Seeing Canada’s Diana Matheson score the winning goal in the 90th minute of the women’s football bronze medal match against France. As a Canadian, I’m undeniably biased, but who isn’t when it comes to choosing their favorite Olympic moment? And few can claim that the Canadian team didn’t deserve a happy ending. After a disappointing (and controversial) loss to the US in the semi-finals, the disheartened Canadians managed to rally and defeat France 1-0. The medal marks not only the first for the women’s football team, but also the first Canadian team medal at the Summer Olympics since 1936.
Seeing countless athletes profusely apologizing to their countries, often in tears, for failing to win a gold medal. Contrasted with those who were genuinely ecstatic to win a medal — any medal — the sight of athletes crushed by remarkable performances that earned them second or third place, seriously disturbed me. Disappointment is understandable and I realize that winning is the goal, but it’s heart-breaking to hear an Olympian express genuine shame at not being the absolute best in the world.