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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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Passion

99 days until the Olympic Qualifier

Hey Everyone,

This weekend I had a bit of an epiphany. I don’t generally have positive dreams about Synchro…. Its a lot of nightmares of forgetting the routine, doing insane workouts or getting to compete without my competition suit packed (which, embarrassingly, has happened to me), but this weekend I dreamt of Qualifying for the Olympics. I can’t shake this feeling of joy and a sense of passion for this sport which gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. It’s refreshing.

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Pan Am Games 2015
I can see it now. The 8 of us standing on the deck in Rio, waiting for marks that will decide whether we go to the Olympics or make other arrangements… I see the marks coming up showing us that we have made it! Tears, screams, maybe some hugging with shocked, but relieved faces. Even as I write this, there is a frog in my throat trying to keep down the tears. I can feel all the JOY that will come from all of our hard work.

I know I don’t make it easy, the girls can tell you that! I am tough and I ask a lot from my teammates because I know that we are good! We’ve got the talent, we have the chemistry, now we just have to practice like we want to perform at the Qualifier. We are capable of going to the Olympics! I know that if we play our cards right, we will be ready…

WE will do this for us, for the thousands of hours we have spent in the pool together, for the sacrifices we have made, for the people who have helped us get here and again FOR US!

C.

 

 

Training 

I wake up at 5:30am almost every morning. At least on the days we start at 7am… I eat my breakfast and make some coffee because at 21 years old I already need a good cup of joe to start the day. Within 20 mins I have eaten, packed a bag and am on the bus. This is my morning ritual.

Unlike most paying jobs, I am at my workplace for 7-12 hours a day, 6 days a week. I don’t get paid overtime and I don’t make minimum wage, but I am doing what I love. This career, this opportunity, will only be around for the next 5 or 6 years of my life so why waste it worrying about having a “regular job” or planning a future that I don’t want to think about right now.  I have to admit, my career beyond synchro is very important to me and I have a lot to accomplish before I die, but I need this once-in-a-lifetime moment to happen first.

Training is hard. Every minute of my day is physically and mentally demanding from the moment I arrive in the morning until I walk out those doors; I am on. Lets face the facts here, Synchro trains more than any other Olympic sport and we are currently training for something that is not guaranteed. It’s crazy to think that in about 4 months we will be fighting for a spot that will take us to the Olympic Games. 14 years of training for this one “make it or break it” moment.

I have no regrets. I might dislike some of the workouts I will do in the future, but at least I know that those intense, painful hours of my day will take me somewhere not very many people can go.

I want us to go out with a BANG! To fight with so much courage that nothing can stand in our way. I want us to be as amazing as the Woman’s Hockey Team in Sochi, who, above all odds, came back in the last 3 minutes with 3 goals to win the game. The people who inspire me to wake up every day aren’t just other athletes, they are the fiercest athletes!! I want us to fight with as much passion as Ronda Rousey when she’s going for a knockout in 30 seconds. It’s all POSSIBLE!!! Others have done it and we can to! Look at the smiling faces in this picture. Just by glancing at it you can see that our hearts are full of joy and a sense of accomplishment. THIS is why I do my sport. One day I will be able to say that I made it. That WE made it. It is going to be hard, no doubt about that, but it is going to be so worth it!

Rio De Janeiro

Day 48

I would like to say a quick hello from Rio!! Team Canada is here for our 1st training camp of the season; a trial run for the Pre-Olympic and Olympic Preparations.

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Today is our day off here in Brazil, meaning we had the opportunity to tour this incredible city. Starting with the famous stairs, called Escadaria Selarón. They are so famous because there are tiles from every country around the world as well as other creative arts, making a beautiful staircase in the city centre. We found the ‘Canada tile’ pretty quickly!

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Next stop: Christ the Redeemer, which has to be one of the most breathtaking experience a person could have. I have now been to Rio twice now and each time I’ve been able to see the sites, my heart leaps for joy. It’s a place that you should definitely put on your bucket list!!

