Sandra Schmirler (Canada's Sandra Schmirler curling at the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics. (CP PHOTO/COC))

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She may not have boasted much of a global Q Score, but there were few Canuck athletes as popular in Canada as Sandra Schmirler. The women's curling legend, who won three Scott Tournament of Hearts and a further three World Curling Championships, also skipped the Canadian squad to a gold medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. "Schmirler the Curler" was also a popular TV commentator for CBC when she wasn't competing, though her playing career would not last. In 2000, at just 36, the Regina mother of two died of cancer from an unknown source.

*Bing: How many medals did Canada win at Nagano?