Canada’s Clara Hughes zoomed to a bronze medal in women’s 5000 metre speedskating today, and she said in her interview, “thank you to this amazing crowd, once again you gave me wings.”
She was also asked in a TV interview if she was Canada’s greatest athlete and I agree with what Sportsnet’s Don Taylor said when he said everybody knows that Gene Kiniski is Canada’s greatest athlete.
Gene Kiniski was a popular wrestler in Canada in the 1950’s and ’60’s. His schtick would be to tell everyone he was Canada’s Greatest athlete. It was funny. And several years ago when I was writing a column for the local newspaper, I phoned Gene Kinisky to chat. Thirty years after he’d stopped wrestling.
“He answered the phone by saying, “Canada’s Greatest Athlete.”
And a big thumbs up to Clara!