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Icarus

Hey everyone, 

I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp! 

There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂 

Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film! 

Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure! 

I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart. 

I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition. 
This is a must see.

– Claudia 

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A year in Review

Marie-Lou and Claudia in Russia
Marie-Lou and Claudia in Russia

2015 has been an increcdible year, filled with many obstacles, ups, downs, and of course some of the most memorable moments of my life. It had it’s fair share of dissapointments, but just as equally it had
a great amount of joy. I could say that I would be even more satisfied if I had ended my synchro year with great results at Worlds, but there really is no point. Being bitter about the past does nothing but make you miserable… Looking back, I am not happy nor sad. I learned from the experience and that is all that matters, although gold at Pan-Am sure makes 2015 a year to remember.

This year has been one of education. I have been taught about
patience, teamwork, respect and have expanding horizon of new traits that will aid in my future, whether it is in the pool or outside of it. As many of you know by now, I am one of the team captains. At first I didn’t quite know how hard it would be to put myself out there, to place myself in front of a group of girls and lead them. I had to do a lot of adjusting! In the pool, I can adapt to everyone else within a matter of seconds, but when it came to being a leader for the team I had no clue how much of my person12443610_10153526740612928_802001562_oality I would have to calm in order to make sure everyone was comfortable. Let’s just say that my fiery ways are not always the best in leading a group of women. It took months for me to know what I was doing.
To understand how each athlete reacts in every situation (though I am still learning every day) and to see how positive a calm leader was to the team. I can’t say I have figured it all out because I believe that I still can improve myself to help the team grow, but as a group I am happy to see that we are meshing well and our primary focus is for the Olympic qualifier in 2016. 12443199_10153526742507928_1717262340_n - Copie

 

 

This year I started a new project; this Blog!! It has been incredibly helpful and fun to share with you ALL of the adventures we have been on! From Rio at the beginning of this year, through to the joy of Pan Am, the tough love in Slovakia and the struggles of Russia, this blog has given me another sense of purpose. I love sharing my life and what is going on with the team because I think it is SO important that we can have a support system that stretches beyond just Canada!

There is also another amazing project in the making and that is the Documentary that is being directed by Jérémie Battaglia (http://jeremiebattaglia.com). He has an incredible eye and has been with us through the entire of 2015, becoming part of the family as we head to the Qualifier! The film will focus on our training, our happy moments as well as some of the tough times as we prepare for the Qualifier and the Olympics. I am very nervous to see the final result, just because I will be reliving some of our most vulnerable moments as individuals and as teammates, but I know that he will do a great job!

Thank you for your support, if you would like to follow the blog please click the link in the side bar on the left! Wishing you all the best for the New Year and may 2016 bring even more spectacular moments!

 

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The 2015 National Team

xo

C.

 

It’s been a while…

Day 98

Hello Everyone,

Well… Hello There!!! It’s been quite a while since my last post. Synchro has kept me busy these last few weeks.  Now that I have completed (and scored well!!) in my classes this semester, most of my spare time has been spent on daily recovery of my training sessions.

We have been working really hard to get prepared for our debut at the Canadian Open this month.  New routines, means a new approach to our training techniques. Harder practices, increasing endurance and working towards a confident start to the season.  This year of course, is leading up to the Olympic Games.  Time is of the essence and we are running out.

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You know, this life is not for the faint of heart. We work our butts off every day just to make it to that one AMAZING moment of our lives… And that one moment will define us.  It will be a part of our lives, living on through our friends, families and future generations of athletes.  All of the people that love us and support us, those who are in our corner, guide us to that one beautiful moment we will share with the world.

It’s days like today when you realize that you KILL your muscles and work so hard to PUSH those limits that you truly start to understand that the future is NOW! We are so close to our dreams, if we wanted to we could just reach out and grab it.

Silver @ World Cup 2014
Silver @ World Cup 2014

Never EVER take days like this for granted.  The times that our body cringes and your mind tells you that its had enough; thats when miracles happen.  Achieving a goal is not just about showing up, it’s about showing up mind, body and soul, ready to work for something you’ve loved since the day you started.

Be strong and BELIEVE that what you’re doing is right and worth every minute!

Love Always,

– C

Final Moments

Hey Everyone!

