On February 22, 2006, she became the surprise gold medal winner in the women's cross-country 1.1 km (0.7 mi) sprint at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Video of her circulated on the Internet as she sang O Canada, the Canadian national anthem, from the medals podium. Then-CBC commentator Brian Willams said of the event: "If you're ever standing on top of the podium, this is how you sing our national anthem."
She won her first World Cup Gold Medal in her home-town of Canmore in January, 2008 in the sprint Event, followed by a second Gold in Lahti, Finland in March, 2008. She finished the 2008 World Cup season ranked seventh in the sprint and 23rd overall.