Alanna Kraus 2004 Hall of Fame Athlete

Speed Skating - Inducted in 2004

Alanna is a wonderful ambassador for Abbotsford, for British Columbia, and for Canada. A short track speed skater since the age of four with the Matsqui Blades, Alanna Kraus joined the Canadian national team in 2000 and quickly established her record as a consistent performer in international events. Alana took home bronze in the 3,000m relay at that year’s World Championships and two years later had qualified for four events at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt lake City, USA. The most notable of her finishes at the 2002 Olympics was bronze in the 3,000m relay. Later that year, Alana earned another bronze medal at that year’s team competitions at the World Championships. Alana’s success continued over the next several years, with her most notable international results including bronze in the 1,500m event at the 2004 World Championships and in the team competitions at the 2005 edition. Alana qualified for two events at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy eventually placing ninth in the 500m event, but taking home silver in the 3,000m relay.

Alana’s team repeated the feat at that year’s World Championships, in addition to taking bronze in the team competitions. Alana continued to compete internationally before retiring in 2008.