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Olympian Darcy Marquardt returns to alma mater

Darcy Marquardt flashes the silver medal she won as part of the Women’s Eight rowing team at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, during a presentation she gave Tuesday morning at her alma mater James Whiteside Elementary.  - Martin van den Hemel photo
Darcy Marquardt flashes the silver medal she won as part of the Women’s Eight rowing team at the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, during a presentation she gave Tuesday morning at her alma mater James Whiteside Elementary.
— image credit: Martin van den Hemel photo

Darcy Marquardt returned to her alma mater on Tuesday morning to share with James Whiteside Elementary students the story of her journey to Olympic glory.

Marquardt was part of the Womens’ Eight Canadian rowing team that won a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.

On Tuesday, she showed students her silver medal, as she gave them some insight to the years of dedication, determination and sacrifices that led to that podium finish.

Her road to the podium was not without its pains and disappointments, and she told students that life is like that sometimes.

But she continued undeterred, confident that she and her teammates would fight through the tremendous pain to obtain their goal: a podium finish that took years of hard work.

It was during the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing that the Canadian team fell short by finishing fourth.

Marquardt rededicated herself to another gruelling four years of training, and the team found the strength to fend off the Dutch in the final, behind only the Americans.

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