Go World: Team VISA’s Emilie Heymans

Comments 154 by Rebecca Bollwitt

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 http://ow.ly/cNLwj

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!

154 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Tanya ciTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:45am PDT

    Clara Hughes 🙂

  2. AmyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:46am PDT

    My all time favourite is Simon Whitfield!

  3. Donna LTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:48am PDT

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

  4. Carol AnneTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:51am PDT

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

  5. BrendaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:55am PDT

    Kristi Yamaguchi

  6. CliffTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:56am PDT

    Randy Ferbey

  7. Sabina DTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:56am PDT

    Greg Joy 1976 canadian champ

  8. AnthTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:57am PDT

    Christine Sinclair!!!

  9. JaneTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:58am PDT

    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 MaddlyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT

    Clara Hughes is amazing.

  11. Kelly B.Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:20am PDT

    Clara Hughes for sure!

  12. Bonnie MTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:40am PDT

    Shaun White.

  13. SanazTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:48am PDT

    Nadia Comaneci

  14. Elizabeth BTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:49am PDT

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

  15. TeresaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:01pm PDT

    Usain Bolt…reminds me of a cheetah.

  16. MichaelTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:03pm PDT

    Steve Yzerman – 2002 Olympic gold medal!

  17. AmeliaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:07pm PDT

    Gabby Douglas. Love her.

  18. JustineTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:28pm PDT

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

  19. Lori-Vancouver AirbnbTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:33pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  20. DarcyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:37pm PDT

    Steve Yzerman

  21. Kathy E.Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 12:38pm PDT

    Kurt Browning

  22. VictoriaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 1:11pm PDT

    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.

  23. ChristineTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 1:27pm PDT

    Kurt Browning was always my favorite!

  24. bcTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 1:46pm PDT

    Lawrence Lemieux, 1988 Seoul

  25. GaryTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 1:56pm PDT

    Silken Laumann

  26. KristaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:05pm PDT

    Simon Whitfield

  27. Steve Zussino – Grocery AlertsTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:10pm PDT

    Silken Laumann

  28. DilaraTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:12pm PDT

    Nadia Comaneci

  29. JRFTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:16pm PDT

    How about our hometown hero from Victoria Ryder Hesjedal

  30. Leanne MTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:28pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  31. Leanne MTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:28pm PDT


  32. GeraldTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:31pm PDT

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

  33. chrissyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:36pm PDT

    Dominique Dawes!

  34. RonTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:36pm PDT

    Sidney Crosby for giving us hockey gold!

  35. Greg GurdTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 2:52pm PDT

    Clara hughes

  36. JanTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 3:20pm PDT

    Adam van Koeverden

  37. JennyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 3:27pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  38. BreeTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 3:37pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  39. DanaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 4:23pm PDT

    Alexei Nemov

  40. ShelleyTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 4:50pm PDT

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

  41. AndrewTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 5:35pm PDT

    Alexandre Bilodeau!

  42. LoriTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 7:04pm PDT

    Clara Hughes is pretty amazing

  43. JeffTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 7:46pm PDT


  44. BonnieTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 7:58pm PDT

    My favourite Olympic athlete of all time is Daniel Igali.

  45. StephanieTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 8:05pm PDT

    Usain Bolt is incredible

  46. laurel k.Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 8:42pm PDT

    Clara Hughes, have always admired her

  47. LindaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 9:29pm PDT

    Definitely Clara Hughes.

  48. AndreaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 9:32pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  49. CurtisTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 9:54pm PDT

    Clara Hughes 🙂 I saw her get a bronze in Vancouver 2010

  50. RebeccaTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:06pm PDT

    Kurt Browning

  51. LauraTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:29pm PDT

    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.

  52. Heidi CTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:31pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  53. Gina ATuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 10:36pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  54. Sherry FTuesday, August 7th, 2012 — 11:56pm PDT

    Clara Hughes without doubt

  55. KellyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 1:07am PDT

    Patrick Chan!

  56. AlWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:06am PDT

    Clara Hughes!!!

  57. GideonWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:51am PDT

    Ashleigh McIvor, moving skiing forward!

  58. KarenWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 9:42am PDT

    Nadia Comanichi

  59. Matthew MWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 10:06am PDT

    Usain Bolt

  60. tazimWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:50am PDT

    Dominique Dawes

  61. LauraWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:52am PDT

    Clara Hughes – an amazing athlete and role model!

  62. CandiceWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 12:30pm PDT

    Simon Whitfield

  63. MarkWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 12:53pm PDT

    Usain Bolt

  64. KenWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 1:03pm PDT

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

  65. BrittanyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 2:11pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair! & Joannie Rochette!

  66. CeciliaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 2:39pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!!

  67. Leah PiraniWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 3:10pm PDT

    Clara Hughes for sure

  68. BrendaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 3:21pm PDT

    So many to choose from but Clara Hughes!

  69. Angela griffinWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 4:44pm PDT

    christine sinclair

  70. KatieWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:17pm PDT

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

  71. JasonWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:18pm PDT

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

  72. JasonWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:23pm PDT

    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.

  73. JenWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:24pm PDT

    Adam van Koeverden

  74. StaceyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:26pm PDT

    Kurt Browning!

  75. TanisWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:26pm PDT

    Sidney Crosby!!!! 🙂

  76. Veronica RivasWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:26pm PDT

    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!

