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    Monday, February 23, 1998

    Le May Doan unsure of reaction

    By MICHAEL PLATT -- Calgary Sun
      Olympic speed skating star Catriona Le May Doan has no idea she is coming home to a hero's welcome in Calgary, says her husband Bart.
     Despite winning two medals and capturing the hearts of a nation, Bart said Le May Doan is still unsure how the city will react when she comes home this week.
     "There was really no contact with home when we were over there and she couldn't get any news to her to show how Canada felt about her medals," said Bart, who arrived in Calgary yesterday ahead of Catriona.
     "I just told her on the phone that her face is everywhere, but I don't think it has sunk in yet -- but she said she is excited to come back to Calgary."
     Bart described how his wife went from thrill to thrill in Nagano, from winning the 500 m gold and 1000 m bronze, to carrying Canada's flag in the closing ceremonies.
     "She was so proud to carry the flag, but also a bit upset because she wanted to walk with the whole team," said Bart.
     Meanwhile, Premier Ralph Klein is applauding Calgary for providing the training that allowed athletes like Le May Doan, Susan Auch and others to excel in Nagano.
     "The sport legacy of the Calgary Winter Olympic Games certainly proved their worth, particularly with respect to speed skating and bobsleigh," he said.