Sarah Docter-Williams


Inducted May 16, 1992

Sarah was born May 10, 1964. She started her competitive career early on by winning the title of Short Track Midget National Champion in 1975 and 1976, along with Long Track National Champion in 1976 and then Juvenile Short Track Co-Champion in 1977. In 1978, she won Long Track and Short Track National Championships and earned a spot on the World Short Track Team in 1978. At the Worlds event she won the 1500 and 3000m events along with being on the champion relay team. She won the overall Junior World champion in 1981, winning three golds and setting records in each race. She also held a position as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team. Sarah was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 16, 1992 in St. Louis, Missouri.


Sarah Docter won multiple US championships in the mid-1970s in various age groups and in both short- and long-track events. In 1978 she won US titles in both short- and long-track and competed that year at the World Short-Track Championships, where she won the 1,500 and 3,000 metre events, and was on the winning relay team. At long-track she was also outstanding as a junior, placing second at the 1980 World Junior Championships, and winning that title in 1981, when she won three distances, the 1,000, 1,500, and 3,000 m. At the 1981 World Championships, Docter finished third in all-around and was third in both the 1,000 and 3,000 m. Docter also competed as a cyclist and raced once at the World Cycling Championships for women. She later settled in Florida where she has raised a family with her husband. She now runs and competes recreationally, but often wins the women’s division in local road races. Docter’s sister, [Mary], also competed in speed skating at four Winter Olympics.

Personal Bests: 500 42.69 (1982); 1000 1:23.84 (1982); 1500 2:08.37 (1982); 3000  4:28.05 (1982).