February 9, 2006
SUN Prediction: Gold Medal
Sun Media

One of Canada's best hopes for gold, Heil will be in action on Feb. 11 -- the first day of competition at the Olympics.

A steely competitor, she is expected to start the medal count for Canada in her second Olympics. Heil, the youngest Canadian athlete at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, narrowly missed the podium in 2002 by 1/100th of a point. It would be a major disappointment if she doesn't get a medal in Turin as she heads into the Games with back-to-back World Cup championships. This season she has reached the podium six times in seven starts, including two gold.

Heil took a year off after the 2002 Olympics to rehabilitate and strengthen her body. She increased her total fitness level and worked on her flexibility, strength and power. Heil then went back to the World Cup circuit and competed with a vengeance.

She made history in 2004 as Canada's first World Cup champion. Last year, she defended her title by making it to the podium six times, winning five gold. In 2005, she also won gold in dual moguls at the world championships.

Heil, who has won four national titles, is ranked

No. 1 in the world heading into the Olympics.

Event Schedule

Sat., Feb. 11

Moguls qualifying

Sat., Feb. 11

Moguls

final

Previous Games

Finished fourth by a ski tip in Salt Lake

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