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Perspective on doping in sport
00:47Childhood: starting skiing at 4 or 5, skied in winter, swam in summer, drawn to more individual sports
01:25Why individual sports? As a child liked the social aspects of sport, parents were also racers, vey early on developed a true enthusiasm and love for the sport and people around it and the environment and racing
02:02Role models: as a swimmer Alex Baumann & Victor Davis for what they were doing on the international stage; as a skier Pierre Harvey & Cheryl Harvey
02:47Start taking sport seriously: about age 12, started to train for cross-country, on junior ski team in Vermillion, coach Les Parsons shaped values
03:30Did downhill every interest you: on really an option on the prairies
04:19Did you have a plan: coach had a plan for all of us which was to explore ourselves and reach our potential, no matter where that took us, instilled belief anything was possible, set your limits, tackle them through hard work, determination and belief, even at a young age setting goals high
05:22When did you think could compete seriously? Believed it all along, chipped away step by step, despite some of the dismal results when first on international scene & not a contender, "I believed I could do it and matter of finding out how and forging my own way"
05: 57Training schedule: very demanding, very physically challenging sport, training all encompassing, all consuming, talks about training schedule, full time job
07:02Solitary sport: spend time on own training and racing, with help of sport psychologist allowed her to channel energy and focus into moving forward and reaching goals
07:43Discussed the pursuit race: uses both techniques of classic & free skating, talks about how the races has changed, sport has evolved and revolutionized itself to maintain spectator audience
08:52On dealing with doping: in a race absolutely focused on what you are doing, getting best out of yourself, to focus on anything else is to detract from everything else you have been doing to prepare for the race, thought about what was going on outside of race when had the energy and time to do that
10:15How do you deal with the injustice: inspired to take some action, along with team mates and other people in sport to deal with injustice, not that many legitimate winners at that time & no matter how hard you tried or trained you are going to hit the "glass ceiling" and you are not going to cross that line; when realized I'm doing everything but not getting where I want to go, decided to change things - "if you know there is a problem and you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem"
11:38When did you learn about drugs in the sport: from beginning of start of international racing, there were rumours about teams and results, did not take it too seriously until first encountered first positive drug test at the 1997 World Championships, real shock that it was happening
12:502002 Olympics: did know that gold and silver were not won with 'traditional methods', at same time "I won a medal at the Olympics", first time by a North American woman and a Canadian, "we celebrated that medal as a team, like it was gold, like it was platinum. Nobody was disappointed, unhappy, just thinking this is the greatest day for our sport"; thrill to stand on podium
14:14Why did you pursue the gold after the silver medalist was exposed: "For me it was rightfully becoming the Olympic Gold medalist because that was the race I had rightfully won, because I had done that with hard work, years of training as much as it was the absolute importance of making sure that these people did not go down in the history books as Olympic champions. Something would be really lost for sport if that happened.", both were exposed for doping & cheating at the Olympic Games, the highest level of competition there is and they would be allowed to keep their medals. There was something inherently wrong with that. I really felt sport as a whole would suffer because of that."
15:17Are you more proud of the Gold medal or exposing the cheaters: winning the Gold, the drug scandal was something anticipated and happened to be in the middle of; "the fact that I have an Olympic Gold medal, representative of some of the toughest, hardest years of my life. That I was able to climb onto the podium for believing and continuing to work through obstacles and get to the top of my career as an athlete, that's something I'm incredibly proud of."
16:03Circumstances around hearing awarded the Gold: while at World Cup in Austria, waiting months to hear from Court of Arbitration, having dinner with husband, coach and team mates when call came, tremendous relief, finally coming to a close, on the right side and happy ending
17:16Vancouver ceremony: had the Silver medal ceremony in Calgary, wanted another location and Vancouver was the site for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
17:52Career after Salt Lake City Olympics: did not feel then that that was going to be the last Olympics, 2 years later felt urge to start winding down career & retire, took 5 months off in 2004 and came back with different perspective, renewed, let go of things that had been bothering her about the sport, set goal for Torino and that would be the end
19:04Was Torino a cleaner Olympic Games: yes, 2002 and years following saw the drug testing agencies stepping up and able to clamp down on what was going on
19:40On being elected to the IOC: thought about it very hard, is this what wanted to pursue, better to be on the inside and try to influence and make change from the inside than from the outside, could do a better job championing athletes and their causes from the inside
21:13On having athletes involved in eradicating drug use at their level: WADA has athlete's commission within their organization, both retired and competing athletes, most progressive move that anyone has done, group of athletes who have experience and can say this is the face of sport, step it up, make sport fair and legitimate
22:21Goals with the IOC: doesn't have a set agenda or goals or priorities but if I stay true to my values, work as hard as I can to represent the athletes that I care about, that is the most important thing I can do."
22?54Is it possible to have a drug-free Olympics: that is optimistic, not sure, in an ideal world would be nice, possible to get it significantly reduced and to get a fairer, cleaner sport
|Year Range from||1988|
|Year Range to||2006|
cross country skiing
2002 Olympic Winter Games Salt Lake City
2006 Olympic Winter Games Torino
belief in self
contributions to society
true to values