January 20, 2021

Chasing Olympic dreams, Edmonton gains power through the sport epidemic

For Edmonton area athletes with Olympic aspirations, the COVID-19 epidemic has also brought an end to at least one Olympic dream.

After many years of hard work and training, and a few months away from Olympic qualifiers, athletes had to deal with a global epidemic that forced Tokyo to postpone the 2020 Games.

But athletes have met with the determination to turn the postponement into refills and extra training time to their advantage.

‘Very shocking’

Hartler Christy Moorman, 34, has never competed in an Olympics. It took her days to fully understand that she was locked up in March and eventually postponed the games.

“We actually had one of my best sessions, and then someone walked up and said, ‘We’re closed; everything is locked.’ So it was very shocking to the process,” Moorman said.

The postponement led to Mormon’s excellent training with plenty of time to focus on preparing with his coach, Wes Moorman, who is also her husband. But the extra year comes with mental and emotional challenges.

Before the current epidemics, a screen capture shows Christy Mormon adhering to sanctions at the University of Alberta Butterfly. (Presented by Christy Moorman)

The COVID-19 regulations and the Edmonton winter leave his training on a fitness bike and weight lifting at home, while some of his competitors around the world get hot weather to train indoors and outdoors.

“I definitely feel, frustration, sadness and fear,” Moerman said. “I think fear is a big thing that comes to me … ‘Can I train properly?’

“Can anyone else I compete with train better than I can, which will give me the best chance of passing me in the world rankings?”

The opportunity to create his first Olympics a year after international tours and competitions have ceased will create a storybook that ends in Mormon’s life.

After seeing the old pictures of her competing as a child, she reflects on her dream. The Olympic ban focuses on qualifying competitions that take place in the spring or summer.

“I don’t think a lot of people in Grade 6 have decided what they want to do with their lifetime, but I did. The Olympics, of course. I would lie if I said no. My big goal, if it’s not a big part of it, is why I wanted to do it this year. , “Said Mooreman.

“But for me, I still feel like I have to give up. I don’t think I’ve reached my potential yet. For me, it’s enough if I want to keep going.”

Working towards his 4th games

Meanwhile, another barrier who calls Edmonton home is training in Toronto, with the goal of giving the Olympics its last shot.

Angela White, 40, has already competed in three Olympics and wants to add another to her career. After she finished 30th in the 100-meter hurdles in Rio 2016, there is little to recover from her.

In the most restrained days of the epidemic, when tracks and training facilities were closed, White used weights in a backyard storage area and set up barricades on the streets or in nearby parks. He hopes to go the inner path for Canadian athletes who are exempt in the winter.

White has had a lot of things over the last four years and hopes to use his experience to an advantage.

Angela White of Canada responds after the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals at the 2013 World Athletics Championships in Moscow. (Martin Meisner / Associated Press)

“If they don’t happen, I can say that I ‘ve got a little out of my life and achieved a little bit. But at the same time, I decided to go four years, leave my job in the states, come back and finish four years, and see if I can build this team to do things that no other athlete has done. Take a look.

“So if I build this team [Canada], I will be the oldest female athlete to compete in hurdles or heptathlon, ”White said.

“Sports are generally considered the arena of a teenager, but if there is a sport, I think more and more athletes are starting to prove that what you want to do is possible.”

To qualify for Tokyo 2021, he must compete in obstacle encounters with Heptathlon and achieve consistent racing times.

White sees the challenges of training for an epidemic, the postponement of summer games for a year, and the uncertainty of next year’s matches as another chapter in his life.

“A lot has flown in the air. Training is hard, but when you look back at the pages of your book, do you know what I’re saying? It’s worth seeing you. Whatever the outcome, you went for it and gave it a shot,” he said. .

Qualifying chase at the new Olympic Games

The Tokyo Olympics offered an Edmonton athlete a unique opportunity when the 3×3 basketball event was first added.

Former NCA

Last year, the team played in 17 tournaments in a dozen countries.

Former Team Saskatoon player Steve Sir is celebrating the 3×3 World Tour 2017 event in Saskatoon. (FIBA Basketball)

The Olympic qualifiers in India were postponed a few weeks before the start of March due to concerns over COVID-19.

