Shewfelt Hall bound

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

Calgary’s Kyle Shewfelt had long envisioned his golden moment at the Olympic Games.

Imagined an induction into Canada’s Sport Halls of Fame, though?

“Never,” he said. “Never ever, ever in a million years did I think about getting inducted into any Hall of Fame. I always dreamed about what it would feel like to represent Canada at the Olympic Games and to stand on the podium and get a gold medal. I dreamed of being an Olympian, but never a Hall-of-Famer.

“This is just icing on the cake. It’s really to be able to get some recognition at the end of your career, after it’s all done. It’s nice to be able to look back and realize everything you ever wanted to achieve happened.

“That’s a pretty satisfying feeling.”

The 2004 Olympic champion gymnast will officially enter Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame Wednesday at a ceremony in Calgary, joining a star-studded class that also includes hockey legend Patrick Roy, race-car driver Jacques Villeneuve, two-sport sensation Clara Hughes, freestyle ski standount Jean-Luc Brassard and decorated wheelchair racer Chantal Peticlerc.

Dr. Roger Jackson, the architect of the Own the Podium campaign, and longtime B.C. Lions boss Bob Ackles will be inducted in the builder’s category.

The crowning moment of Shewfelt’s career was his unexpected victory in the floor exercise in Athens, but he also claimed a pair of golds at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and became one of the feel-good stories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics after recovering from two broken legs to return to competition. The 28-year-old is the first artistic gymnast to enter Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Roy is a four-time Stanley Cup winner and the only three-time recipient of the Conn Smythe Trophy. After a stellar career with the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche, the Hockey Hall-of-Famer retired as the NHL’s all-time winningest goaltender with 551 career victories.

Villeneuve joins his late father, Gilles, in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The younger Villeneuve captured 11 checkered flags on the Formula One circuit is the only Canuck to win the Indianapolis 500 and the F-1 championship. Like Shewfelt, Hughes, Brassard and Peticlerc celebrated their biggest moments on the Olympic or Paralypmic stage.

Hughes, a star on both her speedskates and bicycle, is the only athlete to win multiple medals at both the Summer and Winter Games, collecting six shiny mementoes from four trips to the Olympics.

Brassard won the inaugural men’s moguls competition at the 1994 Lillihammer Games, while Peticlerc represented Canada at five consecutive Paralympic Games, collecting an astonishing 21 medals, including 14 gold.

Although they excelled at different sports, Shewfelt figures the inductees have a couple of things in common.

“I could use two words,” Shewfelt said. “The first would be belief — every single person that’s being inducted believed that excellence is possible. And the second word I would use is that word excellence. Everybody aspired to it, and there’s something that happens within you when you want to be great.

“I think every person being inducted this time around — every time around, actually — has shown that they have that special quailty to be someone great.”

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