Olympic speedskater Anouk Leblanc-Boucher wants $1M for medal
Anouk Leblanc-Boucher looks for way to finance comeback for 2018 Olympics in South Korea
A Canadian speedskating double-medallist in the 2006 Turin Olympics has put her skates up for sale on Kijiji, and she wants $1 million for one of her medals to help finance a comeback at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
Anouk Leblanc-Boucher — now Anouk English — won a bronze medal in the 500-metre short track event and a silver medal in the 3,000-metre relay in Turin.
In an ad on Kijiji, English is offering to sell the skates for $7,000 — and for $1 million, she'll sell one of the medals.
"I actually want to do a comeback and actually come back for South Korea," said English, who is from Quebec but now lives in Saint John.
"I'm going to need some funding, and I don't want to worry about money, I just want to train," she said.
"So to me, it's more of my open door to maybe get a gold," said English, who has had three children since winning those medals. "And if the skates are the way I can get better skates, then that's the way I'm going to get them."
Her ad says to contact her if there is interest in the the skates — "and possibly the medals."
English says she will sell her silver medal from the relay event for $1 million.
"Just one person asked if it was serious because of that emotional connection they thought that would be," said English. "And I just gave them the same answer — this is just an extra way to get ahead."
She says she won't sell her bronze medal because there's only one like it, so it's not for sale at any price.