Day 13 of the Olympics was a huge one for Canada, as our athletes won four medals.
Calgary’s own Erica Wiebe won gold in the 75 kilogram final of women’s wrestling, beating Guzel Manyurova of Kazakhstan 6-0.
A few dozen people including U of C wrestlers and friends packed a pub in the northwest to watch the match and there was a lot of screaming and a lot of tears when Wiebe pulled off the win.
Former wrestling world champion Christine Nordhagen convinced Wiebe to move to Calgary to train years ago.
“It’s Erica’s attitude. She’s amazing, she’s the most positive person I know and she works hard. When you work hard and you find a sport you love, amazing things can happen. Erica did it today. It’s such a hard thing to do, to win an Olympic gold medal and that was her goal.”
Helen Hennick trained with Erica in the past and says the gold medal win will be a boost to those just getting their start in wrestling.
“There’s all these young kids out here watching and they’ve all watched her train, they’re friends with her and it kind of shows them that with the same work ethic and determination that Erica has, they can achieve great things too.”
Meanwhile sprinter Andre De Grasse won silver in the men’s 200m, behind Jamaican star Usain Bolt. That’s two medals for De Grasse on the track and he has a chance at a third Friday in the men’s 4 x 100 relay. It was Bolt’s third straight Olympic gold medal in this event.
Damian Warner captured bronze in the decathlon.
Meaghan Benfeito won a bronze in the women’s 10 metre platform final.
Canada now has 18 medals.