Our 15th episode of the Performance Concepts Chat features Canadian Olympic Weightlifting sensation, Christine Girard. Christine made history by winning Canada’s first Olympic medal in weightlifting in 2012, earning the bronze medal in London. However, a lot has happened since then and Christine has now been awarded the bronze medal for her 2008 performance in Beijing, and will soon be receiving the gold medal for her performance at the 2012 Olympics. Positive drug tests years after these events, by athletes that finished above Christine, have allowed her to rightfully claim the medals she deserved. It is certainly a bittersweet victory for Christine, and she is happy to be crowned Olympic Champion. We discuss how she feels about achieving her dream in this manner, and how she has managed to keep a positive outlook throughout her career.
We also talk about the long journey Christine took from young weightlifter to Olympic Champion. It was not an easy journey and many of the challenges that Christine encountered went a long way to making her the determined athlete that she is. In many ways, these experiences have also helped to make Christine an even better coach and parent. Not only does she have an enhanced awareness of the individual needs of athletes, but she also has a great perspective on what is important in her life. Christine also talks a bit about writing a book about her life and journey as an athlete.
Christine can be reached on Twitter via @ch_girard. You can also visit her website for information on her coaching services and workshops christinegirard.ca
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