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DO YOU ALWAYS RACE WITH THE PEARL NECKLACE? OR OTHER JEWELRY? They're basically like tattoos. My necklace I found in my mom's jewelry drawer when I was 11, and have worn it pretty much ever since. It's only ever come off a few times, and two of those times were when I was riding and it broke. I didn't lose any beads, though. My ring is also my mom's high-school graduation ring from 1975, which she gave me because of a promise I made to her to stop biting my nails. I think I was 13.

OKAY, HERE'S THE ANNA KOURNIKOVA QUESTION: DO YOU WORRY THAT YOU MIGHT BECOME MORE KNOWN FOR HOW YOU LOOK THAN FOR YOUR RESULTS? The way I dress and act is simply who I am. So no, I'm not really worried about that. People can think what they want, but...the necklace and make-up, they're just things I like, things I'm interested n. But I'm more interested in results than how I look.

DO YOU FEEL FEMALE RACERS GET THE ATTENTION THEY DESERVE? More attention given to any sport creates more awareness, which always gets more people involved. In mountain biking specifically, at a professional level, men and women seem very equal. There jjsl seems to be a lot less of us.

WHAT CHALLENGES DO YOU FACE RIDING FOR A SMALLER REGIONAL TEAM? Trek Toronto is the biggest little team out there. It's an incredibly low-

pressure environment. I get to travel with my family, race the races I want, chase the goals I'm after. The team provides everything I need to be where I'm at now. Besides, have you ever been to Trek Toronto? It's amazing!

BUT YOU MUST BE GETTING OFFERS FROM LARGER TEAMS. It's actually mellow right now, but for a while it was incredible. I'm totally flattered. There've been all kinds of teams, a lot of European teams, that have approached me. It's all new to me. It's an adventure, for sure.

SO YOU COULD BE CHANGING TEAMS?

Like most athletes, I want a long-term relationship with a team or company. I'm so happy with Trek Store Toronto. They're so supportive, and I'm well taken care of. But if something could evolve from that, or something similar worked out ...I'd be so happy, but nothing's decided.

WITH SUCH ATIGHT-KNIT FAMILY AND EVEN RACE TEAM, DO YOU EVER FEEL LIKE YOU NEED TO ESCAPE THE BUBBLE?

To be completely honest, not at all. My comfort zone is this bubble. My siblings, boyfriend and parents are my closest friends. Typical dinner conversations involve something about the sport in one way or another, so naturally we're each other's motivators. Once in a while I will continued on page 112

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