Australian and NSW Speed Skater, Sophie Muir was inducted into the NSW Hall of Champions on Tuesday.
Sophie has represented Australia in both Inline Speed Skating and Ice Speed Skating. Her international career took off at the age of 13 when she competed as a Junior at the Oceania Championships and then the World Championships in Colombia. Between 1996 and 1999 Sophie won 12 gold and 2 silver medals . She was also crowned World Champion 6 times at the 1998, 1999 and 2000 Junior World Championships. She also held the title of State champion over all distances from 300m to 10km between 1996 and 2000.
Sophie's Junior World Championship gold medals include 300m time trial on track and 500m road race in 1998 in Italy. Her 1999 gold medals were in the 300m time trial and 500m on road. At the 2000 Championships, Sophie won gold in the 300m time trial on track and the 300m time trial on road. To cap off an impressive junior career, Sophie was the World Record holder in the 300m time trial on road in 2000.
Her transition as a senior competitor was equally outstanding. Sophie was National Champion in 2001 and 2002, winning gold in both the 300m and 500m. Internationally, she won 9 medals (7 gold and 2 silver) at the 2000 - 2001 Senior Oceania Championships and was crowned World Champion at the 2001 Senior World Championships in France, where she won gold in the 500m road race, beating three senior world champions in the process.
Adding to her remarkable achievements, Sophie made history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, becoming Australia's first female long track Olympic speed skater. After just 15months on the ice, she competed in the 500m and 1000m events.
Skate Australia would like to congratulate Sophie on making it to the NSW Hall of Champions, the hard work and dedication that she put into her sport deserves recognition at a state and national level!