Clara Hughes, (born 1972) is a Canadian cyclist and speed skater, who has won multiple Olympic medals in both sports. Hughes won two bronze in the Summer Olympics in 1996 and four medals (one gold, one silver, two bronze) over the course of three Winter Olympics.
Clara Hughes was named to both the Order of Manitoba and as an Officer of the Order of Canada Clara is involved with Right To Play, which is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sports to encourage the development of youth in disadvantaged areas.
Clara uses her past struggles with depression to relate to others and to help combat issues including the stigma involved with mental health issues. “Hughes battles deep depression, which threatens to derail her life. Since 2013, Hughes has initiated annual bike rides across Canada in order to raise awareness about mental health.