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People of Interest: Clara Hughes



Clara Hughes is an accomplished Canadian athlete who is known for her medal-winning performances at both the Summer and Winter Olympics. [1] She has won two medals in cycling and four medals in speed skating, making her the only Canadian athlete to have achieved this feat. [2] Hughes has also won a total of 35 national championships in various cycling and speed skating events, and has won eight medals in cycling at the Pan American Games. [1]


Clara Hughes faced challenges growing up. [2, 3] She has spoken about her experiences with mental health issues and her teenage struggle with drugs and alcohol. Hughes has also described her home life as toxic, but despite these challenges, she was able to find success in sports. In her memoir, “Open Heart, Open Mind,” Hughes shares her story of overcoming these obstacles and achieving her dreams as an Olympic athlete. [2]


In addition to her athletic achievements, Hughes is also known for her humanitarian work. [3] She has used her platform as a successful athlete to raise awareness about mental health issues and to encourage others to seek help when needed. Hughes has described herself as a “mental health advocate” on her Twitter profile, and has worked with organizations such as the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Clara Hughes Foundation to promote mental health awareness.


Overall, Clara Hughes is a highly respected and admired athlete and humanitarian who has made significant contributions to both the world of sports and to the larger community. She is someone worth talking about.


(Thanks for reading. Hope this brought you some insight into someone that is quite amazing. I had lots of fun learning about her, and has inspired me to get up off the couch today. If you enjoyed, give me a clap. It is my fuel.)


References:

“Clara Hughes | Biography, Olympic Medals, and Facts.” Encyclopedia Britannica, www.britannica.com/biography/Clara-Hughes


“Speakers’ Spotlight — Clara Hughes on Her Struggles Growing up and How She Found Success in Sports.” Speakers’ Spotlight — Clara Hughes on Her Struggles Growing up and How She Found Success in Sports, 27 Oct. 2011, www.speakers.ca/2015/09/clara-hughes-on-her-struggles-growing-up-and-how-she-found-success-in-sports.


“Clara Hughes on Her Struggles Growing up and How She Found Success in Sports.” thestar.com, 5 Sept. 2015, www.thestar.com/life/2015/09/05/clara-hughes-on-her-struggles-growing-up-and-how-she-found-success-in-sports.html.


“Speakers’ Spotlight — Clara Hughes on Her Struggles Growing up and How She Found Success in Sports.” Speakers’ Spotlight — Clara Hughes on Her Struggles Growing up and How She Found Success in Sports, 27 Oct. 2011, www.speakers.ca/2015/09/clara-hughes-on-her-struggles-growing-up-and-how-she-found-success-in-sports.


“Gold Standard: In Conversation With Clara Hughes.” Reader’s Digest Canada, 4 Oct. 2018, www.readersdigest.ca/culture/clara-hughes-conversation.

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