Party put on hold

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

The Calgary Booster Club rolled out a fabulous spread to honour Cindy Klassen's 2005 season but the speed skater had to hold back for the first time in months.

While sportsman of the year Jim Holden dug into the feast and male athlete of the year Lee Graves cracked a few brews, female award winner Klassen stuck to her Olympic diet.

The five-time medallist from the Turin Games will cap a fabulous, hectic three months by racing in the Oval Finale Friday -- and then she'll pig out.

"I would like to have some dessert but I'll hold off and wait until after the weekend," said the 26-year-old. "I'm a big chocolate fan and I have a hard time when I see it but I'll wait until the season is over."

The Booster Club honoured Klassen last night for winning the 2005 World Cup title in the 1,500 metres, placing second in the allround championships and winning the 1,500 and 3,000 at the single distance championships.

Next year at this time, the Booster Club surely will be honouring Klassen all over again for her five Olympics medals and sweeping the allround championship events.

Holden was honoured for his four decades of volunteer service to minor hockey.

He was amazed to share the stage with Klassen and Graves -- two athletes with international success.

"My personal satisfaction was always watching a kid get better over the winter," said Holden, who will turn 70 this year.

"The wins and losses didn't mean as much to me. I just wanted them to be able to play the next level the following year."


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