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Date of Birth: 27/09/72
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, MB
Hometown: Winnipeg, MB
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 144 lbs
Years on National Team: 10
 Double Olympic bronze medallist Clara Hughes is back and eager to win more Olympic medals this fall in Sydney. Less than two years ago, Hughes' career was hanging in the balance

 She battled retra-calcanal bursitis, a nagging ankle ailment for most of 1998 and actually retired for a certain period. She resumed her training in January 1999 and had mixed results that season. She swept gold at nationals but struggled a month later at the Pan Am Games in her hometown. Then a week before the world championships she was hit by a car while training but still competed and finished seventh in the time trial.

 Hughes' 2000 highlight so far was winning the final stage in spectacular fashion at the Tour de l'Aude in France. She also rode one of her best career time trials at the national championships. She's a confident cyclist heading to Sydney.

 "I feel confident I can win a medal at the Games," she said "I wouldn't be here if I didn't think I had a chance."

 After the 2000 Games Hughes has announced her plans to pursue a career in long track speed skating. She wouldn't be the first world-class athlete to successfully make that sporting transition. Winnipeg's Susan Auch, who won two Olympic medals in speed skating, got her start on a bicycle and actually tried to make the 2000 cycling track team.

 Eric Heiden of the U.S., who swept all five speed skating golds at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., went on to ride in the Tour de France and Chris Witty of the U.S., a two-time Olympic medallist at the Nagano Olympics in long track speed skating is headed to Sydney with the American cycling track team.

 Hughes doesn't know if she can reach those lofty plateaus. "First I have to learn to skate again," she said. "But you never know. I think God put each of us on the earth to be the best we can be, and if your put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything."

2000 Games
Sept. 30: Women's individual time trial: Clara Hughes, Winnipeg, finished sixth in final.
Sept. 26: Women's road race: Clara Hughes, Winnipeg, wound up 43rd in final.

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Canada's Clara Hughes races
Canada's Clara Hughes and Genevieve Jeanson lead the pack
Clara Hughes rides off the course


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