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The Way to Sydney

Pedal to the medal
Alison Sydor is 34 years old and at the top of her game, whistling down crazy mountain slopes with calculated precision and a cool spirit. She's the queen of hazardous descents. She burns her thighs to churn up steep slopes, just so that she can rush down the other side, bumping over knarly tree roots and unforgiving rocks with a meticulous plan. She almost never crashes. (Globe and Mail) - Sep. 12, 2000
Exposure good for water polo?
For Horn-Miller, 24, the decision to pose in the buff while representing her Mohawk heritage and Canadian citizenship was not made lightly. First, she talked to her mother and family. Then she talked to her boyfriend. Then she talked to her teammates, who agreed that exposure of any kind was good for a sport about to make its Olympic debut in Sydney. (Globe and Mail ) - Sep. 12, 2000
Marnie Mcbean pulls out of the Games
Nothing hurts as much as quitting. Marnie McBean has 12 Olympic and world championship medals, but yesterday the tearful rower said she was leaving the sport she loved for the future she craves.  She told The Globe and Mail from her dimly lit room at the Canadian team's Australian training centre that she wants a future, not just a string of tarnished medals and memories. (Globe and Mail) - August 30, 2000
Paralympians go for the gold in Sydney
Canada's team, formally announced yesterday at a news conference on Parliament Hill, will be part of a Games that will feature 4,000 athletes from 130 countries. The 2000 Sydney Paralympics are expected to draw more than one million spectators and an estimated television audience of 50 million. The total budget is $110 million U.S. (Ottawa Citizen) - August 29, 2000
Canada loses to the USA again in basketball
Yolanda Griffith said the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team had a goal for Saturday night's game against Canada. The U.S. team easily outscored Canada 90-51. (Globe and Mail) - August 28, 2000
Toronto 2008 in the running
Less than three weeks before the opening ceremony in Sydney, the International Olympic Committee is already turning its attention to Summer Games eight years away. The IOC executive board meets Monday to name a shortlist of bid cities for the 2008 Games. - August 27, 2000
Trapshooter's work pays off
Susan Nattrass is 49 years old, and she'll be going to her fourth Olympic Games in Sydney. Really, they are her Games. The Alberta-born trapshooter feels like a proud mother because, for the first time, female competitors in trap and skeet will have their own event. And Nattrass made it happen, by riding shotgun for five years on international officials who were reluctant to change. (Globe and Mail) - August 23, 2000
Waterpolo on TV
A half hour CBC documentary on the Women's National Water Polo team will air on CBC TV, Saturday, August 26th, at 17:30 (Montreal time). Also note, that Cyndie Flett, CAC consultant and former coach of the national junior womens water polo team, will be a CBC Television Sports colour commentator at the Sydney Olympics. - August 23, 2000
Coach travels to Sydney with 5-month-old daughter
Jo-Anne Burleigh, an assistant coach with the Women’s Paralympic Basketball Team, is a new mom, and her husband, James Treuer, a member of the Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball team. Thanks to CAAWS and a number of other organizations,  5 month-old Rylie will be making the trip to Sydney with mom. - August 21, 2000
Jeason 2nd in Mount Washington Cycling World Cup
Genevieve Jeanson of Lachine, Que., finished second to defending Olympic champion Jeannie Longo at the Mount Washington cycling road race on Saturday. Jeanson, who saw her event record eclipsed by Longo, finished in a time of one hour 14 seconds. Longo, a native of France, won the 12.2-kilometre race in 58:14, breaking Jeanson's record of 1:01:57, set last year. (Montreal Gazette) - August 21, 2000
Australian community adopts Canadian Olympic rowing team
The friendly Queensland city of Rockhampton built a $200,000 training centre for the Canadian rowing team. This is an even more stunning gesture when you realize that the centre was custom built for the Canadian team to prepare for the Sydney Olympic Games. It is the equivalent of a Montreal suburb paying for a Toronto Maple Leafs training arena. - August 21, 200
Caroline Brunet is flag-bearer
This time, there was no controversy when Canada announced it's flag-bearer for the Olympic opening ceremonies - Caroline Brunet of Lac-Beauport, Que. Federal sports minister Denis Coderre was "proud" that the announcement on Tuesday was done in French and English and Brunet was "thrilled" to accept the honour. August 17, 2000

Hartley wins gold at World Junior Diving
Blythe Hartley of North Vancouver, B.C., successfully defended her women's one-metre title Wednesday at the world junior diving championships. Hartley, 19, totalled 400.57 points for the win. Her best dive was her first one in the final, an inward 11/2 which earned her a string of 8.0s from the judges. - August 16, 2000

