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    VERONICA BRENNER

     Veronica Brenner of Sharon, Ont., became the first Canadian woman since Meredith Gardner in 1987-88 to claim the women's World Cup aerials title last season. Brenner, 23, posted four World Cup victories but managed only a third at the world championships held on the Olympic Nagano course. She burst on the international stage two seasons ago with four World Cup wins for second overall.
      But Brenner, a very self-critical athlete, is not certain this success can carry over in 1997-98. She has relied on a very conservative strategy the past two seasons. She executes less difficult jumps very well and hopes the other women attempting more daring manoeuvres score poorly. That plan backfired at the worlds when Australia's Kirstie Marshall won the gold medal because her jumps had a higher degree of difficulty. This off-season, with the Olympics on the horizon the women are attempting, and apparently, landing more difficult jumps. So Brenner has been working hard on the water ramp this summer to perfect a double flip with three twists. It appears for now, whichever woman executes that jump the best in Nagano, will win the Olympic gold medal.