Well a lot has happened since the last time I posted. We went to the Closing Ceremonies on August 12th, and had a gret time. We were sporting our Canadian jean jackets and a feeling of the end of a chapter. There were feelings of joy and relief and a bit of sadness that it was all over.
My husband and I took the train to Paris for a short vacation and had a wonderful. When we arrived home, I was soon off again for some sponsor appearances and events in Vancouver and Toronto for PwC. Then off to a friend's wedding in Saskatoon and another trip to Vancouver for Kidsport fundraising and Superior Tofu sponsor event. It has been a very busy month!
I just returned from Toronto for the Canadian Olympic Committee's Olympic Heroes Tour. We had breakfast with Kidsport and Boys and Girls Club youth, I went to do a sport demo and talk at the Town Centre Montessori Private School, and then we visited some of the kids at the Sick Kids Hospital. The next day I did an interview with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC's Q Radio show. Afterwards we went to the Parade around downtown Toronto. It was amazing to see so many people out to cheer us on and show their support. It was so cool! That evening we went to the COC Hall of Fame Gala, which Fundraised over a 3 million dollars for the Canadian Olympic Foundation that funds athletes. It was a great night of Inductions and performances by Cirque de Soleil, Hedley, and many more.
The following day I went with Tonya to help with the Grand Opening of a Tapout gym in Burlington. It was a lot of fun. We got to meet some MMA fighters and Dan "punkass" Caldwell, co-founder of Tapout. Later that evening we went to watch UFC 152 at the ACC All in all, it was a great weekend.
Now I'm looking forward to this week. The Women's Wrestling World Championships are happening in Edmonton this week. I won't be competing, but I will be taking part in many aspects of the event. Tonya and I will be putting on a 2 session clinic at the U of A and doing some talks to youth at the Venue on Thursday and Friday. We will be at the competition to cheer on our teammates and sign autographs and take pictures. Hope to see a lot of fans there!
For more information check out this site: http://wrestling.ca/news/article.php?id=2185
Congratulations on all your hard work and accomplishments!
From Heather M on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Congratulations, Carol! It was super to watch on tv! Plus it looked like you were very much enjoying the medal ceremony and having lots of fun, too! (Great Olympic spirit!) Your achievements and your cheerfulness make Canadians everywhere very happy and very, very proud! Congratulations and all the best!
From Victor Lee on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Fantastic job Carol! You did yourself and the country proud both in and out of the ring!
From Michael on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
sooooooooooooo proud of you, dear carol ! you're an inspiration for all of us in Canada.
From alain m. bergeron on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
I think me and all your fans love you with or without medals. I'm happy to see you trying so hard. If you get any kind of medal I'm happy for you. Just keep enjoying doing wrestling. Getting medals is just a consequence and is very nice. Keep that million dollars smile you have.
From Fernando from Montreal on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
From Morgan on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Congratulations Carol on being a 2x Olympic medalist! Canada is proud of you!!
From Vicky L on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
Dear Carol: Congratulations on winning the Bronze Medal in London! My name is Arnim Joop, and I am publisher of the multicultural community newspaper MILL WOODS MOSAIC in Edmonton. I find your story very interesting, being the successful daughter of hard-working parents who were refugees from Vietnam. I understand you will be competing here in Edmonton next month and I would like to take this opportunity to interview you for a story in my multicultural community newspaper. Would you be available for an interview? That would be great. Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hear from you. Yours truly, Arnim Joop MILL WOODS MOSAIC Inc. P.O. Box 92090 Meadowbrook RPO Edmonton, AB T6T 1N1 CANADA Tel. (780) 465-7526 Fax (780) 465-3140 email@example.com
From Arnim Joop on Wednesday, August 08, 2012
We are proud of your great efforts and success ! God bless...
From Richard from Toronto on Thursday, August 09, 2012
MESSAGE TO CAROL HUYNH, 2 Time Olympian - Canada Olympic team
You don't win the gold medal this time as in Peking but a bronze medal is a fabulous and exceptional accomplishment for an Olympian atlete. And this honor belongs to you, to your family and your community in B.C, to Canada. Thank you so much ... You make all of us so proud... Nguyễn thành Tri-Montreal
From nguyễ thành tri - Montreal on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Congratulations, Carol!!! You were amazing! We are so proud of you and we had a blast watching you back in Calgary @ Riverstone Pub! Kate thought it was so neat seeing you on TV! :)
From Helen D on Thursday, August 09, 2012
The Riverstone exploded with joy when we watched you wrestle! Congrats on the medal and for being such an awesome person!
