Proud mo­ments

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Curt Har­nett’s voice was raspy, so he was try­ing to take it easy dur­ing the week­end. He hiked up and down the stairs at Var­sity Sta­dium, toss­ing pins into the crowd at the Pan Amer­i­can Games archery com­pe­ti­tion, in be­tween wav­ing a huge Cana­dian flag. But Canada’s chef de mis­sion – and the team’s head cheer­leader – was oth­er­wise keep­ing quiet. “Still able to talk (barely), which is a good thing,” Har­nett said. “I’ve had a cou­ple of days where I’ve tried to stay quiet, and the crowd’s do­ing their job. But I can’t con­tain my­self, I’m emo­tion­ally in­vested in all of this, the suc­cess of our ath­letes is im­por­tant to me as a per­son, it’s a sense of pride that I can’t seem to shake.” A week into the Pan Amer­i­can Games, there has been plenty of rea­son to be proud and vo­cal. Canada topped the medal ta­ble through most of Week 1 be­fore fall­ing to sec­ond Satur­day night. The United States led with 50 gold and 135 to­tal medals. Canada had 48 gold and 122 medals through Satur­day. But Canada boosted its gold medal to­tal to 52 head­ing into Sun­day’s late evening events.

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