Years after being denied by doping cheats, weightlifter Christine Gerard receives Olympic medals



After years of waiting, Canadian weightlifter Christine Gerard has finally received her re-allocated Olympic medals: a gold of London 2012 and a bronze from Beijing 2008.

It was a long trial for the now-retired Girard – the latest Olympic won whose triumph was robbed by cheats.

Gerard received both medals at a ceremony in Ottawa on Monday morning.

After the bronze is placed around her neck first, the 33-year-old – wearing a red team Canada sweater – raised both arms in triumph.

Christine Gerard received her London 2012 Olympic Gold and Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medals at a ceremony held at the National Arts Center in Ottawa. (John Kyliyi / COC)

The athlete then took a step to the right to the top of the podium to get her gold medal. Jeane Lazen, who was part of the Court of Directors of Gerard Court in London, placed Gerard with a bouquet of roses to a standing ovation.

It was only when the national anthem was gained as it grew up.

In a prepared video played immediately, the athlete said that you "fail" so much that you do not have her medals on time – but that she now has "so much" more.

"We can do this the right way and we can win the right way. That's what my medals mean," Jerard said, thank her friends, family and three children for their support.

Canadian weightlifter Christine Gyrard poses with her children Aliana left, Samuel and Philip, right after being presented with the gold and bronze Olympic medals following a ceremony in Ottawa on Monday. (Adrian Wyld / Canadian Press)

Tricia Smith, member of the International Olympic Committe, serves Gerard's "dedication and tenacity" in a speech before the ceremony.

"Christine embodies the belief that the value of sport, the value of anything – to individuals, to community – comes from the integrity of it," Smith said.

"Applying that in every aspect, in everything you do, is very Olympic."

Canada's # 1 Olympic Weightlifting Champion

In April, the International Olympic Committee confirmed Girard would be awarded the 2012 gold medal in the 63-kilo grammar scale class. Gilbert initially won the bronze medal but was elevated to gold after the yak retreaded more than 1,500 urine samples from the Beijing and London Olympics.

The samples of Kazakhstan Maia Manda and Russia's Svetlana Tsarukayva, which originally finished first and second, respectively, both tested positive for volume substances.

Christine Girard is Canada's first-ever Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting. (Hasan Ammar / Associated Press)

Girard, who is from Rouyn-Noranda, Que., But now lives in White Rock, BC, is Canada's first ever Olympic champion in weightlifting.

She studied in August 2016 that she would receive the bronze medal of the 2008 Games in Beijing when Silver Medalist Irina Mekrasova of Kazakhstan is a richest. Gerard finished fourth in the event.

We can do this right way and we can win the right way. That's what my medals mean.– Christine Girard, Canadian Weightlifting

JURARD tells CCC sports in April that she has always been lucky about her competitors.

"[I] She had some natives, because some females have some physical changes that would be really hard to get naturally, "she said at the time.


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