Weightlifter Christine Girard in line for Olympic gold
Christine Girard appears poised to become Canada’s first Olympic gold medallist in weightlifting, but she may have to wait years to celebrate the historic achievement.
Girard learned Wednesday that her bronze medal from the London Olympics may be upgraded to gold after the two women who finished ahead of her were nabbed in doping retests.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Girard told The Canadian Press in a phone interview. “It’s bittersweet. I would have really liked to have had the proper ceremony, have our flag and hear that song that makes us cry on the podium, but at the same time I’m happy that it got cleared up.”
The International Weightlifting Federation announced Wednesday that samples of 11 weightlifters from the 2012 Games showed positive results.
Silver medallist Svetlana Tsarukaeva of Russia and gold medallist Maiya Maneza of Kazakhstan have been provisionally suspended but it will likely take months, or even years, for the Olympic medals to be redistributed.