There are some great rivalries in track cycling. None are better than in
the women's match sprint event. The Olympic Games in Sydney should
determine who is the best. Tanya Dubnicoff of Winnipeg, multiple world
champion Felicia Ballanger of France or Michelle Ferris of Australia.
Dubnicoff, Canada's golden girl at the Pan Am Games held in her hometown
last summer, confirmed she is an Olympic medal threat at the world
championships in October placing third in the match sprint event. It was
the second straight year she earned a world championship bronze. Back in
1993 she claimed the world title then struggled over the next five years to
regain the same level.
She left Winnipeg to train at the National Sport Centre in Calgary under
former national team athlete Kurt Innes. She only competed in one World
Cup event in 1998 as she focused primarily on increasing her fitness level.
Then in 1999 she trained side-by-side with the men's team. The hard work
paid off and all Canadians witnessed her pedaling power as she crushed the
opposition at the Pan Am Games. Dubnicoff, 30, competes aboard a
custom-made Look bicycle valued at $15,000.
Women's sprint: Tanya Dubnicoff, Winnipeg, finished seventh overall.
Women's sprint: Tanya Dubnicoff, Winnipeg, lost best-of-three quarter-final 2-0 to Iryna Yanovych, Ukraine, eliminated.
Women's 500-metre time trial: Placed eighth in final.
Women's sprint: Placed third among 12 rivals in qualifying, advanced to quarter-finals.
Winnipeg's Tanya Dubnicoff races
Dubnicoff after finishing seventh
Canada's Tanya Dubnicoff at the start
Winnipeg's Tanya Dubnicoff plays catch-up
Dubnicoff cools down
Tanya Dubnicoff on her mark
Dubnicoff & Muenzer follow the motorcycle
2000 Games Cycling Coverage