UBC student Emily Overholt isn’t your average 18-year-old.
The Olympic swimmer is arriving at YVR donning a bronze medal in the 4X200 meter freestyle relay.
“I actually swam the morning of the relay so when I was watching at night I was in the stands with my whole team and when they won the bronze it was so exciting for me and the other girl who swam in the morning, just because we weren’t really a favourite to win the medal, so it was a nice surprise.”
Her mom, Deborah, who flew down to Rio to watch her daughter compete, couldn’t be more proud.
“She put in a lot of hard work as do all the athletes, and just to see her represent Canada and see her dreams come true, we were immensely proud of her.”
It was an electric atmosphere at the airport, where a sea of supporters had gathered to watch Team Canada come home.
“We are welcoming Scott back, Scott’s coming home!”
That, from young gymansts with Flicka in North Vancouver eagerly awaiting the arrival of 27-year-old Olympic gymnast Scott Morgan.
“Because he’s coming back from the Olympics, and he is also a very important part of our gym.”
Twelve athletes from BC are bringing home eight medals from Rio.
In total, Canada won 22 medals, including 4 gold, 3 silver and 15 bronze.