The Edmonton team of Sir, Jordan Baker, Kyle Laundry and Jordan Jensen-White was preparing to represent Canada in this tournament.

“We focused on what we tried to do, what a lot of people felt, and we realized what was important at this time: we make sure we are safe, we make sure our families are safe,” Sir said.

At the same time, players had to be proficient in finding ways to train, such as rope jumping and ball handling exercises in the basement.

The 38-year-old sir loves proverbs and mentions two words echoed last year from his grandparents. From his grandfather to “plan your work, execute your plan” and “take a step forward”, he says that is the reason for his grandmother.

“In the year you’ve been preparing for the Olympics we could not have together the time we obviously wanted, but we talked a lot about making sure we could control what we could, which is the product of our circumstances, our attitudes about it,” he said.

“It’s not the best, but it’s not going to do anything to make you complain and regret it.”

The Olympic qualifying 3×3 tournament is expected to take place on May 26-30 in Tokyo, Austria with six tickets.

Sir is grateful for his health and assistance during disasters, including training and training space, as roadblocks continue to bring restrictions and training challenges in the Edmonton winter.

“It’s going to be a contributor to urgency and the motivation to put our best foot forward, because how hard was this road, how lucky? Canadian jersey is on and can still go to the Olympics,” he said.

A newcomer is waiting

Kelsey Mitchell of Sherwood Park is relatively new to the Olympics, but the cyclist has already qualified to compete in Tokyo next summer.

Three years ago, the 27-year-old started full-time training for the cycling track after playing university football at the University of Alberta.

By that time, he had set a world record in the 200 meters. He finished his last race to qualify for Tokyo 2020 in March, finishing Canada with enough points before the epidemic.

She loved that moment so much, but more than that, she is training with the epidemic knowing that her place in the Olympics is safe.

Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell has been working on her performance since she’s late for the Tokyo Games, training at the Matami National Cycling Center in Ont Milton. (File / Getty Images)

“We were very lucky to finish those races because there are so many sports even within cycling that they still have to chase qualifying points and don’t know if they have a place in the Olympics, which is all about extra pressure,” Mitchell said.

He sees the postponement of games as an opportunity to improve.

“I got another year to excel in the sport [I’m] Taking it day by day. Luckily, we only got out of Velotrom for two months and then we got back there and we have been training hard ever since. “

Kelsey Mitchell [right] He trained outside in the summer as Tokyo prepares for 2021. (Presented by Kelsey Mitchell)

Mitchell is currently living with six other sprinters, who are in their bubble, and they are training together at Milton, Ondle. The days are similar to a strict diet and a regular training regime.

“There’s a lot more training. I personally like to train, I like to push myself every day, but I miss the race,” Mitchell said. “There’s talk of a World Cup in England in April, it goes very confidently, and then there’s a chance at another Olympics in Colombia.

“So training and trying to excel every day is a kind of project.”

Life after the Olympics

Gymnast Jackson Payne was the replacement for Canada at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. He did not come to compete and set his sights on Tokyo 2020.

Payne was training at Calcutta when the adjournment was announced.

“For about a month and a half I was very motivated, and as time went on, because there was so much talk about the Olympics that I couldn’t train, I started to put my career before training,” Payne said.

Jackson Payne performed the rings during the men’s qualifying sessions for the 2019 Gymnastics World Championships in Germany. (Matthias Schroeder / Associated Press)

Almost a decade and a half after competing in gymnastics, Payne retired in September.

“The feeling of uncertainty, the feeling of not having a real end date or goal, even if they say the Olympics are going to continue, maybe it will happen, it will probably happen, it will not be like any other Olympics,” Payne said.

Focusing on his role as the founder and CEO of Delio, he returned to his hometown of Edmonton. The company provides low cost delivery services to businesses in Calgary and Edmonton.

He finds that the lessons and skills he has learned in his career as an athlete have prepared him to excel in entrepreneurship.

“Be flexible, be determined, be able to run the target, and be able to shut down here and there. It takes your losses, learns from them and moves on from there.”

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