If there was a ranking for Canada's top gold medal hopes at the at the 2000
Olympic Games, kayaker Caroline Brunet of Lac-Beauport, Que., would be
Who can argue with these numbers since her Olympic silver medal in 1996:
triple world champion in 1997; double world champion in 1998; triple world
champion in 1999. Unfortunately at the Olympics, Brunet won't likely win
three gold medals because there are less events than at a world
championships. She is in contention for top honors at the Games in the
kayak singles 500-metres and the kayak doubles 500 with partner Karen
Furneaux of Waverley, N.S.
One of the keys at last year's worlds in Milan was beating defending
Olympic champion Rita Koban of Hungary in the K-1 500. "She hadn't been at
the last two world championships so that was definitely the strongest field
I had faced since the Olympics," said Brunet, 31, who'll be making her
fourth Olympic appearance in Sydney.
Competing in a low profile sport means Brunet, the 1999 Lou Marsh Trophy
winner as Canada's outstanding athlete, is often scrambling for funds to
maintain her full-time training regimen. She took a major financial hit
last year when her main sponsor filed for financial protection from its
creditors. She trains in Europe under Christian Frederiksson of Denmark,
a former world champion and her plan is to arrive in Australia two months
before the Olympics, to complete her training phase.
Women's 500m K-1: Caroline Brunet, Lac-Beauport, Que., won silver medal.
Women's 500m K-2: Karen Furneaux, Waverley, N.S., and Brunet finished fifth in final.
Women's K-1, 500m: Caroline Brunet, Lac-Beauport, Que., finished first in heat, advanced to final.
Women's K-2, 500m: Karen Furneaux, Waverley, Que., and Caroline Brunet were third in heat, advanced to final.
Canada's team of Brunet and Furneaux
2000 Games Canoe & Kayak Coverage
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