Two seasons ago Catriona Le May Doan of Saskatoon emerged as one of the top
sprinters in the world. She won six World Cup medals and placed third in
the 500 metre standings. She capped the campaign with gold in the same
event at the world sprint championships. In 1996-97, she posted
respectable World Cup results but stepped on the podium only once. She did
take a silver however at the world sprint championships, the most important
meet of the year. "I improved in a lot of areas last year," said Le May
Doan, 27, a born-again Christian. "Even though on paper it says it isn't
as good as the year before I was definitely very satisfied with the season.
I think I've made a big step towards this winter." Le May Doan's 1994
Olympic experience is one she'd rather forget. She simply went out too fast
and crashed early in the 500 metre race.