London has done quite an admirable job with the Summer Olympics so far and it’s been heartwarming to hear all the cheers for Canada echoing from the venues. Back at home, friends, family, and spectators are gathering at homes, pubs, and restaurants to support Team Canada from afar. There’s just one week left at the Games of the 33rd Olympiad and Canadians have made quite a splash already.
Visa is currently sponsoring a handful of Canadian Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (and some who have become champions already) as they have done for the last 26 years. One of their athletes is Mission, BC’s own Brent Hayden won bronze in the 100m freestyle last week. Shortly after Brent‘s triumphant swim, VISA issued the following congratulatory video billboard for their team member:
Back and shoulder issues continued to limit Hayden this year, but he was in great form on Wednesday, although he felt some tenderness in his back during the morning. “My back was not doing good today either,” said Hayden. “[I had] three spinal adjustments trying to get it to settle down.”
At the turn, he was second heading toward the finish. He admitted to feeling pain in the last final 25 metres although he didn’t show it. Hayden maintained his composure to edge two-time London gold medallist Yannick Agnel of France by 0.04th of a second to fulfill his Olympic dream.
Shaved bald, tattooed with the superman symbol on his chest and the Olympic rings below the maple leaf on his back, this giant of a man from Mission, B.C. took the last shot at swimming glory he will ever have and made the most of it, fighting every stroke for a bronze medal in the race that crowns the fastest man in the water.
You can continue to cheer on your Canadian athletes through Team VISA on Facebook and by using the tag #GoWorld on Twitter.
VISA Canada has also offered up a $250 pre-paid gift card to one lucky Miss604 reader to celebrate Canadians cheering for Canadians. Here’s how how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment naming your favourite London 2012 moment so far OR what you’re most looking forward to this week (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
One winner will drawn on Saturday, August 11 2012 at 12:00pm. I will have 4 Team VISA posts this week and will be collecting entries for the same, single prize on each. You may enter up to 4 times (once on each post) and all entries will be combined for a single random draw. Contest is open to all Canadians residents.
Update Gain another contest entry through the 2nd Team VISA post about Emilie Heymans.
Update The winner is Shannon Mac!