Sushi time for super skater

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

First things first: Sushi and then a rest in her own bed.

Cindy Klassen and the rest of Team Canada arrived at Calgary airport yesterday, a little road weary after five weeks away from home.

Olympic medals hung around the speed skaters' necks, but Klassen's weighed heavy with the five medals she earned in Turin, Italy.

It was a record-setting feat that no other Canadian had reached in a single Olympics.

"I want to go for sushi," said Klassen, admitting she's a little tired of pasta. "I haven't had that for a long time."

Klassen, who won gold, two silver and two bronze, captured the 3,000-metre World Cup title with her third gold of the season at the final Cup race in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on Saturday. She followed it up with bronze in the 1,500 metres Sunday.

Clara Hughes, whose spectacular gold-medal 5,000-metre finish captured the heart of the nation, said she hopes Team Canada's showing inspires young skaters.

"All of us really hope that fundamentally it has an effect on the youth of Canada," said Hughes.

"All of us were inspired by Olympics past. Myself, I was inspired by the 1988 Olympics. That's when I first saw speed skating.

"I hope our legacy will be an active nation of healthy young people and some amazing Olympians, the kids who watched us in Turin."


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