Thursday, June 19, 2008
Canada: ignoring our best and brightest since 1867
Sports isn't really fair sometimes. For instance, when you spend the better part of your adult life making less money than your friends who sell life insurance, just so you have the opportunity to represent your country and compete in a couple Olympics, it isn't right that you should be forced to retire 20-months before the Olympics take place in your back yard.
Just ask skier Allison Forsyth.
At 31, she probably wouldn't have been a contender in Vancouver, but considering that she was one of the few bright lights for Canada during some bleak times for her sport, it would have been nice if she could have gone out on her own terms. Of course, not many ski racers do.
Five world cup medals and a world championship bronze. Spare a moment of thought today for another unappreciated Canadian amateur athlete.