Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's like a hat-trick, but different

Congratulations to Carol Huynh both for her gold medal win in Women's freestyle 48 kg wrestling as well as being the first Canadian to win a medal at the Beijing Olympics.

As well, congratulations are due to David Calder and Scott Frandsen for their silver medal in Men's coxless pair (Oh, grow up).

Not to be forgotten, Tonya Verbeek won bronze in Women's freestyle 55 kg wrestling today too.

As much as I wish to discuss politics, as it relates to the Olympics, the successes of the athletes must be acknowledged and celebrated.

Bringing people, countries and cultures together in peace was the original focus of the modern Olympics, I'm not convinced the medal race is a big deal, and I don't think we do the peace any service by keeping count of which country is ahead or behind.

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
The Olympic Creed

In that spirit, congratulations are due to all of our Canadian athletes, and the athletes of the world for their participation.

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