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Students from native faculties lined the driveway, waving flags and chanting “Go Canada Go!” because the athletes made their technique to the entrance steps of Rideau Hall.
Waiting there have been plenty of dignitaries and politicians, together with Governor General Julie Payette, in addition to the Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Kirsty Duncan. Both talked about how inspirational the athletes’ performances had been throughout their competitions in South Korea.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was additionally scheduled to deal with the athletes. Watch his remarks stay within the video participant beneath at 3:30 p.m. ET.
This yr’s Games had been historic for Canada — the nation’s athletes earned a record-breaking variety of medals for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The largest-ever Canadian Olympic delegation of 225 athletes received 29 medals. It was additionally the largest-ever Canadian Paralympic delegation, with 55 athletes. Paralympians received a report 28 medals for Canada.
As a part of the celebration at Rideau Hall, the athletes had been introduced with rings.
Morrisons nonetheless having fun with the journey
Denny Morrison has competed in 4 Olympics and had taken half in post-Games celebrations earlier than, however had by no means seen one thing as grand as Wednesday’s occasion in Ottawa.
“It’s cool they’ve made such a big deal of it this year. For a lot of athletes, that ring means being part of something bigger than their own Olympic journey,” Morrison mentioned. “It’s being part of the Olympic family.”
The four-time Olympic medallist was beside his spouse, Josie Morrison, who additionally competed in pace skating in Pyeongchang. It was her first Games.
The Morrisons initially had a household journey deliberate to Croatia, which might have taken them away from the celebration at Rideau Hall — however they needed to be on the occasion.
“Jose and I have been trying to enjoy every step of this journey together,” Denny mentioned. “We realize this is a special thing.”
Morrison additionally talked about how vital it was to be there to satisfy lots of the younger college students, one thing he mentioned is vitally vital to serving to younger Canadians to dream massive.
“It’s what this is all about now,” he mentioned. “We all go through setbacks in life and our career. I want to show Canadians we can be gritty and push through anything.”
Wright nonetheless absorbing Paralympic expertise
Saskatchewan’s Marie Wright grew to become one of many faces for Canada’s Paralympic workforce in Pyeongchang. The wheelchair roller is thought for her optimistic angle and infectious smile. But it hasn’t at all times been straightforward for her.
Thirty years in the past, Wright was in a horrific automobile accident on a rural street, leaving her a paraplegic. To make issues worse, her husband left her two years after the accident with 4 younger daughters.
But Wright by no means stopped. She credit her daughters for protecting her transferring ahead when she needed to stop. And there she was in Pyeongchang, competing for Canada and successful a bronze medal. She was additionally in Ottawa Wednesday to simply accept her ring, showcase her bronze medal and meet younger college students.
“I’m so excited to be here. It’s just awesome,” she mentioned, smiling. “A lot of them have been coming up to me and congratulating me.”
The college students weren’t the one ones congratulating Wright. She mentioned plenty of Olympians and Paralympians got here as much as her and thanked her for her braveness, calling Wright an inspiration.
“It’s incredible. I didn’t realize there would be this much hype, even after the Games. I’m amazed at it all,” she mentioned.
Wright has been talking at faculties, fundraisers and occasions all throughout Saskatchewan since she’s been residence. She mentioned she plans on working laborious over the following 4 years to get again to the Paralympics for Canada.
“My daughters said I have to get back there,” she mentioned. “So I’ll do everything I can to make sure that happens.”
Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-05-09 13:32:24, as ‘Canada’s Olympians, Paralympians rejoice in nation’s capital