Within hours of Canada’s victory over Sweden at the Tokyo Games, the Christine Sinclair Community Centre in her hometown of Burnaby, B.C., had a giant gold medal and commemorative banner hanging from the roof.
“Earlier this year, we named this facility after Christine Sinclair in recognition of her incredible accomplishments both on and off the pitch,” Burnaby Mayor Mike Hurley said. “Today, she has added another historic achievement to her resumé: she is an Olympic champion. Congratulations to Christine and all members of Team Canada. Your performance has inspired the next generation of Burnaby athletes.”
When the former Fortius Sport and Health centre was renamed in her honour in early June, Sinclair, who had often played and trained there, said she was looking forward to “seeing the next generation of athletes come through these doors.”
- Golden moment: CBC says 4.4 million viewers tuned in to the Canada-Sweden women’s soccer final, making it the most-watched moment the Games.
- Joey Bronze: Former Blue Jays slugger José Bautista is an Olympic bronze medallist. Bautista and the Dominican Republic beat South Korea 10-6 to reach the podium. Bautista walked twice, struck out twice and reached base on a fielder’s choice in five plate appearances in the deciding game. Japan beat the United States for gold, a fitting end given that the sport — last contested at a Games in 2008 — returned to the Olympic menu at the request of the host nation.
- Born to jump: American equestrian Jessica Springsteen, daughter of rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, bossed her way to a silver medal — after a jump-off with Sweden — in the team event in Tokyo. Springsteen, riding Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, clipped one rail in the primary round but rode clean on the shortened jump-off course with her parents watching from home. She said her mom’s riding lessons initially inspired her to take up the sport on the family farm in Colts Neck, N.J.
- Oh, beer: Five members of Australia’s field hockey team were punished after getting caught leaving the Olympic Village to buy beer at a local convenience store, in violation of health and safety protocols. “We have reprimanded them, we have isolated them in their rooms and I think they’re going home (soon),” Ian Chesterman, chef de mission for Australia’s Olympic delegation, told reporters in Tokyo. “They know that they have let their own teammates down.”
- No. 1 fan: Not everyone in Japan wanted the Games to go ahead. But according to the website Time Out, one Japanese man — who wishes to remain anonymous — has been standing outside the Olympic Village every day with a sign of encouragement for the athletes.
“Good morning athletes,” it reads. “Even if you don’t get a medal, you’re still the BEST!! So believe in yourself.”
The man arrives as early as 7:15 a.m. and stays for about two hours, raising the sign whenever a bus of athletes passes by. His initial message welcomed the athletes, but he changed it days into the Games after seeing people obsessing over medal counts.
Some athletes have shared photos and videos of the man on social media. At an Olympics that has been uncharacteristically quiet with no fans or family members allowed, his support has spoken volumes.
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