I'll be making more waves, pledges Hughes

Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:07pm EST
 
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By Larry Fine

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Clara Hughes, 37, who claimed Olympic bronze on Wednesday in her last race as a speedskater to match the most medals ever won for Canada, is eager to embark on a life of adventure.

"I'm going to buy myself a kayak, an ocean kayak," she told reporters. "My husband (Peter Guzman) has done some amazing ocean trips on the kayak and he's going to teach me. I'm going to go on some adventures with him.

"I just want to be able to live my life in a different way for a little while, and do some great adventures on foot, on the water and on the bike."

Hughes ended her remarkable Olympic career on a high note in the grueling 5,000 meters.

"It was awesome," Hughes said. "That was the best I had, the best race I've ever done in an Olympics including the one I won four years ago. It was such an amazing feeling."

Hughes, who won the 5,000m crown at the 2006 Turin Games, joined skating team mate Cindy Klassen as the most successful Canadian Olympic athlete with six career medals.

"I lived my dream today," Hughes said.

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<p>Clara Hughes of Canada celebrates her bronze medal win in the women's 5,000 metres speed skating race at the Richmond Olympic Oval during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 24, 2010. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>