A bronze for Clara

Ties Klassen’s record of six Olympic medals

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY SHI DAVIDI

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

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