It’s finally here!
I can recall being a tiny, 8 year-old kid, watching the CBC coverage of the 1984 Summer Olympics from Los Angeles during dinner, being totally mesmerized by the athletes and the passion by which the broadcasters shared their stories. Another four years later, I watched the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games and my dream to compete at the Olympic Games was born.
That quest would take me another 12 years. After three Olympiads competing at the Games in sprint kayaking (’00, ’04, ’08), I am now going to my fourth Games as part of the CBC Broadcast Team..
Like in my athlete days, I have prepared fully, my team is ready and now it’s time to do what I’ve trained to do at Lagoa Stadium, where the canoe kayak competition will take place.
I am excited to share stories of passion, triumph, defeat and the presence and commitment to this singular pursuit that all these athletes share.
One of my favourite questions to ask the athletes I get to speak with is to describe who they are and what happens when they are in their best zone. It’s a great question for each of us to ponder once and a while. As we recall those seemingly simple details of who we are when we are at our best, we re-commit to being that person and less on the do-ing that we sometimes allow to take over.
Often a best-effort performance comes from getting into and staying in that zone. Connecting to and paying attention to what matters.
I know I will use my inner athlete to connect to and bring out the very best in these Rio Olympians.
At the end of the day, I’m excited to feel the energy and share the sport of sprint canoe kayak with people who may never have watched it before. Or better yet, with the next generation of future Olympians who are watching…
Canada, it’s about to get loud on the water!