At the 1998 Nagano Olympics, Annie Perreault, 30, of Rock Forest, Que., was a savior. The Japanese Games were a huge disappointment for the perennially powerful Canadians short-track team. Perreault brought Canada its only gold medal performance. She survived collision-marred, 500-metre Olympic final to claim the team's sole victory. She also won a bronze in the relay. Perreault, who won a relay gold in the 1992 Olympics and has been a long-time dominant World Cup performer, hasn't had an easy path to her third Games. She suffered a 20-centimetre-long gash in her left thigh when she collided with four other skaters in the first heat of the women's 1,500-metre World Cup race in Japan in December of 2000. The subsequent surgery forced her to miss the entire 2001 season. Her miraculous comeback will be complete in Salt Lake City, where she'll be a substitute on the Canadian team.