Nolden never doubted herself
For two months, Shauna Nolden heard she didn't belong on the Canadian Olympic swimming team coaching staff. The 27-year-old Torontonian's sentiment was validated last weekend when a three-person committee reappointed her to the staff. -  August 11, 2000
Rolland thrown a lifeline - Limpert's offer salvages dream
Nadine Rolland alone couldn't save her Olympic dreams from sinking. But Marianne Limpert's kind sacrifice brought them safely above water.At last weekend's Olympic swim trials at the Pan Am Pool, Limpert of Fredericton, N.B., finished in a first-place tie with Montreal teen Jenna Gresdal in the 50-metre freestyle event.  - August 9, 2000
Canadian ice queen to touch base in Sydney
An Olympic medal in hockey wasn't enough for Hayley Wickenheiser. She wants one in softball, too. Not so long ago, Hayley Wickenheiser was dragging her teammates on Canada's hockey team outside to help her work on fly balls and grounders. - August 6, 2000

Kayak medal within reach of Langford
As the Sydney Games draw closer, Canadian Margaret Langford has let the kayaking community know she will be in the hunt for Olympic gold. She had her best result of the season yesterday, a fourth-place finish against a tough international field. - July 31, 2000

'The experience of a lifetime'
Sonia Jean-Philippe first heard about the contest only a week before its June 11 entry deadline, and it took her a few days of careful consideration before she finally put her thoughts on paper. - 31 July 2000

