Allan Maki of “The Globe and Mail” checks in with the Canadian Ski Team’s Sara Renner.
Ironically, on the very morning Sara Renner is discussing her sport and the evils within, a certified drug tester appears and politely asks for a moment of her time, along with a sample, of course.
The Olympic silver medalist obliges without annoyance because she believes in the purity of cross-country skiing and because she no longer frets the changeups and intrusions on an already busy life.
“I think I’m able to prioritize well. Everything has become so much clearer,” she explained after running the 10-kilometre course at the Canmore Nordic Centre. “Before, I focused on things that weren’t as important, you tend to waste energy. Now I do the best job I can when I’m training, then I come home and I’m a mom.
“I just do my best.”