Rio de Janeiro, 2010 Pan American Championships
My teammate Mathea Stevens was on the same flight. I will skip over the play-by-play details here [....] and jump to the conclusion that has us both enjoying a complimentary night in an upscale part of Rio de Janeiro. Mathea and I were pulled off our plane due to our sporting equipment being held up. We have sorted it out. And into the bargain of this unexpected extra night in Rio, we have an opportunity for much coveted rest and a much appreciated dose of vitamin D.
So here I am reporting to you on my day off in Rio. Our Canadian National Team, including two CAN Fund recipients (myself and teammate Joshua Riker-Fox), came to Brazil this weekend and attained no fewer than seven podium finishes. [Pause here for a quick recap of the pentathlon competition day... from pente “five” + athlon “contest” .... in a single exciting day, the pentathlete competes in 5 disciplines in this order: 1. Fencing. 2. Swimming. 3. Equestrian showjumping. 4 +5. Combined run and shoot event! ] The Canadian pentathletes medaled in each of individual, team and relay categories, in both the men's and women's events. Again and again the Canadian flag was hoisted for the podium presentations. One highlight was team Canada taking the gold in the women's team category, ahead of strong teams fielded by countries like Cuba and the USA. And then the next day our women's relay edged out strong contenders to earn one of two coveted quota spots for the World Championships in Cairo in 2011.
In total, as a team we took home so much hardware that it has taken some extra skillful packing to not be caught for extra weight at the airport check-in.