Today was a great day for Team Canada at the Olympics in London. We managed to bring home 3 bronze medals to bring our total medal count so far to 4. The day started with the team of Meaghan Benefeito and Roseline Filion winning bronze in the women’s syncronized 10m platform. The next bronze came from judoka Antoine Valois-Fortier who defeated American Travis Stevens in the men’s 81kg Judo bronze medal match.
The highlifght of the day (at least for us weightlifters!) was when Christine Girard lifted her way to a bronze medal in the women’s 63kg weightlifting event. She was sitting in fourth after the snatches, with a lift of 103. Her clean & jerk of 133 was good enough to vault her up to a bronze and she just missed her attempt at 135 for a silver. This marks the first Olympic medal won by a Canadian in women’s weightlifting (first contested in the 2000 Sydney Olympics), and the first Olympic medal won by a Canadian in weightlfting since Jacques Demers won a silver in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
Even Oumpf got in on the action:
— Jeane Lassen (@jeanelassen) July 31, 2012
Hopefully Christine’s success can inspire a new generation of weightlifters in Canada. Our goal is to have Canadians win medals more than once every few decades! Christine, now 27, was involved in sports at a very early age and started olympic weightlifting at the age of 10. She was competing at the provincial level by age 12. If you think you have a little Olympian in the making, make sure you check out our children’s program starting this fall as well as our junior weightlifting program!