Athlete Profile

Patrick Bouchard, 28, of Cap-Rouge, Que., qualified in December to skate in a second event at the Salt Lake Olympics, winning the men's 1,000 metres at the final selection meet for long-track speed skating. Bouchard, who had already qualified in the 500 metres, clocked 1 minute 9.80 seconds to win.

"Right now, I'm mostly looking forward to getting home," Bouchard said. Salt Lake will be his third Games. "I've been on the road for six weeks and I'm looking forward to some rest before the Games.

Getting to race in the 1,000 was important for me because I think I can do well in that event." Bouchard, 28, was fifth in the 500 metres four years ago at the Nagano Olympics and also competed at the 1994 Games in Norway. When asked what another trip to the Olympics meant, Bouchard ran a hand through his thinning hair.

"It means I'm getting old," he laughed. "You can see I don't have much hair left."