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Notable quotes from Canadians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: July 24

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TOKYO — Here are some notable quotes from Canadians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from Saturday, July 24, 2021:

"It's frustrating to miss a penalty to be able to put the team up early on in the game, would have been ideal, but it happens. You can't score if you don't shoot, so I stepped up to take it and I’ll continue to step up and take them."

--Janine Beckie, who scored twice after missing a penalty shot to lead Canada over Chile 2-1 in women's soccer.

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"I think that’s the problem with me now, being recognized as a strong climber. I’m being marked a lot more and it’s more difficult to step away."

--Cyclist Michael Woods after finishing fifth at the men's road race, missing the podium by mere milliseconds.

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"She doesn't have much pressure and has nothing to lose. She's very happy to be here. She's a fighter and she believes that she can make it and she can beat these top girls."

--Canadian women's tennis coach Heidi el Tabakh on 18-year-old Leylah Fernandez following her opening-round win.

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"I trust (catcher) Kaleigh Rafter with my whole heart and being. I had to trust that was the pitch I had to beat her on."

--Softball relief pitcher Jenna Caira on throwing five consecutive change-ups during a pivotal at-bat of Canada's 7-1 win over Australia.

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"Being in Canada with the lockdowns that we've had, we haven't really shown the world what we have yet so in a way I still think we're kind of seen as the underdogs right now."

--Butterfly world champion Maggie Mac Neil, as Canada attempts to follow up its six swimming medals from Rio 2016.

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"We felt really excited to be out there. I think the main thing for us is being so grateful for this opportunity being here, having the Olympics go ahead, and just taking advantage of this moment."

--Gymnast Ellie Black on getting to train ahead of gymnastics qualification.

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“I’m not going to lie. But you have to play. That’s the Olympics, you go for the medal. You are not here to cry about the heat.”

--Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev on the heat in Tokyo.

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"It's the 100th birthday of the Chinese Communist Party. I'm so happy that this golden medal is a gift to my country. I'm so proud."

--Chinese shooter Yang Qian on winning the Tokyo Games' first gold medal.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 24, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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