TOKYO — Here are some notable quotes from Canadians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 5, 2021.
"It's really special. It's one of those things where when you're younger, you set little dreams and goals. I just remember watching guys like Donovan Bailey and Catriona Le May Doan when I was a kid, celebrating and winning gold medals, and sitting on the couch watching it with my mom, telling her, 'I want to do that one day.' It's really cool coming out here and finally live that dream."
--Canadian Damian Warner, who won gold and set an Olympic record in the decathlon. Warner finished the 10-discipline event with 9,018 points, bettering the previous Olympic record of 8,893 points.
"I pushed until the end. No matter how many people I thought were catching up to me, I was just like, 'No, no, no. You cannot drop, you cannot let go. Just push until the end.'
"It's just crazy. I have 13 world championships, but this silver at the Games is so different."
--Sprint canoer Laurence Vincent-Lapointe after winning silver in the women's C-1 200-metre race. It was the Olympic debut of a sport Vincent-Lapointe had largely owned for more than a decade.
"I didn’t come here today to win. I knew I could do well, but I’m very happy with the outcome and I don’t quite realize it yet. I’m starting to feel the high emotions and realize it, but in the moment I crossed the finish line I didn’t really know what I had done."
--Canadian cyclist Lauriane Genest on winning the bronze medal in the women's keirin event
"We're still pinching ourselves that we're here. But I like that about this group. We're not satisfied at all. I think looking at training today, we're as fresh as we could be going into this game."
--Canadian soccer forward Janine Beckie on the upcoming gold-medal game against Sweden. Olympic officials announced Thursday that the start time had been pushed back from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. after both teams expressed concerns about playing in the midday heat.
"Yes I'm sad, I don't want to finish my career this way. It hurts. But I fought to the end, I'm proud of myself."
--Diver Meaghan Benfeito, who failed to qualify for the 10-metre platform final by five points. At the age of 32, Benfeito believes Tokyo will be her final Olympics.
"Like Aaron (Brown) said, we only got like two, three hours of sleep but we both knew we had to come out here to make sure we qualified to have the chance to get on the podium again. So we just came out here, warmed up and gave it our best shot."
--Sprinter Andre De Grasse, who ran a sizzling anchor leg to put Canada's 4x100 relay into Friday's final with a third-place finish. Both De Grasse and teammate Aaron Brown had to run the relay only 14 hours after the 200-metre final in which De Grasse won gold.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2021.
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