  77. EileenWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:27pm PDT

    Kerri Strug

  78. ShannonWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:30pm PDT

    Marnie McBean

  79. SandiWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:31pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  80. BelindaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:32pm PDT

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moirs!

  81. BelindaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:32pm PDT

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moirs

  82. JodiWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:34pm PDT

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

  83. OliverWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:37pm PDT

    Jennifer Heil

  84. Miss deeWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:39pm PDT

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

  85. SheilaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:43pm PDT

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

  86. TiffanyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:53pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair

  87. HeatherWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 7:55pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  88. CandiceWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:01pm PDT

    Simon Whitfield!

  89. KerriWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:01pm PDT

    Sidney Crosby

  90. CandiceWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:02pm PDT

    Simon Whitfield is my favorite.

  91. RennWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:27pm PDT

    Catriona Le May Doan!

  92. TerryWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:40pm PDT

    Sidney Crosby!

  93. KelvinWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:45pm PDT

    Donovan Bailey for sure.

  94. KatWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:49pm PDT

    Jon Montgomery

  95. KarenWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:49pm PDT

    Michael Phelps!

  96. ShannonWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:51pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair

  97. Joyce LWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 8:56pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  98. paulWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 9:05pm PDT

    my favrorite of all time Kurt Browning good luck pv

  99. AJWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 9:14pm PDT

    Marina Navratilova

  100. anaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 9:18pm PDT

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

  101. LindaWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 9:44pm PDT

    Jesse Owens

  102. joshWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:22pm PDT

    Alexandre Bilodeau! – First gold on Canadian Soil.

  103. TracyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:23pm PDT

    Sidney Crosby

  104. McCoyWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:23pm PDT

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

  105. Timmy WongWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:23pm PDT

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

  106. Robbie SWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:29pm PDT

    Shaun White!

  107. Joanne greenwoodWednesday, August 8th, 2012 — 11:54pm PDT

    Jamaican Bobsled team

  108. allisonThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 12:29am PDT

    Clara hughes. Such an iconic champion

  109. MaeThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 12:50am PDT

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

  110. VC NguyenThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 1:44am PDT

    My favourite Olympian of all time is Adam van Koeverden

  111. Jenn SThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 3:12am PDT

    Clara Hughes

  112. Karl KliparchukThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 7:42am PDT

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

  113. Allison ManderThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 8:51am PDT

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

  114. DeidreThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 9:58am PDT

    Silken Laumann has my vote

  115. MariekeThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 10:06am PDT

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

  116. KateThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 10:16am PDT

    Kurt Browning!

  117. JanetThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 10:45am PDT

    My fav is Christine Sinclair!

  118. KayThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 11:51am PDT

    Tessa virtue

  119. Adina H.Thursday, August 9th, 2012 — 11:54am PDT

    My favourite Olympic athlete is Donovan Bailey.

  120. ElenaThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 12:21pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  121. roy whitneyThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 1:19pm PDT

    kurt browning

  122. JagThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 8:06pm PDT

    Usain Bolt

  123. Gary TThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 8:09pm PDT

    The Greatest – Muhammad Ali

  124. BalThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 8:14pm PDT

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

  125. MICHELLEThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 9:48pm PDT

    Michael Phelps is the best of the best 🙂

  126. BettyThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 9:50pm PDT

    Adam van Koeverden

  127. Cole BaikerThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 11:29pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  128. RubyThursday, August 9th, 2012 — 11:56pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair – one of the best soccer players ever!

  129. JackieFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 12:05am PDT

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

  130. debbie fFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 8:20am PDT

    Clara hughes

  131. HisayoFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 9:00am PDT

    Sidney Crosby gold medal game 2010

  132. JeanneFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 10:25am PDT

    Clara Hughes

  133. AndreFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 11:43am PDT

    Clara Hughes

  134. JuliaFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 12:48pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  135. VinceFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 12:50pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair

  136. Cheryl (@loucheryl)Friday, August 10th, 2012 — 12:59pm PDT

    Bruce Jenner!

  137. Ginger Leah GervaisFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 1:43pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  138. TamaraFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 2:40pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  139. ShawnFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 2:42pm PDT

    All our Canadian athletes are winners!! Rock on!

  140. lindawwwwFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 2:46pm PDT

    Kurt Browning

  141. RebeccaFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 3:12pm PDT

    Christine Sinclair

  142. KarenSFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 3:14pm PDT

    Michael Edwards

  143. MarkFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 3:37pm PDT

    Usain Bolt is the best!

  144. Maureen MFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 3:49pm PDT

    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.

  145. AmyFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 3:57pm PDT

    Greg Louganis

  146. stacey dempseyFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 5:03pm PDT

    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

  147. CarlieFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 5:12pm PDT

    Clara Hughes

  148. Karla SceviourFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 5:25pm PDT

    Kurt Browning.

  149. Lou (@davids_deardad)Friday, August 10th, 2012 — 6:01pm PDT

    Michael Phelps!

  150. NancyFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 6:23pm PDT

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

  151. lindaFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 8:28pm PDT

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

  152. BonsFriday, August 10th, 2012 — 9:04pm PDT

    Clara Hughes!

  153. Laura MoschittoSaturday, August 11th, 2012 — 4:03am PDT

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

  154. TonySaturday, August 11th, 2012 — 1:52pm PDT

    Patrick Chan!

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