A panoply of lady Olympians who’ve brought Canada all 12 of the medals won in the first week of the Summer Games.
XII medallions for the XX chromosome side.
Grrrrl power in the pool, the rowing boat basin, the synchronized diving platform, the velodrome, the rugby sevens pitch. Without them, as the sun set on Day 8, Canada would have been zero for Rio.
Celebrated at home and podium saluted here, latest among the decorated gang that captured bronze Saturday in track cycling team pursuit.
An equality of opportunity if a glaring inequality in the sum result, all yin and no yang.
And the females, unlike our prime minister’s gerrymandered cabinet selection, didn’t have their laurels handed to them on a pewter platter.
“I’m so impressed with some of the clutch performances, in the synchronized diving when they came through on the fifth dive, in the team pursuit today,” said chef de mission Curt Harnett, himself a former pedal-pushing Olympic medalist. “And the way the swimmers in the pool have delivered time and time again.”
To be clear, Harnett has little enthusiasm for playing the gender game. “I’ve never really thought of it on those terms, though it’s certainly been a unique thing here, with their dominance in results.
“Ultimately, I’d like to think that Canada provides for young girls a field of play that later translates into valid international sports opportunities.
“A bright, confident attitude and amazing spirit that I certainly never had at the age of 16, 17, 18.”
To be fair, the schedule in the first half of the Olympics fortnight has favoured Canadian females over males, especially with so many distances and strokes contested in the pool, where teenager Penny Oleksiak, unheralded no more, scooped a hardware quartet in individual and relay events, pressing her finger down firmly on the gender scale.[…]
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