Athletics Canada named its largest Olympic team ever recently – and a few of the Rio 2016 hopefuls were more than excited.
Here are some of their responses to officially being named to Team Canada from the runners, jumpers, throwers and walkers Canadians will be cheering on at the Olympic Stadium in Rio.
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So your girl will be wearing this outfit again…BUT IN RIO 🎉🎉! I AM GOING TO THE OLYMPICS GUYS! No words can express the gratitude I have for those who have helped me get to this point. It's been a rough road and I was really hard on myself for it not happening so picture perfect. It's not always about how you get there, just as long as you do get there! And I could not have gotten here without God, period. The words "olympian" never sounded, felt and looked so good! #rio2016
Damian Warner is headed to his second Games after placing fifth at London 2012 in the decathlon. Warner had a fantastic 2015 season, winning gold at TO2015 and silver at the IAAF world championships. In 2016, Warner took home the decathlon title at the Hypo meet with 8523 points.
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Kimberly Hyacinthe will represent Canada at her first Olympic Games this summer. The Team Canada sprinter will be competing in the 200m and 4x100m relay.
World champion Shawn Barber celebrated with his pole vault teammates Alysha Newman, Annika Newell and Kelsie Ahbe. All four will be first-time Olympians in Rio. Barber not only beat the world last year, he also reached the six-metre mark in his discipline, a rarity in pole vault.
Family portrait time! Over the past 4 years it feels like I have spent more time with these three fantastic individuals more than my own family. There have been ups and downs but through all of it we've helped each other grow and learn. Earlier this year I was bummed out that I didn't have that special person in my life to share this amazing moment with. But after the support I've seen from friends and family since the announcement I realize that I have a ton of special people to share in this moment with, and none more so than Gerry, Inaki and Ben (and my family, of course). So to everyone who has sent their congratulations to us, we thank you deeply! Now let's go win ourselves some medals. #roadtorio🇧🇷 #olympian #itsmyfirsttime
Evan Dunfee will tackle the race walk double in Rio, competing in both the 20km and 50km events. After making his first international appearance in 2007, the Pan Am 20km race walk champ is ready to make his Olympic debut.
Long-distance runner Lucas Bruchet is excited to make his Olympic debut, after qualifying for Rio in the 5000m with teammate and national record holder Mohammed Ahmed, who won the race and will be heading to his second Games.
Sage Watson will be making her Olympic debut in Rio in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Watson previously won bronze during TO2015 with Canada’s 4x400m relay team and is hoping to repeat that success in Brazil.