Olympians make the best stories

CSCA's Excellence in Sport, London 2012 Edition

Almost 20 years ago, I wrote a story about a Nigerian who emigrated to Canada to escape religious persecution in his homeland. His name was David Defiagbon and he was a boxer who went on to represent Canada at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics where he won a silver medal.

I’ve had the privilege of being able to interview other Olympians and cover some high-profile international events. Nothing — absolutely nothing — compares to writing about an individual’s singular pursuit of the Olympic dream. Their training and dedication are non pareil and yet their stories are most remarkable because they all started from humble beginnings — humble beginnings that we can identify with.

This summer, 19 Atlantic Canadian athletes and a coach are going to London for the Olympics and the Paralympics.

Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic commissioned a magazine with some profiles on our region’s best. Enjoy the show, and remember, you won’t get this kind of coverage on NBC.

Follow the link below to see the magazine and download it if you like. Enjoy the Games.

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