Caroll-Ann Alie can't help but feel good about Australia.
It was there that the sailboarder won her first world championship.
Making her third trip to the Olympics, Alie isn't counting on a medal finish, but a top-10 finish would be a good way to end her career. The 40-year-old mother will make the Sydney Olympics her final regatta.
While Alie entered the past two Olympics with nothing but gold in mind, this time she's just looking for a strong finish.
The Gracefield native returned home from both Barcelona (1992) and Atlanta (1996) disappointed after failing to reach the podium, but motherhood has changed her priorities.
This time, the goal is to finish 11th or better. Her top finish at the Games was 12th in Atlanta.
"I'm better than I was in '96," said Alie. "I think I'm tactically smarter. My technique is better than it used to be. I lost two years (from the pregnancy and months after the birth of her son), but I think it made me hungrier and more appreciative of the competition and the lifestyle.
"I think I'm better prepared that way because I really know what I want. I know I'm a darkhorse coming in, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself. That might help my performance tremendously. In the past, I was so blindfolded by just wanting a gold medal."
Alie, a dietician by trade, got a scare 11 months after her son's birth when she realized she was showing signs of anorexia.
"I lost all of my muscle mass and I had to start from scratch."
But she got through the crisis.
Now it's on to Sydney and one final regatta in a place that remains special in her heart.
-- LISA BURKE
-- Ottawa Sun
Women's Mistral: Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., wound up 17th overall.
Women's Mistral (sailboard): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was 17th overall after 10 races.
Women's Mistral (sailboard): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was 18th overall after eight races.
Women's Mistral (board): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was 18th overall after six races.
Women's mistral (board): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was 21st after four races.
Women's Mistral (board): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was ranked 16th after first race.
Women's Mistral (board): Caroll-Ann Alie, Gracefield, Que., was 18th after three races.
2000 Games Sailing Coverage