Bridget Carleton and Miah-Marie Langlois from the Canadian Team keep the Olympic dream alive | Instant News


WINDSOR, ON –
The native inhabitants of Windsor and Chatham-Kent, Miah-Marie Langlois and Bridget Carleton keep their Olympic dreams alive and healthy, despite a one-year delay.

Canada’s senior national women’s basketball team qualified for the 2020 Olympics in February after winning 30 points over Sweden.

“That is one of the most important things in my career to date. This is your hard work until that time for the past four years has paid off,” Carleton said. He is suitable for the WNBA but Tokyo will be an Olympic debut.

“This is like a four-year plan for us. Once the Olympics in Rio are finished, a new quad starts, our view is already in 2020,” he said.

The four-year plan has been extended to a five-year plan. Veteran Miah-Marie Langlois represented Canada at the 2016 Olympics and knew this coming year would begin when the real work began. He said there was no time to celebrate until the team stood on the podium with a medal around their neck.

“We missed the opening ceremony (at the 2016 Olympics) because we had a game the next day. A lot of shows that people see, this is for fans. When we were at the Olympics, it was purely a competition.”

With training facilities closed due to a pandemic, maintaining excellent conditions requires extra creativity.

“I can only dribble out here without a net to be good with it. I do exercises at home and run.”

Langlois said he trained himself while playing professional basketball abroad.

“This type of lifestyle is common to me.”

In addition to a shared passion for the game, the twelve players on the national team are also close to the pitch.

“We pay attention to each other. I think it comes from when we train every summer together.” Carleton described his team as ‘a big family atmosphere’.

In Ontario, COVID-19 restrictions only loosen only for sports as single competitors or individuals. For now, the team keeps in touch through frequent video calls to motivate each other.

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