Date of Birth:  April 21, 1975
 Place of Birth: Barrie, ON
 Residence: Barrie, ON
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'6"
 Weight: 170 lbs

A natural athlete growing up in Barrie, Ontario, Suzanne Gavine-Hlady competed at the provincial level in ringette, hockey, skiing, swimming and softball. By the time she arrived at the University of Windsor, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in human kinetics, Gavine-Hlady was competing nationally in the long jump, heptathlon and shot put. In 1998, she would be crowned the CIAU's top athlete in shot put.

With the strength to excel in the shot put, as well as the all-around athletic ability to compete in heptathlon, Gavine-Hlady was a natural to make the move to bobsleigh, where compact athletes with speed and muscle tend to shine.

She started out as a brakeman in 2001-02, but slowly worked her way up to pilot. As the overall champion on the America's Cup circuit in 2004-05, Gavine-Hlady was ready to make the fulltime leap to piloting on the World Cup tour. She picked up a seventh-place result at a race in Lake Placid, NY, before coming in 17th at the 2005 World Championships.

During the 2005-06 campaign, Gavine-Hlady has enjoyed great success racing with brakeman Jaime Cruickshank. The pair originally teamed up last year, but it's during the current campaign that they've really gelled. Over the course of the season, they have two Top-10 results in World Cup races, including a career-best fifth-place finish at one of their favourite tracks -- Lake Placid. Gavine Hlady also has three other Top-20 results (two of them with Cruickshank) on the year.

Although not considered a medal contender, Gavine-Hlady has the skills to make a splash in Turin if all goes right.

2006 Bobsleigh Coverage