CANOE NAGANO '98 ISP DIRECTORY
Veronica Brenner - Freestyle Skiing
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.