Friday, March 21, 2008

Stiff competition

Stiff competition

As Kyle Shewfelt tries to repeat as Olympic floor exercise champion, he's up against some immense talent—and Canadian history

Chris Selley | Mar 21, 2008 | 11:32 pm EST

Triathlon has Simon Whitfield. Biathlon, for better or for worse, has Myriam Bédard. And artistic gymnastics has Kyle Shewfelt, who is profiled in this week's Maclean's. Each has won an Olympic gold medal for Canada—Bédard two. And each is the only Canadian ever to have won a medal of any colour in that sport. Very few Canadians participate in their sports, and practically nobody watches them participate in the four year periods of amateur sports darkness between the Olympic Games. But they have all done their part to rescue Canada from its biennial Olympic angst, and they and their sports are remembered fondly for it.

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