Before celebrating the accomplishments of our Canadian competitors, Able Translations just wants to take a moment to congratulate every Olympic athlete on their performance. Top three finish or not, you’re all champions. You represented your country beautifully and you should be proud.
As in every Olympics, our Canadian athletes showed the world the true spirit of our nation. They exhibited dedication, poise, and sportsmanship. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our athletes’ accomplishments at this, the Games of the XXX Olympiad.
Our first gold medal was aptly awarded to Rosie Maclennan of King City, Ontario in the Trampoline event. No, no, this isn’t the “backyard tumbling” we’ve come to recognize as trampolining. Olympic trampoline is a highly skilled form of gymnastics involving bounces up to 10 meters high and forces up to 10gs upon impact. Ms. Maclennan, a fierce competitor, edged out Chinese athlete Shanshan Huang by a miniscule 0.575 points. Way to bounce ahead of the competition, Rosie. Sorry about the pun.
Both our woman’s eight and heavy weight men’s eight pulled out all the stops to secure silver medals in Olympic rowing. One of the most physically grueling events in the Olympics, rowing is as much a mental battle as it is a physical one. Our athletes dug deep and came away sporting some Olympic hardware. You guys sure can row, row, row your boat…
Ryan Cochrane (the swimmer, not the Olympic kayaker) and Brent Hayden claimed Olympic silver and bronze, respectively. Cochrane left nothing in the pool as he sprinted the last 50m in the men’s 1 500m freestyle but fell short to China’s power-house swimmer, Sun Yang. Hayden, who was suffering from back pain before stepping onto his block, fought hard in the men’s 100-metre freestyle and finished with a respectable time of 47.80 seconds winning Canada our first medal in swimming.
Canada hit a stride in Olympic synchronized diving, with two of our women’s teams being awarded bronze. Both our 3-meter team (Heymans and Abel) and 10-meter team (Benfeito and Filion) performed flawlessly. Their grace and skill was only outshined by their connection and dedication to each other. Absolutely amazing
One of our toughest athletes (I mean that in the truest sense of the word), Antoine (Tony) Valois-Fortier, took the bronze after two difficult repechage bouts. Demonstrating that his iron will is just as strong as his iron jaw; he beat out American Travis Stevens to steal the Bronze. This is nothing short of amazing considering Valois-Fortier had fought four bouts in about five hours.
In a Canadian Olympic first, Christine Girard from British Columbia finished third in Olympic weightlifting. Competing at a mere 63 kilos (138.6 pounds), Christine lifted a staggering 103 kilos (226.6lbs) in the snatch and 135 kilos (297lbs) in the clean and press. Just to give you some idea, that’s like lifting the equivalent of a full-grown male lion over your head!
We’ll get the rest of these amazing graphics posted as soon as we can. Good luck in the closing days of the games, Canada.