In sport, it’s true that results mean something, but there is always a beautiful story behind the results that is written with heart, guts and grit. That story goes unread by all of us, who only catch a moment in time when the clock stops and the numbers are posted. We see the joy and the heartache born of those numbers, but rarely understand the journey to achieve them.
When Alex Gough stepped up to the podium to receive her bronze medal in women’s luge in PyeongChang – the first ever Olympic medal in the sport for Canada – Jason Poole, CSI Calgary’s Director of Performance Services, understood it as the ultimate reward for twelve long years of preparation and investment in excellence.
In a sport historically dominated by Germany, Gough shattered a 105-race German winning streak when she won gold in a 2011 World Cup. Breaking through that stranglehold in luge was monumental for Gough, but it didn’t translate into Olympic success overnight. It took four Olympic Games before Gough would earn that medal.