BEIJING – Here are some notable quotes from the Beijing Olympics on Feb. 16, 2022:
“I just think if you put the work in, anything is possible. Finishing on top of the podium with these guys, it is living your dream.”
— Canadian short-track speedskater Charles Hamelin, who won a gold medal with his teammates in the men’s 5,000 meter relay. The medal ties him with long-track speedskater Cindy Klassen as the only Canadian athletes to reach six winter podiums.
“”An amazing experience, incredible honor to be here at the Olympics and have the chance to wear the Maple Leaf and represent the country. That’s something I’ll remember the rest of my life.“
— Canadian netminder Matt Tomkins who made 24 stops in Canada’s 2-0 quarterfinal defeat to Sweden. The loss eliminated Team Canada from the tournament.
“I like the feeling of the pressure. I feel like that’s why we play sport. If it was a guarantee then it wouldn’t be as much fun. So when the adrenaline’s going, when the game’s on the line, that’s when I love it the most and that’s when it seems like everything gets more clear for me.”
—Curler Jennifer Jones, whose rink remains in the hunt for a quarterfinal berth after winning one game and losing the other on Wednesday.
“I’m just trying to stay in the moment and enjoy it because we don’t know how many years we can do this.”
—Max Moffatt of Caledon, Ont., after finishing ninth in men’s slopestyle
“Sharing a medal, the three of us, is something that will tie us together for life.”
—Speedskater Valerie Maltais, who won gold in the team pursuit for Canada alongside teammates Isabelle Weidemann and Ivanie Blondin.
“I just want to give her a hug honestly, she has nothing to feel ashamed of. She’s a two-time Olympian and worked her butt off.”
—Women’s curling team vice Kaitlyn Lawes of fellow Canadian curler Rachel Homan, who said she was in “the deepest of black holes” after missing the playoffs in mixed doubles.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, it really is, just losing in any fashion. No disrespect to Slovakia or anybody, we just felt so good about the direction of our team and the way we were playing.“
—US coach David Quinn after his side was eliminated by Slovakia in a shootout in the men’s hockey quarterfinal.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 16, 2022.
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