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Athletes worth cheering on

Mendalla

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Maggie MacNeil, a 19 year-old from London, Ontario, took gold and set a Canadian record in the 100m butterfly at the swimming worlds. It was her first world championship and she beat a three-time world champion and Olympic champion to do it. She's the kind of athlete I admire, gutsy and full of love for her sport rather than looking to her next paycheque. And she also took a bronze as part of the 4x100 freestyle relay team.


I would also salute the 4x100 team for sportsmanship as they used their moment on the podium to send a message of support to a Japanese swimmer who is battling leukemia.

Any successful athletes, perhaps ones who aren't big "stars", that you'd like to salute? For either their success or their sportsmanship?
 

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To update the story above, the women's swim team set a new record of 8 medals in the pool at the worlds.

Maggie Mac Neil - Gold in 100m butterfly
Kylie Masse - Gold in 100m backstroke, bronze in 200m backstroke
Sydney Pickrem - bronze in 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke
4x200 freestyle relay team - bronze
4x100 medley relay team - bronze
4x100 freestyle relay team - bronze

Penny Oleksiak, the star of the Rio games for Canada in the pool, didn't take any individual medals but anchored all three relay teams.

This all leaves us looking good for the Tokyo Olympics next year, with Canada qualifying in 5 relay events for the Olympics.

Besides the pool successes, Eric Hedlin landed a bronze in the 5km Open Water event.
 

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I follow mountain bike (cross country or "XC") racing. We have three women who are very competitive, and one guy. Catherine Pendrel won bronze at the last Olympics, Emily Batty was 4th, and the emerging threat is Haley Hunter Smith who has outperformed them both on the world cup this year. On the men's side, Peter Disera is an emerging threat. What they are doing on bikes is amazing. You can catch their world cup races on Red Bull TV. I would not be surprised by any of those three women winning a medal. Peter had a personal best 6th recently, and he just keeps getting better since he graduated from U of G last year, an amazing achievement. If he keeps it up he'll be a dark horse at least.
 

Luce NDs

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I like the Reader's Cup ... the holy Grail of intelligence ... somewhat restrictive as few read into it ... creating dark horses!

Then there was the Red Headed Stranger ... an odd story ... unless adequately interpreted in depth ... use caution ... or in short, beware ...
 
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