Hughes, now 37 (pretty ancient for an Olympian), finished fifth last week in the 3,000 metres. She competes in the 5,000 metre speed skating event in Richmond on Wednesday.
Here’s a great quote from Clara that speaks to the need for athletes, entrepreneurs and other competitors to avoid complaining about the conditions of the competition and focus on your own personal performance:
“I'll skate on concrete if I have to. I'm not worried about how fast the ice is. I'm worried about how fast I can go on the ice.”
And here’s why she became flag bearer and was awarded the Order of Canada. After giving up cycling to focus on skating, and then coming back from the middle of the pack to win her gold medal in the 5,000 metres in Torino in 2006, she said, “If you dream and you allow yourself to dream you can do anything. And that's what this Olympic medal represents.”
A great competitor, and a wonderful role model. Good luck, Clara!