Since taking up the sport in 1992, Christina Smith, 33, of Calgary has developed into Canada's best overall women's bobsleigh pilot. In October of 1999, her dream came true when the International Olympic Committee granted full-medal status to women's bobsleigh, with its debut at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the Games, she'll partner with brakeman Paula McKenzie of Brooks, Alta., in Canada's lone Olympic entry.
Ironically, after that announcement, Smith's results began to improve. Smith won her first World Cup medal that season - a bronze at the Igls World Cup in Austria. During the 2000-2001 season, she finished fifth at the world championships and completed the World Cup circuit in that same position in the overall standings. She finished the 2001-2002 season in eighth place overall.Video: Canada AM: Road to Salt Lake - Christina Smith (Jan. 4)