The latest Olympic highlights
OLYMPIC EVENTS FOR AUGUST. 8
- The games end with the closing ceremony in progress: With all the competitions over, the Tokyo Games officially end with the Closing Ceremony, now underway. Gold medal decathlete Damian Warner has been named Canada’s flag bearer, which he says is “the honor of [his] lifetime. At the ceremony, Japan extinguishes its more than one year old flame and wraps up a unique Olympic Games that have been plagued, before and throughout their journey, by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closing ceremony paves the way for Paris to host the next Summer Games in 2024, while Beijing will host the Winter Games in February 2022, just six months away.
- Track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell wins gold, Canada’s last medal: Track cyclist Kelsey Mitchell won gold in the women’s sprint on the final day of the Games, meaning Canada’s seventh place at the top and the country’s 24th and final medal in Tokyo. After its 23rd edition, Canada set a national record for medals at the Summer Games outside of the boycotted 1984 Olympics.
- The United States’ lead for the gold medal over China on the final day: The United States narrowly edged China by a gold medal on the final day of competition after winning three more events, bringing their number of first places to 39. China had led for much of the competition. Olympics, but finished second with 38. The United States also won the most overall medals and will also be the only country to win 100.
- The IOC is giving itself more power to remove sports from the Olympic program: The International Olympic Committee voted new powers amid protracted problems with the leadership of weightlifting and boxing. Both sports have already seen their athlete quota reduced for the Paris 2024 Olympics and weightlifting could be scrapped altogether. The Olympic Charter has been amended so that all IOC members can withdraw a sport if its governing body does not comply with a decision taken by the IOC Executive Board or if it “acts in a manner which could tarnish its reputation. of the Olympic movement ”.
- Canadian athletes pushed the challenges of the pandemic to Olympic success: Canada’s cautious approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has made training and competition difficult for its Olympic hopefuls, but that hasn’t seemed to slow them down. In Tokyo, Canada had collected 24 medals and no positive COVID-19 test among our athletes.
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Four years ago Kelsey Mitchell did not own a bicycle. Now she is Olympic cycling champion in Tokyo
There is the almost unbelievably unlikely story of Kelsey Mitchell, who felt adrift behind the wheel of a Ford F-550 in 2017 while spraying weeds in the ditches of Strathcona County in Alberta, which four years ago. -year-old didn’t own a bike, who perhaps thought it had the makings of a bobsleigh – but became an Olympic gold medalist in track cycling on Sunday, reports Nathan VanderKlippe.
But there’s also the story of a woman who saw cycling as the perfect foil for a relentless competitive streak: a sport where every millisecond and every watt could be measured, then improved, and made even better.
Canadian Olympic Committee should enjoy its moment in the sun before questions about the Beijing Games get too big to ignore
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is having a blast with Canada’s medal-winning performance at the Tokyo Olympics. But as the medal hype wears off, the COC will have to grapple with serious questions about the upcoming Beijing Olympics.
“On Sunday, these people were still part of the most elite, state-funded clique of cool middle-aged kids. Strutting around in your red and black varsity jackets. The kings of the cultural cafeteria.
By Monday, they will have become the face of Canada’s push to Beijing 2022 and de facto supporters of the Chinese regime’s political goals. In some circles, that makes you a stooge at best and a collaborator at worst. ” Read Cathal Kelly’s full review here.
Tokyo Olympics will forever be known as the first COVID Olympics
Basically, the real disappointment of these Games was that they existed in two states at the same time. There was the Tokyo Olympics; and there was the Olympics that Tokyo should have had. These Olympics would have been incredible. Best ever, maybe.
In the end, everything was fine, which seems like a minor triumph considering the obstacles and how dark it could have been. But do not worry. If you missed one, there will be more Olympics in seven months. He will be held in a police state during an ongoing global health emergency. I’m sure one will be a barrel of laughs. Read Cathal Kelly’s full review here.
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