Although she didn't match her outstanding 1998 results last season,
Margaret Langford is heading into the Olympic Games supremely confident she
can win a medal. A national team member since 1988, Langford reached two
finals last season on the World Cup circuit. However in 1998 she won her
second career World Cup medal and placed fifth overall, the best ever
finish by a Canadian whitewater paddler on the circuit.
Certainly Langford should know the Sydney course like the back of her hand
at the Olympics. She spent two months this winter training on the
artificial course and returned to Australia for five weeks in March.
"I've had my best winter training ever," said Langford, a member of the
1992 and 1996 Olympic teams. "It was much better being in Australia, than
training in the snow back home. There were several other athletes there as
well and that's a good way of testing yourself against a potential Olympic
Langford absolutely loves the course.
"It's very physical and demanding," she said. "The race will be won or
lost on the bottom half of the course. They've done a fantastic job with
the facility and it's certainly one of my favorites."
Women's K-1: Was 15th in qualifying, advanced to final round.
Women's K-1: Finished 13th in final.
Margaret Langford negotiates the course
Margaret Langford is consoled by coach Vincent Redon
Margaret Langford on the course
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