Sunday, August 5, 2012

Canada’s Olympians Have Nothing to Apologize For

Like most people I know, I’ve been watching some of the Olympics.  Not all of them, I have a life too.

For the most part, I’ve been pleased with Canada’s results in the various events.  We’ve been seeing competitors like our Ladies Gymnasts move on to the medal rounds, something that hasn’t happened in a long time if ever.

While we’d all like to see more medals, it is as important if not more so that our athletes represent us well on the world stage.

Canadians don’t quit.  We may not always be medal contenders but we strive to reach the next round, to reach the next place.  And even if the odds are insurmountable we finish the race.

Take Paula Findlay, after finishing last in her triathlon event, she apologized to Canada.  Paula completed a gruelling event when she was not fully recovered to compete.  Many would have given up.  You did not.  You did not disappoint us, you showed us your true grit and determination to battle your way to the finish line.

Isn’t that typically Canadian to apologize when it’s not your fault?

Apology accepted, but it was not necessary Paula.

As much as the Olympics are about Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps they are about the competitors who fall but get back up and finish the event.

We watch to see the lesser knowns who come from nowhere to win an event or at least win our hearts.  Who won the ski jump the year Eddie the Eagle competed?  Who won the bob sled the first year of the Jamaican Bob Sled Team?  Do you remember watching Ryan Cochrane win the Bronze Medal for the 1500 freestyle four years ago?  I do.

What will we remember about the 2012 London Olympics?

Will it be Michael Phelps’ record 18 Golds and 22 Medals overall?

Usain Bolt’s successful defence of his 100 m title?

 “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius 400 m races?

Rosie MacLennan’s Gold Medal on trampoline?

Hamadou Djibo Issaka of Niger who finished his single sculls competition more than a minute after the rest of his heat to the cheers of the crowd?

I think I’ll remember the young woman who faced adversity in the triathlon and battled her way to the finish line.  I’m sure she will be back to compete in Rio in 2016 and will be a force to be reckoned with.

I hope to see you there, on TV unfortunately.

And finally, for those who want to whinge and moan about our lack of medals, I’ve included a link to Huffington Post’s Medal Map.  I’d suggest comparing medal count to population.

We’re not too bad are we?

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