As the Men’s Hockey Qualification Round Continues, many eyes will be focused on the Hockey rink, but just as many should be on Clara Hughes in what will be the last event of our country’s flag bearer. She may be overshadowed through by the Woman’s Aerial Team of Bauer, Guerin and Peterson who are looking to get two Canadians on the podium in an event.
When it comes to sports, simply put, Clara Hughes is a Canadian Hero.
Hughes, an 18-time Canadian national cycling champion, won the silver medal at the 1995 World Cycling Championships (Time Trial). She participated at the 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2003 Pan American Games and won eight Pan American Games medals, Also competing in the 1990, 1994, and 2002 Commonwealth Games, Hughes won gold in the time trial and bronze in the points race on the velodrome. Hughes participated in the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, winning two bronze medals at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, in the individual road race and the individual time trial. A four-time participant of the women’s Tour de France, Hughes has won the 1994 Women’s Challenge and the 1997 Liberty Classic.
She became the second speed skater to win medals in the Summer and Winter Games — Christa Luding-Rothenburger won a gold in the 1000 m speed skating and silver in the 1000 m cycling sprint in 1988. She became the fourth person and second woman to win medals at the Summer and Winter Games. In 2006, she was the only Olympian to have won multiple medals at the Summer Games as well as at the Winter Games. In 2006, although she had not been asked, she announced she would not carry the Canadian flag during the Opening Ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. At those Olympics, she won her first gold medal in the 5000 m and a silver medal in the team pursuit as part of the Canadian team. She earned her fifth Olympic medal at the 2006 Games, tying the total medal count record going into the Games held by Marc Gagnon and Phillip Edwards. However Klassen won five medals in Turin, for a total of six. On January 29, 2010, she was announced as the Canadian Flag Bearer for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
This team has heart, the heart of Veronika Bauer who is fighting back from a almost career ending concussion. The heart of of Amber Peterson and Sabrina Guerin who has flirted with podium success but have yet to hit the medal standings on the World Cup Circuit. Hell, even 22 year old Genevieve Tougas who had her personal best just a month ago at the World Cup in Calgary. Unfortunately for the Women’s Aerial Team, the story this year has been more about the heart of the team, than the success and results that they have produced. Bauer is in her third Olympics and has yet to have success at the Games, yet she is a former World Champ in 2001, a silver medalist in 2003, and has 18 medals on the World Cup Circuit… yet just like every other Canadian, can’t perform on the big stage even though she’s made both finals. Bauer is the biggest medal hopeful for us in the Women’s Aerials and she was heading towards one of her best seasons ever until she hit her head in a training routine on the Olympic Course at Cypress months ago. It’s Guerin’s third season on the national team, while Peterson is a seven-year vet.
Events Of The Day *REPRESENTS IF A MEDAL IS AVAILABLE
Alpine Skiing – Woman’s Giants Slalom *
Cross Country Skiing – Mens 4X10km Relay *
Bobsleigh – Woman’s Bobsleigh *
Freestyle Skiing – Woman’s Aerials *
Long Track Speedskating – Woman’s 5000 Meter *
Short Track Speed Skating – Men’s 500 Meter, Woman’s 1000 Meter & Woman’s 3000 Meter Relay *
Hockey – Men’s Hockey (Qualification Round)
Curling – Men’s and Woman’s Curling
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