2000 Canadian Sport Awards
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National Women's Short Track Speed Skating Team
Nominated by the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating AssociationIsabelle Charest and Christine Boudrias of Montreal, Annie Perreault of Rock Forest, Que., Tania Vicent of Laval Que., and Marie-Eve Drolet of Chicoutimi, Que., edged a strong South Korean team by one point to win the overall silver medal at the 1999 World Short Track Team Championships in St. Louis.
Racing in heats and earning points based on the results, the plucky Canadians completed all their races without any falls or disqualifications, no mean feat in this risky and unpredictable sport. National coach Guy Thibault says that one of the team's great strengths is the excellent communication between them, which makes them perennial threats in the showcase relay event. Although a medal was expected, he calls the silver a real bonus because "We didn't think we could beat Korea."
The hard-working Charest, who has Olympic and world championship medals and a world record to her credit, led Canada with second-place finishes in the 500-metre and 1000-metre events.
Olympic champion Perreault, who has enjoyed many brilliant moments in the course of her 12 years on the national team, skated to second place in the 1000 and third place in the 500.
Vicent, who trains in Calgary with national coach Marcel Lacroix and is a veteran of world championship and Olympic competition, took second in the 500.
Drolet rounded out the Canadian performance with a third in the 3000. The youngest member of the team, 17-year-old Drolet is rapidly living up to expectations. She claimed the women's overall title at the world junior championships in January, the first Canadian woman to ever capture the title.