SPORTS Cana­dian weightlifter gets gold, bronze be­lat­edly

Chris­tine Gi­rard awarded for past Olympic events af­ter her com­peti­tors stripped of medals

StarMetro Toronto - - DAILY LIFE - Lisa Wal­lace

The 33-year-old re­ceived her Lon­don 2012 Olympic gold and Bei­jing 2008 Olympic bronze medals on Mon­day in a much-an­tic­i­pated cer­e­mony for the re­tired weightlifter.

“I’ve been wait­ing for this mo­ment for a long time,” said an emo­tional Gi­rard to the crowd gath­ered at the Na­tional Arts Cen­tre. “There’s just so much emo­tion. I’m just so proud to be able to be here to­day to re­ceive this, not only in my name, but for my fam­ily, my friends that sup­ported me, for Canada.”

Gi­rard learned in 2016 she would be up­graded to gold medal for the 63- kilo­gram event in Lon­don af­ter Maiya Maneza of Kaza­khstan and Svet­lana Tsarukaeva of Rus­sia were stripped of their medals. A retest of their urine sam­ples had tested pos­i­tive for a banned sub­stance.

The feel­ing of win­ning bronze is still a point of pride for Gi­rard as she be­came the first Cana­dian woman to medal in weightlift­ing.

Gi­rard will be awarded $10,000 from the Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee for win­ning gold in ad­di­tion to the $10,000 she re­ceived in 2012.

Chris­tine Gi­rard with(left to right) Aliana, Sa­muel and Philip.

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