February 17, 2006
Winnipeggers share medal, spirit
PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

TURIN -- For Cindy Klassen, it's yet another step toward apparent stardom.

For Clara Hughes, it's the continuation of an incredible journey that could be down to its final stop.

For Shannon Rempel, it's only the beginning.

Three Winnipeggers, three very different takes on an Olympic silver medal.

"It's been going really well," Klassen said after the women's pursuit team earned a speed skating silver, her second medal in two events. "I hope it keeps going that way."

Next up for the 26-year-old: the 1,000 metres on Sunday, followed by her specialty, the 1,500, next Wednesday.

Hughes, meanwhile, is up to four Olympic medals -- two Summer, two Winter -- but down to one event: her specialty, the 5,000, Feb. 25.

At 33, it could be her last as an Olympian.

But she's enjoying this one, first.

"This is totally unique and special," Hughes said. "These are the kind of things we need to share with all the kids watching these Olympics in Canada."

Hughes may embody the Olympic ideal as much as anybody.

She found out just how far the Games' magic can reach. Even as far as the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyuktuk.

"A First Nations man came off the boat," Hughes said. "Walked right up to me and shook my hand, and said, 'Thank you, thank you for everything you've done for this country.' I didn't think anyone there would recognize me. It just showed me how far sport spreads. It inspired me as an athlete to continue to do what I do, the way that I do it."

Rempel can only dream of touching so many.

At 21, who knows what her future holds.

"It's nice to come home with your first Olympic medal," she said, "This is really cool."

Three Winnipeggers, chipping in to win one medal for Canada.

That's pretty cool, too.







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