February 10, 2006
Gimme chocolate!
TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun

BARDONECCHIA, Italy -- The chocolate bar was invented in Turin. And Jenn Heil can't find one here.

This is breaking news because getting her chocolate fix apparently is the biggest concern of the Spruce Grove moguls skier, who is the lead-off medal hope for Canada at the 20th Olympic Winter Games.

"It's my comfort food. And you can't find it anywhere up here," she said of the satellite athletes village in the mountains here, a couple hours outside of Turin yesterday.

"I have to have my chocolate."

There's no panic attack about going to the freestyle ski venue here tomorrow as the 2004-05 World Cup champion and current World Cup leader, is the favourite to win gold.

"I'm really excited I have the opportunity. I've been training really hard. I'm feeling very good.

"The course is one where having strength and speed is an advantage, so I'm happy with that as well."

Heil remembers herself as the 18-year-old who in the final 48 hours before finishing fourth and missing a medal by 1/100th of a point at Salt Lake 2002, was in awe of everything around her.

"It was my first Games," she said.

"Everything looked really big.

"The Olympics are really big but coming to these Olympics don't impress me like Salt Lake."