February 14, 2006
Silver sprint for Scott, Renner
Sun Media
Becky Scott (left) of Vermillion, Alberta and Sara Renner of Canmore, Alberta show off their silver medals after winning the women's team sprint cross-country skiing competition at the Olympic Games in Pragaleto Plan, Italy on Tuesda, February 14, 2006.(CP PHOTO/Frank Gunn)

TURIN, Italy -- It's not likely Sara Renner's husband will ever forget Valentine's Day again.

Not when it will also be a celebration of the silver medal Renner and teammate Beckie Scott won today in the women's cross-country sprint in Pragelato.

Renner's husband, though, was at least nearby. He is Canadian skier Thomas Grandi, who will also compete in these Olympics. He watched the race from his hotel.

"He said the whole ski team was going crazy and he has never been so stressed out," Renner said. "He forgot it was Valentine's Day. I told him I bought the present this year."

The present nearly never came, however, after Renner's ski pole broke during her second leg of the six-leg relay. But a friendly Norwegian coach handed her another one and she was able to continue.

"I broke my pole and didn't know what to think," Renner, of Canmore, Alta., said. "The next thing I knew a Norwegian coach passed me a pole, but it was a man's pole and about 10 centimetres too long, but it is ski racing."

Renner had been leading at the time and dropped to fourth, but Scott, skiing next - the pair alternated three legs each of the 1.1-kilometre circuit - quickly caught the leaders and the Canadian pair remained there until being edge at the finish line.

Scott, 31, and Renner, 30, finished in a time of 16 minutes, 37.5 seconds, a mere 0.6 seconds behind the gold-medal Swedish pair of Anna Dahlberg and Lina Andersson (16:36.9). Finland's Aino Kaisa Saarinen and Virpi Kuitunen, who entered this event as the favourites, took the bronze (16:39.2).

"I wanted to catch up to the leaders when we fell behind and I double-poled like crazy," Scott said. "I still can't feel my arms."

For Scott, of Vermilion, Alta., it makes up for Sunday's disappointing sixth-place showing in the women's 15-kilometre pursuit, the event in which she won gold in the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.

"I am absolutely thrilled," said Scott, who originally won bronze in 2002 but was bumped up to gold after two the Russians who placed ahead of her were disqualified for doping violations. "We would have loved the gold, but will definitely take the silver. To be able to do it with my teammate Sara, we've been together so long, makes it that more special."

Renner, who was 16th on Sunday, said today will help erase those performances from their minds.

"I think it was a bit of redemption from Sunday," she said. "We weren't happy with our performances then and it is nice to rebound and get this one under our belt and on the podium."

The silver bumps Canada's medal total to three. Moguls skier Jennifer Heil grabbed gold on Saturday, while Winnipeg speed skater Cindy Klassen took the bronze in Sunday's 3,000-metre long track.






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