Neal first stepped onto the speed skating oval in Prince George in 1976. Twenty years and several thousand trips around the track later, he leads the country and ranks among the world’s best.
A six-time national all-round champion (1991-1997), holder of four Canadian records and two-time Olympian (Albertville 1992 and Lillehammer 1994) Neal has his sights set on Olympic gold in Nagano, Japan this February.
As a former world record holder at 3,000 metres, and the current world record holder at 1,500 metres, Neal has to be one of Canada’s brightest hopes to bring home some serious hardware in 1998.
Neal has already proven his mettle in international competition, winning two bronze medals in the World Championships and nine medals (two gold, six silver and one bronze) on the World Cup circuit, plus the overall World Cup championship in 1994-1995.
While many of our inductees can look back with pride on their achievements, we are happy to salute one athlete whose greatest competitive moments may yet lie ahead. We honour Neal Marshall for his outstanding accomplishments, and we look forward to adding more accolades to the list. We’ll leave a prominent space for Nagano gold. Good luck, Neal. Your native city stands behind you.