A bronze for Clara
Ties Klassen’s record of six Olympic medals
Hughes finishes third in 1500 longtrack
“ That’s the example I hope to set, not just for young athletes, but for young people.”
She certainly did that whenever she stepped on the big stage. Hughes is a competitor who never shied away from the spotlight and pressure when it was thrust upon her.
A trip to the podium before an adoring home crowd at the Richmond Olympic Oval was far from a certainty after four years in which she struggled to maintain consistency. She came in as the defending Olympic champion in the gruelling marathon event, and took on the additional burden of serving as flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies, a role that only added to the expectations on her.
But then she showed her trademark fight in finishing a surprising fifth in the 3,000 last week, and looked even more dialed-in skating the draining 5,000 in six minutes 55.73 seconds.
“ This is a race I’m very proud of, it hasn’t been easy,” said Hughes. “I’ve been in the trenches for the last four years, always fighting my way back, just trying to figure out better technique and figure out how I can be a better speedskater. It hasn’t always worked out and I feel that it’s been four years of a lot of fight that brought me to this day, to these Olympics and to two great races. I’m really proud, and really pleased.”
Hughes’ time stood as a track record before it was broken twice, first by silver medallist Stephanie Beckert of Germany and then by gold medallist Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic. Sablikova won in 6:50.91, followed by Beckert in 6:51.39, with Hughes feeling she skated one of the best races of her life. WHISTLER, B.C. — Canadians have finished 1-2 in the Olympic women’s bobsled.
Canadian women had never won an Olympic medal in the sport. Now they have two.
Kaillie Humphries of Calgary and Heather Moyse of Summerside, P.E.I., drove Canada 1 to the gold in the final run, overtaking teammates Helen Upperton of Calgary and Shelley-Ann Brown of Pickering, Ont., in the Canada 2 sled.
Humphries’ winning time was three minutes 32.28 seconds over the four runs. Upperton’s combined time was 3:33.13.
The USA 2 sled, with Erin Pac and Elana Mayes aboard, took bronze in 3:33.40.
Humphries recorded the fastest time in the first three runs and was second best in the final trip down the icy track at the Whistler Sliding Centre. The fastest run in