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May
19

Queen of Speed Still Proving Her Mettle

Wayne Scanlan, The Montreal Gazette, Gatineau, Quebec While the royal visit of Kate and William is still weeks away, a different type of royalty will be in the Ottawa-Gatineau region this weekend. Olympic royalty. Regard: Canada’s red-haired heroine. Clara Hughes, the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in Summer and Winter Olympic Games, is riding in the Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau, which includes a UCI (Union … more

May
19

Hughes crashes, still wins Gatineau Time Trial

Don Campbell, The Ottawa Citizen, Gatineau, Quebec Anyone who has spent much time driving the streets of Gatineau knows that the ever-increasing number of roundabouts can be treacherous to navigate at the best of times. Canada’s two-sport and two-season Olympics darling Clara Hughes will certainly be wary of them from now on. The six-time Olympics medallist continued her cycling comeback in spectacular fashion Thursday by overcoming a seemingly … more

May
19

Clara Hughes cycles to a Canadian Victory

James Christie, the Globe and Mail, Gatineau, Quebec Clara Hughes of Glen Sutton, Que., won her first race on Canadian soil since returning an a cyclist, winning the time trial race Thursday at the 2011 Chrono Gatineau, winning the solo time trial in 23 minutes 49.17 seconds. The emotional winner, who has Canada’s flag bearer at the Vancouver Olympics, dedicated the win not only to Canada, but also … more

May
9

Clara Hughes Nabs Gold in Road Race

The Globe and Mail, Medellin, Columbia Canada’s Clara Hughes continued to impress in her return to cycling Sunday, fighting off severe cramps to win the road race at 2011 UCI Pan-American Championships. The Winnipeg native completed the 96-kilometre course in two hours 23 minutes 52 seconds, an impressive 1:18 lead over silver medalist Evelyn Garcia MarroquDin of El Savador. Theresa Cliff-Ryan of the U.S. was third, 6:53 back. … more

Mar
24

Skate expectations: Winter Olympian Clara Hughes makes track cycling comeback

Ollie Williams, www.BBC.co.uk, Apeldoorn, Holland People who reach the Olympic Games in more than one sport are special. Think of Britain’s Rebecca Romero, a rowing silver medallist at Athens 2004 and a track cycling Olympic champion four years later in Beijing. But going from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Olympics and back again takes things to a staggering level. Nor does it stop there for Canada’s Clara … more

Feb
24

The joy of six?

Kathryn Bertine, www.espnw.com “I was, without exaggeration, a delinquent teenager,” Clara Hughes says, in a phone interview from Los Angeles, where Canada’s most decorated speed skater is attempting to make her sixth Olympic team. Though it might seem an unlikely path from a “delinquent teenager” to the only athlete in history to win multiple medals in both Winter and Summer Olympics, Hughes’ story is filled with unlikely events. … more

Feb
24

One year later, Hughes not done with Games

Jim Lang, www.sportsnet.ca Clara Hughes could have walked away from her athletic career after the 2010 Vancouver Games, secure in the knowledge that she would always be considered one of Canada’s greatest athletes. But Hughes isn’t wired that way. At the age of 38, Hughes is training harder than ever in order to qualify for the 2012 Summer Games in London as a cyclist. “Every day that I … more

Feb
14

Tragedy helped reinforce Hughes’ ideals

Shi Davidi, TheChronicleHerald.ca, Toronto, Ontario Preparing to lead Canada’s team into the Vancouver Olympics as flag-bearer, Clara Hughes was trying to unwind by watching some TV when she saw video of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili’s fatal crash. Immediately she was taken back to another tragic loss earlier in her athletic career, when Saturn Cycling teammate Nicole Reinhart was thrown from her bike during a race in 2000, slammed into … more

Feb
14

Right to Play Opens Doors for Kids

Dave Feschuck, The Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario Before they broke down the barriers, they had to build a fence. To say most girls in Pakistan haven’t traditionally been encouraged to become Olympic athletes is an understatement; it’s not uncommon for local cultural and religious norms to frown upon the idea of girls dabbling in physical activity in plain sight. So when the folks at Right to Play set … more

Feb
14

Hughes adds new triumph: erase stigma attached to mental illness

Lindor Reynolds, The Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg, MB Clara Hughes was already in the history books as the only Canadian to win medals in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games. The wide-smiling former Winnipegger became the darling of the sports world (and the country) with her drive, ambition and athletic prowess. Now she’s a hero for another reason. When Hughes decided to disclose her two-year battle with … more


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