Team Canada has clinched yet another medal, making it the 3rd gold and 11th overall at the Tokyo 2020 Games so far. Canada’s women’s eight rowing crew celebrated their first gold medal in 29 years on Friday and it was as heartwarming as you’d expect. Canada led the race with a finishing time of 5:59.13, trailed by New Zealand in second and China in third.
The Olympians could hardly contain their joy in the moments after they glided into first place. Coxswain Kristen Kit can be seen pumping her fists in the air as her teammates cheered and hugged each other.
Viewers at home couldn’t help but get emotional with the team. “Yelling, crying, yelling and then celebrating! Love these 2020/21 women! Cheering [Team Canada] every inch of the way! You’ve got this Canada,” says one tweet.
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) July 30, 2021
This is also the second medal won by Team Canada in the Olympic rowing series. British Columbia locals Caileigh Filmer and Hillary Janssens won bronze the previous day.
Their victories are among many others won by female athletes at the Tokyo Games, where Canada’s women have put on such an impressive show that they have won all eleven of Canada’s medals thus far. This includes elite swimmer 21-year-old Penny Oleksiak, who is officially Canada’s most decorated Olympian at the summer games.
The athletes will receive a warm welcome in the Toronto area in August, where a drive-in homecoming celebration will be held at CF Sherway Gardens. The event will be “the first chance for Canadians to gather to celebrate Team Canada athletes’ after their inspirational performances,” accompanied by live shows by two chart-topping musicians.
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