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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Local Pride

On Thursday, Christine Nesbitt won gold in womens' 1,000 metre long track speed skating.  While she has dominated the race all year, her gold medal win was by the slimmest of margins.  It is testament to the enormity of the Games and to her drive and desire that she managed through the pressure to win.

I don't know Christine, but I felt a bond with her during her win.  Don't get me wrong, I had absolutely nothing to do with her victory, but because we hail from the same city, there is a link.

Because I too can say that I live in London, Ontario, there is a bit of extra pride with Christine's win.  My Canadian chest is pumped up a bit more.  I am sure the London Free Press and A Channel TV have covered her story in an extra special way.

London is well represented at the Games, with Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue competing for gold in Ice Dancing.  Again, I'm sure that I will focus a bit more on their competition and will be a bit more proud when they succeed.

Finally, VANOC board member and Ivey Business School Dean, Carol Stephenson, hails from London.

London, Ontario....feeling a little extra local pride thanks to Christine Nesbitt and the rest of the Olympic athletes and leaders.

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