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Go World: Team VISA’s Emilie Heymans

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:39am PDT
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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. They have partnered with me to showcase members of their team like Brent Hayden of Mission and to do a giveaway this week. The next Team VISA athlete that I am proud to feature is Emilie Heymans.

…she’s done something no other Canadian summer Olympian has ever attained. Heymans, along with partner Jennifer Abel, earned a bronze medal in the women’s three-metre synchronized springboard event – she can add to her medal haul with the individual springboard competition still ahead. The medal did more than just give the nation its first medal of the Games, it cemented the 30-year-old into a Canadian Olympic icon.

With her third-place showing, Heymans became the first Canadian to win four medals in four straight Olympics. (Another Canadian Olympian, Toronto trampolinist Karen Cockburn, can equal the mark in London). She also is the first female diver to accomplish this feat. [CBC News]

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 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 Olympic athlete of all time (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $250 pre-paid #VISA #GoWorld gift card from @Miss604

One winner will drawn on Saturday, August 11 2012 at 12:00pm. This is the 2nd of 4 Team VISA posts this week and I 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 The winner is Shannon Mac!

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  1. Tanya ci says:

    Clara Hughes ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Amy says:

    My all time favourite is Simon Whitfield!

  3. Donna L says:

    I have to go with Elvis Stojko. His era was when I really fell in love with the olympics.

  4. Carol Anne says:

    Anyone who makes it that far is an inspiration, but I must say a favourite of mine is…Clara Hughes!

  5. Brenda says:

    Kristi Yamaguchi

  6. Cliff says:

    Randy Ferbey

  7. Sabina D says:

    Greg Joy 1976 canadian champ

  8. Anth says:

    Christine Sinclair!!!

  9. Jane says:

    Clara Hughes is my favourite athlete of all time. She competed in both the Winter and Summer Olympics. Even with the bad back she still competed at the 2012 London Olympics.

  10. Ray Maddly says:

    Clara Hughes is amazing.

  11. Kelly B. says:

    Clara Hughes for sure!

  12. Bonnie M says:

    Shaun White.

  13. Sanaz says:

    Nadia Comaneci

  14. Elizabeth B says:

    Nadia Comaneci- I remember watching the ’76 Olympics and being mesmerized by her performance. tweeted too!

  15. Teresa says:

    Usain Bolt…reminds me of a cheetah.

  16. Michael says:

    Steve Yzerman – 2002 Olympic gold medal!

  17. Amelia says:

    Gabby Douglas. Love her.

  18. Justine says:

    Clara Hughes. To excel at her events in both the summer and winter games is inspirational.

  19. Kathy E. says:

    Kurt Browning

  20. Victoria says:

    Without a doubt my favorite Olympic athlete is Christine Sinclair. She made Canada proud with her skill and her never-say-die strength. She’s a Canadian Olympic hero. She earned the chance at Gold even if the ref took it away from her.

  21. Christine says:

    Kurt Browning was always my favorite!

  22. bc says:

    Lawrence Lemieux, 1988 Seoul

  23. Gary says:

    Silken Laumann

  24. Krista says:

    Simon Whitfield

  25. Dilara says:

    Nadia Comaneci

  26. JRF says:

    How about our hometown hero from Victoria Ryder Hesjedal

  27. Leanne M says:

    Clara Hughes

  28. Gerald says:

    Nadia Comaneci’s perfect 10s made the Olympics exciting to me for the first time.

  29. chrissy says:

    Dominique Dawes!

  30. Ron says:

    Sidney Crosby for giving us hockey gold!

  31. Greg Gurd says:

    Clara hughes

  32. Jan says:

    Adam van Koeverden

  33. Bree says:

    Clara Hughes!

  34. Dana says:

    Alexei Nemov

  35. Shelley says:

    Joannie Rochette, with her gutsy performance to win bronze only days after her Mother’s death.

  36. Andrew says:

    Alexandre Bilodeau!

