-Maclean's magazine has named five-time Paralympic gold medallist Chantal Petitclerc its Canadian of the Year. This time, it's an honour she won't have to share.
Petitclerc, 35, caused a stir earlier this month when she refused to accept an award from Athletics Canada because she would have to share it with failed gold medal-hopeful Perdita Felicien.
Petitclerc said it was obvious to her that officials held her considerable achievements (five gold medals and three world records) in low regard, considering Felicien fell and lost during her Olympic event.
"I felt there was a limit to how far you can compromise," Petitclerc told the Maclean's. "By accepting, the message I'd be sending to everybody was that this was all my Paralympic medals and my world records were worth."- ----------
This could have gone under politics as well, but considering this a sports story I'll put it here. I say good for Chantal, if athletics Canada truly views Paralympic athletes as athletes and her accomplishments in her field is so above any other athlete in Olympic style track & field, her sharing it with a girl who fell in her Olympic race does give the perception of "We want to recognize this paralympic athlete as she was fantastic in her field BUT we have to give something to a 'real athlete' too"... Strong and good stand for Petitlerc to take.
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"Petitclerc said it was obvious to her that officials held her considerable achievements (five gold medals and three world records) in low regard, considering Felicien fell and lost during her Olympic event"
That's one way to look at it. But perhaps Athletics Canada were recognising the way Felicien dealt with the aftermath. It's not always exceptional on track performance that makes a person an outstanding athlete.
That being said, I find it hard to believe she was so good in dealing with it that it would equal Petitclerc. That woman is a machine. The rivalry between Petitclerc and Lousie Sauvage was as good as any in recent years.
Olympics notwithstanding, wasn't Felicien still a world champion in 2004? That's nothing to sneeze at.
Also, what the hell does a hockey player have to do to win an 'Athlete of the Year' award if his name isn't Lemieux or Gretzky?! Martin St. Louis and Jarome Iginla both had superb years, so where is their cred?
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