2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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How great was Catriona LeMay Doan in 1998?: Olympic champion, world champion, World Cup champion. She won it all.
Most Canadians best remember the Saskatoon native's exploits at the Nagano Games. She took the gold medal in the 500 metres defeating teammate Susan Auch in a wildly exciting race watched by over a million Canadians in the middle of the night. She then captured a bronze in the 1,000 metres.
But anyone who followed LeMay Doan throughout the season was far from shocked with her phenomenal success in Nagano.
There were many other highlights for the 28-year-old Calgary resident in 1998. She ended a long Canadian drought at the world sprint championships claiming the overall gold, a first for Canada since Gaetan Boucher in 1984. Meanwhile she outrageously dominated the World Cup circuit claiming both the 500 and 1,000 metre World Cup crowns. She lost only once in eight 500 metre races.
"I'm at the top and I want to stay there," she said. "One of the things I was most proud of in 1998 was my consistency. You can have a great race here and there but to be that strong week in and week out made everything even more special."
Off the ice, LeMay Doan is also a public speaker for the Athletes in Action and part of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport "Spirit of Sport" campaign. In addition she was named the honorary spokesperson for the 1999 Canada Games in Corner Brook, Nfld. LeMay Doan competed at both the summer (as a track and field athlete) and winter Canada Games.