Waneek Horn-Miller earns glowing reports for her athletic abilities, but lately it's what she's doing out of the pool that's been making headlines.
Horn-Miller, one of Canada's top water polo players, grabbed national attention after posing nude for the cover of Time magazine.
It's not the first time the 24-year-old native of Kahnawake, Que., has been in the spotlight.
Ten years ago, she was photographed moments after being stabbed in the chest by the bayonet of a Canadian soldier in the wild confusion that ended the Oka Crisis, the land-rights battle at the Quebec reservation.
The experience made the young girl realize the importance of life.
An avid swimmer, Horn-Miller took up water polo in a desire to lose the monotony of laps.
She was a natural.
Horn-Miller helped Canada place fifth at the 1995 world junior championship, and was instrumental in Carleton winning two Ontario university titles.
In 1996, she was named to the national senior women's team, which was fifth at the 1997 and 1999 FINA Cup meets for the world's top countries. At the latter, Canada qualified for the Sydney Olympics, and followed with a gold medal at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg.
This year marks the Olympics debut of women's water polo and the Canadian team is considered a medal hopeful.
David Hart, co-coach of the Canadian team, believes Horn-Miller is one of the world's top players. "She has a powerful shooting arm," he said. "Anything within 10 metres has to be taken seriously."
Horn-Miller's fiercely competitive nature earned her the honour of being named co-captain of the Canadian team. "She offers great leadership," said Hart. "She always puts the team first."
-- LISA BURKE
-- Ottawa Sun
Canada def. Kazakhstan 9-8 in overtime to finish fifth in standings.
Canada lost 7-4 to Australia, dropping to 1-2-2 in round-robin play.
Women: Canada lost 7-4 to the Netherlands, dropping to 1-1-2 in round-robin play.
Canada def. Kazakhstan 10-3 in round-robin play for one win and two ties in three games.
Canada tied U.S. 8-8 in second preliminary game.
Waneek Horn-Miller loses a battle
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