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After our Brazilian lunch, we met our COC coordinator, Andre, to take us to the 2016 Olympic Village! It was so amazing to see the models and plans for the Games, which we are fighting to be a part of! Andre showed us where our training centres will be as well as the Olympic Park, the Village and the Canadian Performance Centre… Just seeing what the Games will look like, sparks a flame so bright inside us. It has been an amazing day for Team Canada!

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Back to training tomorrow!!

– C

New Year, New Focus

Day 6

Hello All!!

Welcome to our 2015 season!! We are very excited to announce that there are four new swimmers joining us this year:

• Gabrielle Boisvert (Quebec, QC)

• Rebecca Harrower (Edmonton, AB)

• Roxanne Morneau-Carrier (Quebec, QC)

• Elizabeth Savard (Laval, QC)

Big congratulations to these girls on joining our family! It’s going to be a great learning experience and worth every minute!!

As we start our new year, we have new goals and new expectations for each other.  This is the biggest year of our lives as we make our journey to the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, which will take place in August of 2016.  However, our qualification for these Games will take place in March of 2016, meaning that we must be very efficient and “on the ball” as we train for the swim that will change our futures!

We are also incredibly excited to have our new training facility at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, QC.

Olympic Stadium
Olympic Stadium

It has been an incredible welcome to the new pool with some amazing perks for our Canadian Athletes.  Soon there will be athletes from different sports including Synchronized Swimming, Speed Swimming, Diving, Water Polo, Judo, Fencing, Speed Skating and many more!!

Synchro Pool with INS in background
Synchro Pool with INS in background

The facility gives us access to an incredible Locker Room, a Synchro

Dive Tank from Synchro Pool
Dive Tank from Synchro Pool

specific pool, two 50 metre pools, a new and improved dive tank, an amazing Weight Room with a large gymnasium and so much more; all with Face Recognition Software!!!

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Lockers

This new centre is going to give us the opportunity to train to our fullest capacity, starting with a great cross training program and our own pool to accommodate our needs for the next Olympics. This is exactly what we are going to need as we fight for our dreams!!

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Weights

This year we are going to be working our butts off to improve our routines and get as fit as we possibly can towards competing at the Pan Am Games and World Championships later in the year.  2015 is going to be a major chance to work on our routines and change what we need to increase our scores for future competitions. Every second will have to count and I have a feeling that this team is up for the challenge!

rio logoWe have come very far from our 1st experience together as a team in 2013. Each year of this cycle we have evolved, welcoming new members and creating a new niche. The team knows what it’s going to take to get to where we need to be, now all we need is to show the world what we can do!! The time has come for us to buckle down and push the limits!!

– 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

A Date to Remember

August 5th, 2014….

This marks 2 years until the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro!!!

It’s amazing to think that we are halfway to our ultimate goal.  Since I have come to the Centre of Excellence, this group has evolved!! We started as a team from all different cities and coaching styles, blossoming into a family who love and respect each other; ready to work towards the common goal.  We have talked about this for so long, but we are finally at this point in the journey.  It’s incredible!!

TWO.   YEARS.   TO.   GO.

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To my girls,

I remember when we 1st talked about this Olympic Quad.  We were a brand new team with so many obstacles to overcome.  Honestly, I think all of us were even a little scared to imagine that one day we would be the team that needed to fight for that spot at the Olympic Games.  All of us have worked so hard, decades, for this one moment that could ultimately change our future and the future of Canadian Synchronized Swimming.  Girls, look at how far we have come in the last 2 years!!  Its an uphill battle and it always will be, BUT REMEMBER, together we can move mountains!!  This is not an unrealistic goal, its possible and always has been possible.  All we need to do is push, together, as an unstoppable force toward those Olympic Qualifiers!

Love you always,

C

P.S  Special shout out to my amazing dad for his Birthday today!!! Love you! Thank you to you and mom for making this possible and never letting me give up on my dream! xo