Biography:

Three-time Olympian Catharine Pendrel enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2014, winning her second world title as well as the Commonwealth Games gold medal. The victories were even sweeter because she had to come back from a broken collarbone for the second straight year. She also finished in the top-three in the overall World Cup standings, something she had achieved each year dating back to 2008 (except 2013). Highlighting that streak was winning the overall World Cup title in 2010 and 2012. Pendrel won gold at the 2007 Pan Am Games before narrowly missing the podium at Beijing 2008. She entered London 2012 as the reigning world champion but finished ninth. In 2015, Pendrel won silver at the Pan Am Games behind Canadian teammate Emily Batty, finished fourth in the overall World Cup standings (on the strength of three podiums in six races) and posted a fifth place finish at the world championships. At Rio 2016, Pendrel battled back from a crash very early in the race to finish on the podium with the bronze medal. She finished the season by winning her third career overall World Cup title.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Bruce Pendrel and Johanna Bertin… Older brother Geoff was on the national downhill mountain bike team… Husband Keith Wilson is a mountain bike coach… Getting into the Sport: Started biking at 16 after riding horses before she could walk… Had been a competitive equestrian… Has wanted to represent Canada since seeing girls her own age trying out for the Canada Games as a teenager… Outside Interests: Enjoys travelling, languages and tasting fine food around the world… In the off-season enjoys cross-country skiing, baking and doing home renovations with partial success… Bachelor of Arts (psychology and sociology) from the University of Victoria… Taking anatomy courses online… President of Kamloops Bike Riders Association… Is a toastmaster… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Kika… Inspired by Clara Hughes for thriving on challenges with a smile… Likes to wear vibrant colours on race day as a small personal touch to bring energy… Before a race will visualize a lap with what could go right or wrong and how she’ll make the best of it… Always travels with good coffee for race day breakfast with oatmeal… Fave quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky…