Grant Robertson - The Globe and Mail - December 27,2009
Mathieu Giroux bought his first pair of long-track speed skates just more than a year ago. This week, if things go well in Calgary, he will add his name to the Canadian Olympic team.
It is a remarkable story of one athlete so determined to compete at the Olympics that he packed up his car in Montreal late last fall and drove across the country to Vancouver, where the Canadian speed-skating team was training.
Once there, he walked into the Richmond Oval and declared to Canadian coach Ingrid Paul that he didn't simply want to learn long-track speed skating; he said he too would be going to the Vancouver Olympics.