Canada’s loss to the U.S. in the women’s soccer semifinal on Monday was heartbreaking, obviously. Canada is still guaranteed its best finish ever in a major tournament (Olympics or Women’s World Cup), but that is no great consolation for the Canadian women—they wanted more.
And Christine Sinclair wanted more more than anyone. When the games are over there will be some discussion, as there always is, as to who was the ‘figure’ of the games. Bolt? Murray? For me the question is already answered, it’s Sinclair. I love the Olympics for many reasons, but first and foremost because it allows us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on those athletes who otherwise compete in relative obscurity. I’m glad that Canada, and the world, has had the chance to see one of the greatest female soccer players in world lifting herself and her team to unexpected heights.
Christine Sinclair has been voted Canadian soccer player of the year seven years in a row. She has been nominated by FIFA for world female player of the year five times. Tomorrow morning at 8AM Christine and the Canadian women will play France for bronze, do not miss your chance to watch her play.