Water-polo Team gets silver
The Canadian women's water-polo team returned from a pre-Olympic tournament to their Montreal training headquarters yesterday with silver medals - and no shortage of motivation to even the score with their archrival American opponents two months down the road in Sydney.  Canada fell 5-4 to the U.S. in the gold-medal match of the Holiday Cup Sunday night before a sellout crowd of 2,200 at Los Alamitos, Calif. (Montreal Gazette) - July 12, 2000
Team Canada misses final at Canada Cup
Team Canada was eliminated by Team Texas by a close score of 2-1 in the second round of the playoffs. Canada was ahead by one run after two and a half innings with the score 1-0. The damage came in the bottom of the 5th inning when with 1out, Team Texas hit a single to 3rd, followed by a bunt out, hit another single to 3rd and with a hit to centrefield scored two runs. - July 12, 2000
Montgomery and Donnelly tune up for Olympic triathlon
Canadian female triathletes are sporting a golden Olympic glow, especially after they delivered a thrashing to some of the world's best at a World Cup event. Carol Montgomery of North Vancouver, B.C., and Toronto native Sharon Donnelly finished 1-2 after the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre cycle and 10-kilometre run on Saturday, while Michellie Jones of Australia, ranked No. 1 in the world, ended up fourth. (Globe and Mail) - July 10, 2000
Waterpolo Team comes back with a win against The Netherlands
A day after a lost against the USA, the Canadian women's waterpolo team defeated The Netherlands 5 to 4 Wednesday, at the Los Alamitos Holiday Cup. Montreal's Ann Dow, with two goals in the first half, and goalkeepers Josée Marsolais and Isabelle Auger played a great match. Calgary's Cora Campbell, Johanne Bégin from Ste-Foy and Waneek Horn-Miller from Kanawake completed the score for Canada. - July 7, 2000
Canada into playoffs at Canada Cup softball
Canada placed 2nd in their pool after losing to Team Japan by a score of 4 - 1 and will face Phoenix Storm in first game of playoffs. - July 7, 2000
Brunet proves she is the favourite
If there was any doubt - and there should have been none - perennial world champion Caroline Brunet has established herself absolutely as the paddler to beat at September's Sydney Olympic Games. (Montreal Gazette) - June 26, 2000
Robinson and Luke win silver at Vienna World Cup
Emma Robinson and Theresa Luke finished in eight minutes 6.3 seconds while the Australian team of Kate Slatter and Rachel Taylor was first in 8:03.7. A German boat was third in 8:09.06. Canada's second entry in the women's pair, Kubet Weston of Tillsonburg, Ont. and Kristen Wall of Victoria finished ninth. - June 26, 2000
Basketball team loses 3 straight to Austrailia
Australia defeated Canada 78-54 Friday to sweep a three-game women's basketball series. Cal Bouchard of Aurora, Ont., led Canada with nine points while Fredericton's Diane Norman had eight points.  Canadian head coach Bev Smith said, "The Australian squad is a step ahead of us but we'll see where we are in September. We've improved since we arrived in Australia and now we have a measuring stick." - June 23, 2000
Canadian women's softball on TV
Canada will play New Zealand in the CBC live telecast of the semi-final game at 1pm on Saturday. The winner of the semi-final game will play Australia in the final game at 3:45pm on Saturday following the semi-finals. - June 23, 2000
Basketball team gets bronze at Down Under tournament
The Canadian national women's basketball team imposed their style of play on Slovakia and came away with a 55-43 victory to capture the bronze medal at the World Slam Down Under in Sydney, Australia. Canada's intense defence created difficulties for the Slovakians and their activity on the boards gave Canada an 18-12 advantage in the first half. - June 18, 2000
Wheelchair basketball team drops game to Aussies
Canada's women's national wheelchair basketball team continued their Australian tour Friday at the Sydney SuperDome with an interesting 34-43 loss to their Aussie hosts. The Canadians were able to try a number of different lineup combinations as well as give everyone significant minutes yet were still in a position to win the game in the late stages. - June 17, 2000
Dubnicoff out of medal hunt at World Cup
In the women's match sprint, Tanya Dubnicoff of Winnipeg lost her quarterfinal race to Lyndell Higginson of Australia, the winner at the second World Cup last month in Cali, Colombia. Dubnicoff, who is already qualified for the Olympics, is relegated to the fifth to eighth place playoffs on Saturday. - June 17, 2000
Beach volleyball player suffers concussion
Kristine Drakich collided with her partner in a tournament on Thursday. She had taken a leave of absence from the University of Toronto to try to make the Olympic team, but the accident will make her job much more difficult. She and Erminia Russo were on the verge of qualifying, with eight tournaments left on the Olympic tour. They are currently ranked 29th in the world, but only the top 24 will make it to Sydney. (Globe and Mail) - June 17, 2000
Olympic Softball Rooster down to 17
Seventeen members from the Women's Olympic Pool have one more chance to showcase their skills before the final selection of the Women's National Softball Team who will represent Canada at the 2000 Olympic Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. The 3 Nations Challenge will be the final event in the selection process for Canada's 15-member Olympic Roster and will feature 3 of the 8 Women's National Softball Teams heading to the 2000 Olympics. Canada, Australia and New Zealand - June 14, 2000
Olympic basketball team loses first game
The Canadian women's national basketball team dropped the opening game at the World Slam Down Under in Sydney, Australia today to Slovakia, 56-46. - June 14, 2000
Wheelchair basketball team wins first game
The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball team, competing in the EnergyAustralia Slam Down Under, opened up their 5 game series against Team Australia in Sydney, Tuesday with a convincing 56-40 victory. The Canadians were sharp, shooting 47% from the floor despite arriving in Australia from Vancouver on Monday morning. - June 13, 2000
Sydor wins silver at World Mountain Bike
Alison Sydor won a silver medal in the women's cross country event to conclude the world mountain bike championships. "A silver medal is a great achievement, so I'm very happy," said Sydor, also second last year and world champion in 1994, 1995 and 1996. "It was hard, and in the last lap I had a good fight with Paola. - June 13, 2000
Volleyball team loses to Crotia
The Canadian women's volleyball team was swept in straight sets (17-25, 20-25, 18-25) by Croatia at the Montreux Valley Masters Tournament on Friday. The tournament is a tune-up before the women's Olympic qualifier in Tokyo, June 17 to 25. - June 2, 2000
Olympic basketball team announced
As rebuilding programs go, it was a quick one. In 1996, the Canadian women's basketball team endured a horrible time at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, finishing 11th out of 12 teams. When head coach Bev Smith was brought in to coach the team in 1997, she decided to go with a younger look. It has worked so far. (Globe and Mail) - June 1, 2000
Schalm wins World Cup fencing
Sherraine Schalm of Ottawa won the gold medal in women's epee yesterday in a senior World Cup event in Seville, Spain. Schalm's triumph marked the first victory by a Canadian woman in any World Cup fencing event.  She now returns to Ottawa to prepare for the Olympics.  (Ottawa Citizen) - May 30, 2000
Brunet wins three gold in paddling
Caroline Brunet, one of Canada's top hopes for Olympic gold this fall, earned three victories and added a bronze in Sunday's finals at the third stop on the World Cup paddling circuit. Brunet placed first in the all important K-1 500 metres, which is an Olympic event, clocking one minute and 59.655 seconds. Josefa Idem of Germany was second and Katrin Borchert of Australia was third. (Ottawa Citizen) - May 30, 2000
Canadian cyclists gear up
Cyclists Lyne Bessette and Genevieve Jeanson are rivals, but they're hoping to find themselves as teammates come September, when the Olympic Games are held in Sydney, Australia. Bessette, a 25-year-old from Knowlton, and Jeanson, the 19-year-old wunderkind from Lachine, will be the local favourites in the World Cup women's road race that will be held tomorrow over Mount Royal. (Montreal Gazette) - May 27, 2000


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