Of The Year in 2002.
She earned her first individual medal in international competition with a bronze in the 1500m at the 2004 World Championships and finished the 2003-04 season ranked third overall in Canada.
More recently, in November of 2005, Kraus skated to a silver with the 3000m relay team at the final World Cup event of the season in The Netherlands.
Away from the rink, Kraus enjoys reading and is a self-described "domestic goddess", enjoying cooking and gardening. She is currently pursuing a degree in education.
Kraus is a threat to medal in the relay event, and could potentially post a solid result in the individual races as well.
February 23: Short-track silver a true team effort
February 10: 24 seconds with Alanna Kraus
January 28: Kraus skates quieter Games
2006 Shorttrackskating Coverage