One on one with Cindy Klassen

CAMERON MAXWELL, Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

HOW THE DEVIL ARE YA? I'm great. I'm pretty happy with life right now. Everything's going well with skating, friends, family, everything.

IT'S SATURDAY NIGHT AND YOU'RE NOT SKATING OR TRAINING. WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

Well, because we're speed skaters, we don't have that much energy because we train so hard, so I'd probably get together with a few other skaters and just hang out, get pizza -- always pizza -- and a movie. Nice and relaxing.

PICK FIVE WORDS TO DESCRIBE YOURSELF.

Oh (laughs). That's hard. Is this required, this question?

I CAN GIVE YOU THE OPTION TO SKIP IT IF YOU REALLY WANT.

Can I come back to it?

WE COULD. WHAT WERE YOU LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Kind of bratty. I just liked to have fun, so I think I could have tried a little harder and I'm learning that now. I work pretty hard in school (university). But, back then, I was so focused on sports, that's all I cared about.

WHAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU'VE BOUGHT?

This is another hard one. Can I come back to this one as well?

WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?

These are really hard questions. Probably just give 'er (laughs).

WHAT REPAIRS CAN YOU PERFORM ON YOUR CAR?

My car? Let's see, I think I can change a tire and that's probably the hardest thing I can do.

THAT'S MORE THAN SOME PEOPLE. WHAT'S YOUR CULINARY SPECIALTY?

Hmmm. Does baking count?

YUP.

Probably chocolate cake. There's one I make that I like a lot.

WHAT KIND IS IT EXACTLY? DOES IT HAVE A NAME?

No but the icing and filling and stuff is really good. I love chocolate.

OUTSTANDING. WHAT TV SERIES DO YOU WANT TO OWN ON DVD?

Probably Northern Exposure. I like that show but I don't get to see it that often because I don't have cable.

ANNI FRIESINGER, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, SAID: "MY SPORT IS EXTREMELY SEXY, IT'S PURE EROTICISM AND THERE'S NOTHING AS SEXY AS A SPEED SKATER'S BOTTOM." DO YOU AGREE WITH THAT?

To tell you truth, I don't even notice things like that, so I'd have to say no.

WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT: OLYMPIC MEDALS OR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS?

I guess they're both pretty important but Olympic medals are higher. But it depends on if you can put that race together or that competition together at world all-arounds or world singles -- that can be almost as good and just having it click against the best in the world.

HAVE YOU GOT ANY TATTOOS?

No.

WOULD YOU EVER GET ONE?

No, I don't think so because it has to be pretty important, no.

WHERE DO YOU WANT TO HOLIDAY?

There's a bunch of places that I'd like to go and explore. We got a free trip from making the Olympics anywhere that Air Canada flies and they fly to Tel Aviv. Also my cottage in Manitoba. Half of our lake is in Ontario and the other half is in Manitoba and I just love it there. I used to spend my whole summers there.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE BAND?

Blue Rodeo.

WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME?

I'd have to say Up To Here by the Tragically Hip.

SOLID RECORD. WHAT TRAIT DO YOU ADMIRE MOST IN PEOPLE?

I don't know. Can I come back to that, too?

SURE. DO YOU HAVE A PET?

No, I wish. I used to have a bird but I don't right now. It's hard because we travel so much.

WHAT WAS THE BEST YEAR OF YOUR LIFE?

Probably this year (2004). I think this past year, when I injured myself, I learned a lot. I had tons of fun. I went on a cycling tour with Tara Risling and Arne Dankers and the whole year's been fun with training.

YOU HAVE A FEW HOURS TO KILL. BOOK OR VIDEO GAME?

Book.

WHAT'S YOUR WORST HABIT?

(Laughs). I do procrastinate.

WHAT MOVIE MADE YOU TEARY-EYED?

Lots (laughing). I actually just saw Mickey's Christmas and it made me teary-eyed.

THE DISNEY CARTOON?

Yes (laughing).

Ever order pro wrestling on PPV?

Never.

WHAT'S THE STRANGEST PIECE OF FAN MAIL YOU'VE RECEIVED?

I can't think of anything right now, nothing too crazy.

WHO'S THE BEST SPEED SKATER EVER?

I'd have to say Eric Heiden (five gold medals in the 1980 Olympics). He's been my hero.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUPERSTITIONS?

None and, if I feel like I'm getting one, I'll do the opposite. I don't like superstitions.

WHAT'S THE UGLIEST THING IN YOUR WARDROBE?

Probably everything (laughs).

COULD YOU BE CONVINCED TO KARAOKE AND, IF SO, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU SING?

I probably couldn't do it.

NEVER EVER?

I actually love singing and I'd probably rather be a singer than anything else in the world but I can't do it. If I was a good singer, I'd love to but I'm horrible.


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