The community, the city, the entire country is cheering on Erica Wiebe’s gold medal victory in Olympic wrestling. Here are some stories, interviews and photos from the last 24 hours.
Audio interviews from CBC Morning on Friday with Wiebe and her mom, Paula Preston:
Article from the Canadian Olympic Committee:
Erica Wiebe’s journey from “random person” to Olympic champion
In June, Wiebe had visited her old elementary school, Holy Spirit, in Stittsville, Ontario. While there, she made the students sing O Canada with her (“in both official languages” she was sure to note). When she stood on the top step of the podium and saw the maple leaf raise and the national anthem play in her honour, it was those students she thought of.
Article from CBC / Canadian Press:
“I’ve never had this much fun wrestling,” Wiebe said. “I just wanted to go out there, not think about what match it was or who I was wrestling.
Signs started going up all over the community today:
— Shad Qadri (@ShadQadri) August 19, 2016
— Sue McCormick (@suesean7) August 18, 2016
And the congrats keep coming in…
— Ottawa Catholic SB (@OttCatholicSB) August 19, 2016
“Still doesn’t quite feel like this is real life,” she wrote on Instagram.