When cross-country skier Sara Renner’s pole broke during the team sprint event at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy, what could have been tragedy turned to triumph after Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen handed her a replacement – and she and partner Beckie Scott raced on to win the silver medal. (Håkensmoen’s show of international camaraderie earned Norway more than 600 messages of thanks from Canadians and a whopping 8,000 cans of maple syrup.) Now retired, Renner and husband Thomas Grandi, also an Olympic alpine skiing veteran, are proud residents of Canmore, AB, and owners of Paintbox Lodge, a five-room boutique hotel.
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