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Elizabeth Manley: The Olympics would be good for Toronto — and vice versa

An Olympic medallist on what the Games can do for a city and what our great city can do for the Games.

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By: Elizabeth Manley Published on Mon Aug 31 2015

Competing at an Olympic Games as an elite athlete on home soil in Canada is better than any script you could write. Trust me.

Canadians are passionate about sport and this passion unites this country like no other. Having been part of two Games in Canada (Calgary, where I won silver in figure skating, and Vancouver, where I was a broadcast analyst), as well as having lived in Toronto for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, I have seen this proven again and again.

As an athlete, the support and love felt from Canada was the driving force behind my success. It provided the motivation to achieve the most memorable performance of my life.

As a broadcast analyst I observed the interaction between athletes and their fans from another perspective — and saw again how each powerfully inspires the other…

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