Heading into day eight of the 2012 Olympic Games in London Saturday, there were two Edmonton-based athletes I was keeping an eye on– cyclist Tara Whitten and triathlete Paula Findlay.
Their results were on the opposite ends of the spectrum.
Whitten, who was born in Toronto and raised in Edmonton, won Olympic bronze in the team cycling pursuit with Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, British Columbia and Gillian Carleton of Scarborough, Ontario. They had a solid semi-final in losing to eventual Gold medal winning Great Britain, but had a fantastic performance in delivering a huge upset to beat Australia for a medal.
For triathlete Paula Findlay, there were a lot of question marks if she would even participate in the Olympic race, having suffered significant injuries to her hip a year ago. She participated, but the five-time World Cup champion over the last two years finished last in her first competitive race in over a year.