I seriously grew up thinking
that it wasn’t possible to have a medal at the
Olympics. I thought it was impossible
to win in sport that have been so
well known for doping in other countries
in the world. So my goal was always to be
as good as I could be. I wanted to prove the world that I can still be good
without it. There are cheats,
there are athletes who dope, they were stripped
from their medals. The medal reallocation for that
fair sport, for that clean sport. This is focused on the athletes who haven’t had that
opportunity to celebrate. I wonder why your mouth
is full of chocolate already. Because we eat chocolate. But why are we making a cake,
kids? – For Mamma
– For Mummy. Why? Because it’s your birthday. Do you think it’s my birthday? We will have a party. But it’s not because
Mummy is getting older. Here people will come over
to celebrate with us. Weightlifting made
the person I am now. From that little kid that was crying in the corner
of her class because she was too shy
to talk to people, I became double
Olympic medallist, able to speak in front of
thousands of people, express my story. So, definitely, weightlifting
made me a lot more confident, and I guess it brought
the best out of me. For now, I’m not
training a lot because I am pretty busy
with my university course and my three young kids,
but when I do get a chance I can come in the basement
and have my little moment. The basement of my new house
that’s obviously unfinished but it’s my little corner
to be able to train and remind my body what it used to
do before having three kids. Weightlifting was what
made me the happiest. It’s like time stopped, but you
know exactly you have to do and you go there
and you just do your job. So the only thing I had to was showing the world
what I could do. I qualified for the Olympics
in 2008 in May and I competed in July. Every time I competed
at international level, I always ask my coach not
to tell me the ranking. Knowing what ranking
it would give me was just a pressure,
I didn’t need it. When I finished my last
attempt, when I came back, my coach told me that would
have been bronze if you made it. I just missed it,
and that destroyed me. When we were at Beijing
and Christine came fourth, we were so proud of her.
She had an amazing competition. Fourth is nothing to be
ashamed of or discouraged by within the Olympic community. What I think was a real
challenge was when she came back to
Canada and people kept saying, “Fourth, oh, my God,
that’s the worst.” The feeling of failure
was so intense. I actually had a depression
following the 2008 Olympics. Between 2008 and 2012,
what really kept me going I would say is that
three kilos… that three kilos away
from a podium is what helped me believe. And I ended up overreaching and
adding one in that to my total and it’s good because that’s
what I actually needed to be on the podium
and get that bronze medal. In 2008, if I had
the bronze medal, I would have been the first
medal for my country and the only one for
three days. That would have brought me so much attention from
journalists. It would have brought so
much attention to my sport. It would have empowered
so many little girls that want to do sport that are not really recognised
for girls. It would have changed my life. Those four years were
the hardest of my life and when I learned that it
should have been different, it was hard for me to take. It’s like I lived through
a lie of some kind. I trained in a car port
that was barely heated. I ended up being my own coach
because I had no other support. But it took me some time
to make peace with that and to realise that
actually those four years were the most
transformative in my life and I became who I am now
because of that. A lot of people ask me if I am
upset at the women that cheated,
that were in front of me, and to be honest I am not because I don’t believe
that it was their choice. I believe it was their
countries’ choice. So I am upset at the
people around them that made them
or forced them to dope, and I feel like those athletes
need to be protected. I had my time. I was lucky enough to have a
really long sport career. Now I am ready
for the next step and for me the next
step is coaching. What are you working on? I know the eyes is a better cue
but if you think about staying engaged in the neck it might help keep that
position stronger. Let’s go. Ah, you know it.
Look at that face. Elbows to shoulder height
and then you rotate and push. Easy. That was nice. I don’t miss who I was. I’m just happy with
what I have now. So we are getting
back to my house. Pretty much all my
family will be there and will be happy to celebrate
what’s coming up tomorrow. Hello! Hello! Hello, my beauty!
How are you? Weightlifting became
our family passion. So everybody got involved. I have three sisters
older than me. They all competed
at some point. It looks like Harry Potter’s
dad. Look here at Grandpa. And here…Sylvie, Valérie,
Caroline et Christine. The four girls he raised. The whole family. A toast to Christine for her
gold medal in London and her bronze medal
in Beijing. Cheers! Thank you, everyone. Thank you to everyone for being
here to share and celebrate
with me. It’s been years of work for not
only me, but for everyone. Thank you all so much for being here and helping me
in everything I do. Cheers to all of you. Representing Canada, winner of the bronze medal of the Women’s 63kg
weightlifting event at the Beijing
2008 Olympic Games, Christine Girard. It’s not just Canada, it’s for
all those around the world that believe in integrity and believe that sport without
integrity isn’t sport that we
want to be part of. At the end of the day
the reason we do sport is to be part of community and
to be connected to something and to pursue our passions and I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to work
with Christine. She leads by example. She is relentless
in her efforts. Gold medallist
and Olympic champion in the women’s 63kg
weightlifting event at the London 2012
Olympic Games. -Thank you.
-So deserving. It’s not just about me and my
family any more, it’s not just our win. It’s the win of our country
and our values and it’s a win for
clean sport, so all for those reasons,
it’s definitely worth the wait.