2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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Caroline Brunet - Sprint Kayak
Nominated by the Canadian Canoe AssociationAfter years of single-minded pursuit of athletic excellence, Caroline Brunet of Lac Beauport, Que., is reaping the rewards every high performance athlete craves. During 12 years as Canada's top-ranked woman kayaker, she has amassed the astonishing total of nine gold, four silver, and three bronze world championship medals, not to mention an Olympic silver medal won in K-1 500m in Atlanta. Overcoming the constant pain of a badly callused backside that makes sitting painful, Brunet enjoyed her best season ever in 1999, powering to world titles in K-1 1000m, 500m, and 100m and taking the silver medal in K-2 500m with Karen Furneaux of Waverley, N.S. Her triumph in Milan, Italy, enters the sport history books as one of the greatest performances ever by a Canadian athlete.
Particularly dramatic was the 1000m race. In what she described as "one of the toughest races I've ever been involved in," Brunet put on a late-race spurt to overtake the leader with 200m to go. "Every time I tried to get by her, she just worked harder. I needed an extra effort at the end to win." And what an effort it was.
Brunet is now perfectly positioned to step to the podium in Sydney, her fourth consecutive Olympic Games appearance. The only question is, How many times will she make the trip?
At the peak of her form, Brunet, whose commitment to training is as impressive as her talent, consistently breaks the barrier with her performances. Her amazing feats have not gone unnoticed. She was honoured with a Canadian Sport Award for Outstanding Female Athlete in 1997 and was a finalist for the same award in 1998.