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Weightlifter Maude Charron is back in her hometown, five days after winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
She was greeted by the mayors of Rimouski and Sainte-Luce, her native village, and was able to enjoy a walkabout with the many admirers who came to greet her.
The athlete claimed in a media melee that she had experienced a whirlwind of emotions over the past few days once she returned to Canadian soil, after leaving the tokyo bubble.
I am grateful for this whole wave of support. We work hard to get to goals. It turns out that I had good results and that I reap the fruits of all these years of effort.
The 28-year-old took the top step of the podium in the under 64 kg category.
I remain the same Maude as I was two weeks ago; it’s just that I have a medal around my neck. To me that doesn’t change who I am.
She admits that her name is better known now, but notes with a hint of irony that she has been doing well in her discipline for some time.
It’s special because it’s still been a while since I have been practicing weightlifting and having good results. But it took the Olympics for that.
I hope that my impact will take place not only in the big centers, but also in the regions. It was important to stay at home and show others – but also myself – that it is possible to do this in the region.
MaudeÂ Charron now wants to rest and follow the Olympic and Paralympic Games from her home in Sainte-Luce-sur-Mer.
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