Biography:

Karol-Ann Canuel made history in 2014 when she became the first Canadian cyclist to win world championship gold in the team time trial, doing so with her Specialized-lululemon trade team. Two days later she posted a career-best individual result with her sixth place finish in the time trial. She was unable to finish the road race when she was involved in a massive crash that left her with a broken pelvis. Canuel was lucky to just compete at those worlds after a crash in early June sidelined her for six weeks with a broken C6 vertebrae, a fractured rib and a concussion. In 2015, Canuel repeated her world championship gold medal performance in the team time trial, but with the Velocio-SRAM trade team. She also posted top-15 finishes in both the time trial and road race. Canuel won the 2015 national title in the time trial. She also recorded back-to-back podium finishes in the time trial at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Gatineau in 2015 and 2016. In her Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Canuel was Canada’s top finisher in the women’s road race. Canuel currently competes professionally with Boels-Dolmans.

Getting to know…

Family: Parents Rejean Canuel and Nathalie Marcotte… Older brother Sebastian and younger sister Sarah-Eve… Getting into the Sport: Started cycling at age 11… Was drawn to the opportunity to excel and constantly improve… Outside Interests: Graduated from l’Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO) in 2013 with a degree in nursing… Odds and Ends: Nickname: Karo…