Rio 2016 Olympic Games
I went through a lot of different emotions. At first I was shocked and disappointed. But the situation with COVID-19 also put things into perspective for me. I’m so fortunate to be an Olympian and do what I love for work. I’ve used the extra time to be with my family and pursue some projects, including writing a children’s book and charitable activities tied to COVID relief.
It makes me really proud to represent Canada. Each time I put on the Canadian uniform I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to have grown up in a country that celebrates freedom and diversity.
It’s an incredible experience. When I walk out of the tunnel and see the Canadian flag waving and hear people chanting my name, it’s really inspiring. I use that energy to charge me up and remind myself that “we’re here…it’s time!” Once I actually get into the starting blocks, it’s quiet and I don’t hear anything. I just wait for the starting gun and then I blast out of the blocks and focus on getting up to top speed. I’m in the moment and focused 100% on executing my best race and trying to get to the finish line first
It’s an amazing feeling to get something in the mail (and it’s not a bill!). I get messages on social media, but now I’m actually getting someone to write to me and put it in their own words. It feels amazing to take 5 to 10 minutes out of my day to read about how I inspire them. I can’t wait to actually get some going into the Olympics. That’s definitely going to fuel me up.