  37. Lori says:

    Clara Hughes is pretty amazing

  38. Jeff says:


  39. Bonnie says:

    My favourite Olympic athlete of all time is Daniel Igali.

  40. Stephanie says:

    Usain Bolt is incredible

  41. laurel k. says:

    Clara Hughes, have always admired her

  42. Linda says:

    Definitely Clara Hughes.

  43. Andrea says:

    Clara Hughes!

  44. Curtis says:

    Clara Hughes ๐Ÿ™‚ I saw her get a bronze in Vancouver 2010

  45. Rebecca says:

    Kurt Browning

  46. Laura says:

    That’s a hard one, there are too many just to have a favourite one. I feel proudest of Alexandre Despatie, especially all that he’s overcome.

  47. Heidi C says:

    Clara Hughes

  48. Gina A says:

    Clara Hughes

  49. Sherry F says:

    Clara Hughes without doubt

  50. Kelly says:

    Patrick Chan!

  51. Al says:

    Clara Hughes!!!

  52. Gideon says:

    Ashleigh McIvor, moving skiing forward!

  53. Karen says:

    Nadia Comanichi

  54. Matthew M says:

    Usain Bolt

  55. tazim says:

    Dominique Dawes

  56. Laura says:

    Clara Hughes – an amazing athlete and role model!

  57. Candice says:

    Simon Whitfield

  58. Mark says:

    Usain Bolt

  59. Ken says:

    Catriona Le May Doan, Clara Hughes, Silken Laumann…among many others.

  60. Brittany says:

    Christine Sinclair! & Joannie Rochette!

  61. Cecilia says:

    Clara Hughes!!

  62. Leah Pirani says:

    Clara Hughes for sure

  63. Brenda says:

    So many to choose from but Clara Hughes!

  64. Angela griffin says:

    christine sinclair

  65. Katie says:

    It’s between two athletes: Joe Sakic for Winter, and Christine Sinclair for Summer!

  66. Jason says:

    Going way back to Mark Spitz. I was in competitive swimming and he ruled!

  67. Jason says:

    Because it would be too easy for a guy like me to go with toothless, stick-wielding gladiators, I looked outside the confines of hockey rosters for my faves: Speedskater Catriona Lemay Doane on the women’s side, and decathlete Mike Smith on the men’s side.

  68. Jen says:

    Adam van Koeverden

  69. Stacey says:

    Kurt Browning!

  70. Tanis says:

    Sidney Crosby!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. My favorite Olymoic athlete of all time is Nadia Comaneci. No matter how many times I watch her videos I still get excited about her performance!

  72. Eileen says:

    Kerri Strug

  73. Shannon says:

    Marnie McBean

  74. Sandi says:

    Clara Hughes

  75. Belinda says:

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moirs!

  76. Belinda says:

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moirs

  77. Jodi says:

    Thinking of Christine Sinclair and the women’s Soccer team as they fight for a medal – well deserved! #GoWorld @sincy12 @CDNOlympicTeam #Proud #WNT

  78. Oliver says:

    Jennifer Heil

  79. Miss dee says:

    Clara Hughes. A woman in both winter and summer olympics. Now that’s impressive!

  80. Sheila says:

    There are so many to choose from its hard to just pick one. But if I can only pick one – Clara Hughes.

  81. Tiffany says:

    Christine Sinclair

  82. Heather says:

    Clara Hughes

  83. Candice says:

    Simon Whitfield!

  84. Kerri says:

    Sidney Crosby

  85. Candice says:

    Simon Whitfield is my favorite.

  86. Renn says:

    Catriona Le May Doan!

  87. Terry says:

    Sidney Crosby!

  88. Kelvin says:

    Donovan Bailey for sure.

  89. Kat says:

    Jon Montgomery

  90. Karen says:

    Michael Phelps!

  91. Shannon says:

    Christine Sinclair

  92. Joyce L says:

    Clara Hughes!

