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