At five-foot-5 and 120 pounds Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S., is a
lightweight in the world of women's paddling. However she is one of
Canada's Olympic heavyweight medal contenders for gold in kayak doubles 500
event with triple world champion partner Caroline Brunet. The pair reached
new heights at the world championships last year winning the silver medal
Brunet, 31, has adopted Furneax, 22, who is often touted as her eventual
successor on the women's team. Brunet brought Furneaux to Europe to train
with her personal coach Christian Frederiksson of Denmark. They'll travel
together to Sydney two months before the Games to complete their training
"It's been a very good partnership," said Furneaux, a double gold
medallist at the Pan Am Games last year as well. "Everyday we train
together we learn and more and that's very important in a crew boat."
Women's 500m K-2: Karen Furneaux, Waverley, N.S., and Brunet finished fifth in 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
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