The London Olympic Games are just shy of 2 months away and I can't help but feel a stir of excitement. As passion of mine since I was a little girl was to watch our Canadian athletes try day after day to honour their country and bring home a medal. There is just something so pure and genuin about the emotions and pride they feel for Canada.
Simon Whitfield, the Olympic Gold medalist in Sydney and the SIlver medalist in Beijing is the athlete I intend to keep my eyes pealed to this time around. He is a triatholete from British Columbia and at the last olympic games he brought a new dynamic to the sport. He turned it from an individual sport to a team sport and he brought someone I knew, from my time in University at Laurentian, along for the ride.
Colin Jenkins, a native of Hamilton was to be Simon's "domestique" who's sole job was to keep the pack from breaking away from Simon Whitfield. The plan was never for Colin to win the race himself, just to keep the pack close enough that Simon could catch up. The plan worked and Colin Jenkins became the happiest athlete to ever finnish in dead last at the olympics!
So, as we enter into the 2012 Olympics the energy and joy that surrounded the 2010 Olympics in British Columbia still resides in all of us. I hope that Canadian's embrace our athletes again this summer and our Canadian pride can be felt from water cooler to water cool each and every morning as we discuss the wins and loses from the night before with our co-workers, friends and clients.