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Rio 2016

London Olympic Pool

These Olympics. Wow,  these Olympics have been incredible. The women’s teams have put on an impressive showing so far, & I’m especially proud of the Canadian women’s swim team.

I know Swimming Canada promised to turn the program around more than a decade ago, but I still wasn’t completely prepared for them to follow through on that promise. The women’s team has stepped up this year. They’re here to show the world what they’re made of & I couldn’t be happier about it.

I’ve always loved the water, so it wasn’t a stretch when I decided I wanted to try my hand at racing. Over the next 8 years, competitive swimming became my passion. I lived, breathed, ate, & drank the koolaid (chlorine-aid?). I’d finally found my sport & it was my everything.

When it came time to “retire”, I wasn’t ready to leave the pool behind. I took on a team manager role for the Dinos &  started volunteering as an assistant coach for my former club team, UCSC. It was an incredible experience. I coached for several years before moving away for school. During that time I met so many great kids (who I’m now more likely to watch swim on TV or run into at the office. How’s that for making you feel old!). Maybe I shaped them, but I hope that, at the very least, the sport did. The sport shaped me like little else would, & I can only hope it did the same for them.

This week, I’ve watched these incredible women race their hearts out. They’ve blown me away. I’ve cried from sheer happiness for each of their successes, be it a podium finish, a PR, or simply a really tough race. Each has left me overcome with emotions & pride. This is what I’ve always hoped Canadian swimming could be. This is inspiring. They’re making history & I’m so happy to bear witness. I couldn’t  have dreamed up a better Olympic games performance, & it’s not even over yet!

This is everything I hoped for and more.

Gold Medal Game

I had planned to post about our weekend out at the lake next, but then Canada advanced to the Gold Medal hockey game on Friday. Hockey is our thing up here in the great white north, so we were understandably excited. Our women already brought home the Gold on Thursday in a crazy game that proved it’s really not over until it’s over.

Sochi is eleven hours ahead of Calgary so the men’s game would be broadcast at 5 am Sunday. Our premier announced Friday afternoon that Calgary bars would be allowed to open and serve liquor that morning. Bars immediately started making plans to broadcast the game & I jumped on board, booking a table for all our friends at National on 10th. 
Most of our friends spent Saturday night playing board games until an hour before puck drop. N and I decided to catch some  much needed sleep before heading downtown for the game. We set an alarm for 4:15 am & joined everyone at National Bowl around 4:45 am. I used to drive downtown at that time three times a week for swim practice, but I’ve never seen so many cars on the road at that hour. Like I said, hockey’s our thing up here. 
And what a game. It was some great hockey! Despite the early hour, the energy in the bar pretty incredible. & infectious! Between dance parties at intermission & bursting into the National Anthem for the final 10 seconds, we were a rowdy bunch. It was an exciting event to witness.

There were some exceptions to the energy in the room…

After the game, we all toddled home for a well-deserved nap. It may have been a very early morning (or late night), but I’m so glad we all got together to watch the Canadian men bring home the gold!

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