The Summer Olympics: Caroline Brunet

Silver will be no salve to this ultracompetitive Canadian kayaker

Fear of failure is a great motivator. Hate also works nicely in a pinch. You don't see these emotions in Caroline Brunet's face. They manifest themselves in how the world's best female kayaker trains, how she thinks and how she speaks. With refreshing un-Canadian candor she tells you, "I hate losing more than I love to win." It's been her mantra, first in French, then in English, since age 13, when she won her first race at home in Lac Beauport, Que.

Many Canadian athletes say they're thrilled just to go to the Olympics and will happily settle for a...

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