Earlier than the blasting of the fireworks, a lightweight present that shot throughout the world, the pomp and circumstance and earlier than the Olympic cauldron began burning brightly in Lausanne, Switzerland to start the Youth Olympics, there was unbridled pleasure from the Canadian athletes — a type of possibilities of a lifetime moments to put on the maple leaf on one of many world’s largest athletic phases.
Only a day earlier contained in the Geneva airport, as many members of Staff Canada journeyed throughout the Atlantic Ocean to Lausanne, Switzerland, the anticipation was palpable. Skiers carried their boots over their shoulders, speaking about how they had been going to sort out the Swiss mountains. Biathletes imagined zeroing in on one in every of their targets. And Canadian determine skaters spun wildly into the air, rehearsing their upcoming performances as airport passengers watched on and clapped after the twists and turns.
So when it lastly got here time to stroll into Vaudoise Enviornment within the coronary heart of Lausanne, the Canadians had been prepared, bursting with delight, draped in crimson and white from head to toe. A capability crowd watched on as a whole bunch of athletes from 79 competing nations from around the globe triumphantly walked into the world.
Lauren Rajala, a roller from northern Ontario, waved the Canadian flag and smiled ear to ear as she walked into the world.