So for those of you who have me on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, you may have already seen this incredible video, but for those of you who haven’t…. this is a very beautiful clip of what happens right before we compete.

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Before the smiles turn on, there is a lot of nerves and stress.  The audience sees us as 8 identical girls who all have the biggest and happiest expressions on our face, but its not all kittens and rainbows.  This team is fighting.  We have so far to go and little time to get there.  We know that our actions and performances at every competition count towards our Olympic Dreams and at this point, we have no where to go but up!!  There is always pressure to be on the top, but most of all we want the best performances possible!

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Before this swim, there had been mistakes. Unexpected and probably because of nerves, but they were mistakes none the less… We needed to prove to our audience andour supporters that we were ready and that our team is good enough to be at the next Olympic Games in Rio.  As Head Coach: Meng Chen said, “No Pressure!!”

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Team Canada is leaving for CHINA in about a week!!!  Its another great chance for us to compete before we are on Christmas holidays, a fun week together to end the season!!

Enjoy the clip!

Much Love,

C

#TBT

Hey Everyone,

Today is a great day to have a Throwback to the day that changed my life, and I guess the best way to explain why this specific day was a pivotal moment, is to start from the beginning.

I started synchro at the age of 8.  I was always very competitive as a child and even at that early stage of my life, I knew I wanted to be an Olympian.  Now let me tell you right now, I was not a talented young synchro swimmer… I had a floatable nose clip that would fall off every time I jumped in the pool, causing me to stop the routine and swim around like a chicken with its head cut off…. My coaches loved it when I finally lost that one!!  I never really realized what this sport entailed until I was paired with this girl.

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I received a duet with the person who would become my best friend and life long duet partner.  We immediately had chemistry and even though we were very opposite swimmers, we fit perfectly.  We moved through the ranks together and eventually made our way to the top teams in Calgary.  Both of us had very specific goals for ourselves and each other.  Of course we were competitors in individual events, but as soon as we were together, it was all business!

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Yes there are 2 people in this photo!

This girl has to be the calmest competitor I have ever had the pleasure of swimming with.  I was always the one who needed to be in my own little bubble (silently panicking), while she was dancing around and laughing before we walked out for our performance.  It was our balance scale.  She pumped me up and my paranoia made sure we were on the same page.  Through the years we grew together, learnt together, and basically lived together at the pool!

Years later, we were on the right path to becoming National Champions in Calgary, in front of our home crowd.  A slight obstacle came at us like a wall, when I received my concussions.  It was definitely a struggle and we really had to fight to get to where we needed to be in order to achieve our goal.  There was tension and frustration, but we knew that we only needed each other to live out our dreams.

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National Champions 2011

That day of competition both of us were dancing! Smiling, laughing and at ease because we knew that no matter what happened we had done absolutely everything to prepare for the swim ahead of us.  It was just me and her.  I saw my parents, my family, her family, our coaches and teammates watching in anticipation.  It was as smooth as peanut butter! We had done it.  After months of ups and downs, bumps and bruises, we had that Gold medal around our necks.

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National Champions 2012


It’s been over 12 years and we have gone on to compete around the world together.  Now striving to achieve our biggest goal yet, competing side-by-side with Team Canada at The Olympic Games.

Love Always,

C

The End!!

Hey Everyone!!

This is the ending to the perfect story…

We started this year at the bottom. Beginning again with a new group of girls and new challenges. We jumped around ideas and routines, trying to find the perfect way to showcase our strengths.

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We were the underdogs. Trying to make a name for ourselves as we competed around the world. Germany, France, Japan, Spain, and Canada. Every swim we had together taught us something, another piece to our special puzzle.

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We learnt that no one is safe. No matter how good you swim, you could be the next one off the team. We overcame internal struggles and worked together to keep each other positive. We trained hard for this one weekend of the year, World Cup.

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I am so proud to be a part of this team. We fought so hard to be here today and to be the team we are. We have been a team that improves, step-by-step. We are not done yet!! We have 2 years before the Olympic Games. I believe, and we believe that our team will be representing Canada at the Games! We still have a way to go, but we are on the right track!

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Time to have a couple days of holiday before we come back to the grind!! Enjoy ladies!!! Love you! xoxo

Much Love,

C