Saturday, February 25, 2006

Clara Hughes - from cycling to speed skating

In the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta Clara Hughes won two bronze medals in cycling (road race and time trial). In 2000 she took up speed skating. She qualified for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and won a surprising bronze medal on the 5000 m, becoming the second speed skater wo win medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Tonight the she dethroned german Claudia Pechstein from the Olympic 5000 m podium. Pechstein has won three consecutive titles, but head-to-head to Hughes she lost her fourth title by 1.01 second.

This photo is taken after the Team Pursuit event, where Hughes skated on the Canadian team that lost the final to Germany. Tonight Hughes got her revenge!


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