SPORTS Canadian weightlifter gets gold, bronze belatedly
Christine Girard awarded for past Olympic events after her competitors stripped of medals
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.