Date of Birth:  April 5, 1975
 Place of Birth: Lethbridge, AB
 Residence: Calgary, AB
 Years on National Team:
 Height:  5'5"
 Weight: 150 lbs.

Prior to the 2005-06 season, newcomer Carla Pavan would have been considered a huge long shot to earn one of the two Canadian skeleton berths for the Turin Games, let alone be a contender for Olympic gold. However, that all changed on December 9, 2005, when she rocketed to a first place finish against a world-class field on the tough course at Igls, Austria. If she can do it once, she can do it again.

Pavan began her elite level sporting career in the hammer throw between 1995 and 2002, earning a spot on the Canadian team at the 2001 World University Games in Beijing, China. Once she was done with track and field, Pavan was looking for a new challenge. This is when she first became interested in skeleton. By 2004, she had joined the developmental team and was competing on the Europa Cup tour, where her best finishes were a fifth and a 12th.

Then at the 2005-06 Canadian Championships, Pavan got tongues wagging with a solid fourth-place finish. She then followed that up with an even more impressive fourth-place World Cup at Lake Placid, NY, before finally picking up her surprise gold.

Regardless of what happens in Turin, Pavan, who holds Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Lethbridge, has to be considered one of the feel good stories of the Games.

2006 Skeleton Coverage