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Monday, August 25, 1997
PROFILE: Caroline Brunet
Brunet makes waves at worlds in Nova Scotia

DARTMOUTH, N.S. (CP) -- Caroline Brunet is taking a well-deserved break after her dominating performance at the world canoe and kayak championships.

"I'm relieved that it's over," Brunet, 28, of Lac Beauport, Que., said after winning her third gold medal on Lake Banook. "I wanted to come here and do very well."

And that she did. The national team veteran won all three women's singles titles, becoming the first Canadian paddler to win three gold world medals in the sport, and the first Canadian woman to win a K-1 world title.

She won the 1,000-metre title Saturday and yesterday added the 500- and 200-metre titles.

"After the thousand, I felt very confident that maybe I could win the three events," said the Laval University science student, 28, who may take time off from the sport before resuming her quest to be a 2000 Olympic champion in Australia. "I knew I had a good shot at it.

10 YEARS

It took Brunet 10 years of racing internationally to reach the summit in kayak singles.

She first represented Canada in K-1 at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and has raced the 500 at every world championship and Olympic Games since then.

She has won nine world championship medals in the last four years, in addition to an Olympic silver last year in Atlanta in the 500 - the only K-1 Olympic event.

"I think it's safe to say it was Caroline Brunet's coming out party at the world championships," said Canadian team leader Rob Sleeth. "The torch has been thrown to her for the future.

Toronto's Danica Rice, Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S., Corrina Kennedy of Saskatoon and Marie-Josee Gibeau-Ouimet of Montreal took silver in the women's K-4 200.

Caroline Brunet in the news
Brunet shows good form
Brunet powers into a pair of finals
Brunet tabbed as golden girl of Canada's team
Brunet in pictures
The flag bearer
Racing
On the podium
Gold in '97
Sponsorship deal
Waving the flag
A flag & a team
In profile