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Like many people, I am a huge fan of the Olympics. Since I am of Greek descent, the games have such a dear place in my heart. Did you know that the first Olympics were held in the Greek city-state of Ellis in-get this-776 B.C.?! I am so proud to get to watch them every four years. 

It is so nice to see such talented athletes put their all into something they are so passionate about. Not only is it physically demanding, but it’s also mentally challenging. With the pressure of their teammates, their coaches, the country, and even themselves, there is lots to juggle. Despite all of this, they are able to take their places, and get the job done. This year’s Olympics ended up being Canada’s most successful non-boycotted games, winning 24 medals in total! That includes 7 gold, 6 silver, and 11 bronze. We had an overall standing of 11th. Go Team Canada! They all had a very important role in our success, and I am so proud of every single Canadian olympian. Here are a few Canadian athletes who stood out to me for their dedication, drive, and determination that was so inspiring to watch.

Canada’s Women’s Soccer Team – Congratulations on winning its first ever Olympic gold medal!

Damian Warner for Men’s Decathlon – The 31-year-old athlete from London, Ontario won Gold with over 9,000 points in ten events! Have we found our real life Superman?? He was also chosen as the flag bearer for the closing ceremony, which is a huge honour.

Kylie Masse, Sydney Pickrem, Maggie Macneil, and Penny Oleksiak for Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay – The ladies won bronze in this event! This medal also made Penny Canada’s most decorated Olympian! Go women, go!

Andre De Grasse for Men’s 100 metres – The runner from Markham, Ontario won bronze with his personal best of 9.89 seconds! What a huge moment!

Overall, the country did an amazing job this time around! As our most successful non-boycotted game yet, there was so much to celebrate. Since this was one of the biggest events we’ve had since COVID-19 pandemic, it felt even more important to the morale of the world. There is so much sadness going on in the world, but that’s why I have such a strong love for the Olympics. It reminds us of the power behind dedication, pride, and working hard to fight for what you are passionate about. I already can’t wait for the Summer Olympics 2024! 

Cheers to all of the Olympians! 

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