Canadian sport: the greatest gift to the nation (Part 2)

Canadian approach to competition

Mac Marcoux 20-year-old alpine skier of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Reckoned that the feeling could be overwhelming. You puff out your chest with pride and stand a little straighter at Paralympics when you wear the Canadian team jacket.

Similarly, a military veteran wounded in Afghanistan Dominic Larocque frames something more than a gold-medal victory with his Canadian identity when he has gone onto win with the Canadian para-ice hockey team a world championship.

It is also very important to wear with honour the Maple Leaf.  To be an ambassador of Canada is the most important thing in sport or in the army. With regard to being a member of the Canadian sports story, this sense of dignity has a solid foundation, almost reverence. Canada and Canadians have developed a global reputation and sparkling for a consistently honourable vision of sport.

For Mac Marcoux Paralympic alpine skier, his approach to competition is as such important as winning

Stands beyond winning

The truth is that the world knows Canada stands for something far beyond winning and losing.

At the 1988 Olympics in Seoul the Dubin Inquiry in this springs from the Ben Johnson scandal where a Canadian sprinter’s positive doping test led to a national outrage in sport in perpetuity known as in which the country emphatically and publicly took the high road on drugs.

A rower who is the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee Tricia Smith reflected that all that it meant for sport in the Olympic village in 1988 as athletes they were devastated by Ben Johnson’s positive test.

It was the first and only time he had ever been embarrassed to be Canadian. They turned their jackets inside out. In their souls, what happened did not reflect the foundations upon who they truly believed they were and which they had built their careers and, importantly, it was so profound.

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