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The Non-Olympics Story

August 18th, 2008

I was hoping to get through the Olympics without posting on the subject. This story, however, was too good, too nice to pass up on.

Nova Scotia’s Tracy Cameron and her rowing partner, Melanie Kok, claimed the bronze in lightweight double sculls early Sunday morning, narrowly beating the fourth-place German team by just 0.04 of a second…

After the race, Ms. Kok was whisked away to complete her drug test while Ms. Cameron was free to go. She was planning to go to the grandstand to meet her family but met her brother along the way — ordering a round at the beer tent.

After a few hugs, she asked if she could deliver the dozen or so suds to the grandstand.

“It was like, ‘OK, they don’t know I’m coming, so let me do the delivery,” Ms. Cameron said with a giggle. “He took the flowers, I took the whole tray full of beer, and I’m like, ‘Anybody thirsty here?’ They went crazy!

Minutes after winning a bronze medal in the Olympics, Tracy Cameron delivered a tray of beer to the rabid Canadian rowing fans. Truly a gracious act, and a new favourite Olympian here in Hespeler.

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