  93. paul says:

    my favrorite of all time Kurt Browning good luck pv

  94. AJ says:

    Marina Navratilova

  95. ana says:

    Joannie Rochette– courage and class in the face of heartbreak.

  96. Linda says:

    Jesse Owens

  97. josh says:

    Alexandre Bilodeau! – First gold on Canadian Soil.

  98. McCoy says:

    Burnaby Joe Sakic. A class act on and off the ice.

  99. Timmy Wong says:

    I’d go with the 2002 Men’s Hockey team, captained by Super Mario

  100. Robbie S says:

    Shaun White!

  101. Joanne greenwood says:

    Jamaican Bobsled team

  102. allison says:

    Clara hughes. Such an iconic champion

  103. Mae says:

    There are so many great Canadian athletes…. but if I have to pick one, it would be the humble and multi-talented Clara Hughes.

  104. VC Nguyen says:

    My favourite Olympian of all time is Adam van Koeverden

  105. Jenn S says:

    Clara Hughes

  106. Karl Kliparchuk says:

    I vote for Bruny Surin. He is winner of a gold medal in the 4×100 m relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

  107. Allison Mander says:

    Colin Jenkins- thanks to CTV’s ‘Difference Makers’

  108. Deidre says:

    Silken Laumann has my vote

  109. Marieke says:

    Tough one, but have to go for Clara Hughes, with a special shout-out to Joannie Rochette

  110. Kate says:

    Kurt Browning!

  111. Janet says:

    My fav is Christine Sinclair!

  112. Kay says:

    Tessa virtue

  113. Adina H. says:

    My favourite Olympic athlete is Donovan Bailey.

  114. Elena says:

    Clara Hughes

  115. roy whitney says:

    kurt browning

  116. Jag says:

    Usain Bolt

  117. Gary T says:

    The Greatest – Muhammad Ali

  118. Bal says:

    Donovan Bailey (and the 4 men that also won Gold in 1996)

  119. MICHELLE says:

    Michael Phelps is the best of the best ๐Ÿ™‚

  120. Betty says:

    Adam van Koeverden

  121. Ruby says:

    Christine Sinclair – one of the best soccer players ever!

  122. Jackie says:

    Nadia Comenici: 32 years later her performance is brilliant! Such grace and athleticism.

  123. debbie f says:

    Clara hughes

  124. Hisayo says:

    Sidney Crosby gold medal game 2010

  125. Jeanne says:

    Clara Hughes

  126. Andre says:

    Clara Hughes

  127. Julia says:

    Clara Hughes

  128. Vince says:

    Christine Sinclair

  129. Cheryl (@loucheryl) says:

    Bruce Jenner!

  130. Ginger Leah Gervais says:

    Clara Hughes!

  131. Tamara says:

    Clara Hughes!

  132. Shawn says:

    All our Canadian athletes are winners!! Rock on!

  133. lindawwww says:

    Kurt Browning

  134. Rebecca says:

    Christine Sinclair

  135. KarenS says:

    Michael Edwards

  136. Mark says:

    Usain Bolt is the best!

  137. Maureen M says:

    Clara Hughes-there are just not that many athletes who are world class competitors in a winter and summer sport/discipline and have medalled at several Olympics.

  138. Amy says:

    Greg Louganis

  139. stacey dempsey says:

    i will never forget watching nadia commenichi when i was a kid, I know she is not canadain but you had to be in awe of her and her performances

  140. Carlie says:

    Clara Hughes

  141. Karla Sceviour says:

    Kurt Browning.

  142. Lou (@davids_deardad) says:

    Michael Phelps!

  143. Nancy says:

    Clara Hughes is such an inspiration, competing in both Winter and Summer Olympics and winning medals in both! Wow!

  144. linda says:

    How does one pick ONE from the pool of such amazing talent.

  145. Bons says:

    Clara Hughes!

  146. Laura Moschitto says:

    I fell in love with the Olympics in 1988 during the Calgary games. My fav Olympians were Elizabeth Manley & Brian Orser!

  147. Tony says:

    Patrick Chan!

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