Speed queen might invest winnings in a Harley

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

CALGARY -- Cindy Klassen, national hero, all-time Olympian, world champion -- and biker babe?

Maybe.

Klassen's world championship victory yesterday includes a first prize of $20,000 U.S., and it didn't take her long to come up with an idea of what to do with the cash.

"I wouldn't mind getting a motorcycle or something," she said. "Maybe a Harley or an Indian or a Triumph, something like that."

More likely, she'll keep the money in a trust, to use somewhere down the road.

It doesn't sound like the 26-year-old plans to stick with her current career into her thirties, either.

Unlike German sensation Claudia Pechstein, who's still competing at 34, Klassen sees herself possibly packing it in after the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

"I think the next Olympics will probably be my last one," she said. "I feel like there's a lot of other things I'll probably be wanting to do. I've been skating for a long time, and I think after I'm 30 I'll be ready to move on to something else."

She plans to go all-out for the next four years, though, bad news for the competition.

"I'm just going to do the exact same thing," she said. "I'm going to enjoy every moment of my training and being with my teammates and my coach. Every time I step onto the ice ... I'm going to give it 100% and hopefully improve on what I'm doing. I think I'm in top form right now. Hopefully I'm in my prime then (in 2010)."

The next month or so will be all about getting some R and R, at least after this week's Olympic Oval finale, a fun event to close the year.

"I'm really looking forward to taking a month off, or so," Klassen said. "And just relaxing, not worrying about training."

Her first visit to Winnipeg is scheduled for March 28, a one-day stopover during which she'll be honoured at the MTS Centre.

She'll likely stop for a longer stay, and a trip to her favourite getaway, the family cottage, in April.

She doesn't have any exotic trips planned, at least not yet.

Not even a trip to Disneyland.

"If my family's going to Disneyland, I'll go with them," she said.


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