From Emily on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Dear Ms. Carol,
I am Michal and I am from Poland. I am interested in sport and also in music. I am writing to you, because I collect autographs of olympic medalists. I congratulate you your great success in London and I will be very happy if I have your signature in my collection. I am asking you for sending your photo with autograph and dedication. Your autograph will be really wonderful souvenir for me. Thank you very much in advance. Congratulations once again. Yours sincerely Michal Banasiak
My address: Michal Banasiak ul.Korczynskiego 11 99-300 Kutno Poland
From Michał Banasiak on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Congratulations Carol! We found out that our neighbor was an Olympian a week ago and of course we are SO PROUD of you!! Good Job! We hope to have a good relationship with you two guys because we REALLY don't want to be in trouble!! LOL
From Keegan and Marieli on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Although we have never met, through you I felt a personal connection to the Olympics to the whole country and particularly Hazelton. Your legacy reaches far beyond the sport. Your spirit and your story has entered my heart and I thank you for that.
From Karen on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Congratulations Carol! You're an inspiration to Canadians!
From Tuck on Thursday, August 09, 2012
Congratulations Carol! From a fellow GCAP-er :)
From Nancy on Sunday, August 12, 2012
Congratulations on your Olympic performance. Tremendously inspiring. Good luck to you in all your future plans!
From GLC on Monday, August 13, 2012
Hello Carol, congradulations. I hope you get this and can answer my question.I am a wrestler by trade and heart but had to give it up before I hit my prime. I want to win gold for Canada in Rio but I don't know who to talk to about resuming training and qualifying. If you could help me out with that I can guarantee another gold for our country's team. My name is Doug Beaverstock and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I sincerely hope you can find the time to get back to me, thank you. If it matters, between 1990-1997 I wrestled in over 500 matches losing once and drawing once and I believe in my mind and heart I can do the same in Rio.
From Doug on Tuesday, August 14, 2012
I was very impressed by your story and great job at the Olympics. But I was especially impressed with your motivational talks to the high school in hazelton. I am a lab tech in prince rupert and we are hosting a regional lab conference at the end of October. Sat Oct 27. I was wondering if your schedule would allow you to fly in and perhaps talk at the high school too. Please let me know if that would be at all possible. Robin Knox prince rupert 250-624-5608.
From robin knox on Monday, August 20, 2012
You are absolutely amazing! This October at the Calgary Public Library we will be participating in a Wrestlemania Reading Challenge. It would mean a lot to the kids if you would come as a guest speaker! Please email me at email@example.com if you are interested.
From Elizabeth Coates on Monday, August 20, 2012
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Dear Carol Huynh
I would like to take the chance of congratulating you on your successful participation on the OS in London. I wish you the very best for your personal and professional life as well as for further successful Sports competitions. I would be glad on two photographs with your signature. I thank you for your efforts.
From Wolfgang Ehni on Wednesday, September 05, 2012
Hi Carol. As good as gold. Congratulations on your bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics. You fought your medal match strategically and powerfully. I was proud of you as a wrestler representing her country. Best wishes, Paul
From Paul Matthew St. Pierre on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
I am a Cultural Journalist and Chinese and glad to see that you won Bronze- But also being the Beijing Olympic Gold Winner - one must not forget that you have won more than just Medals, but an opportunity to show that Canadian Women's Wrestling is no longer a back door sport and that your inspiration will no doubt see another Female Wrestler on the Podium be it, the Olympics, Pan Am, for Canada.
Its Like you were Born to Wrestle and be a Winner
From Len Chan on Saturday, September 15, 2012
Hi Carol, are you coming to Toronto's Olympic heroes parade on Friday Sept. 21, 2012. I am looking forward to see you.
From Karen on Thursday, September 20, 2012
Hi Carol, Hope all is well with you. Please send me your mailing address so I can send you a 'comp' copy of my book "Saving Wrestling: The Inside Story of the Sport's Epic Fight to Stay in the Olympics". Thanks, Jamie Moffatt email@example.com
From Jamie Moffatt on Sunday, September 29, 2013
My name is Stuart Dale and I am a Researcher for BBC Learning in Scotland. I am currently looking for athletes that may be willing to take part in our project BBC Commonwealth Class and we are hoping that you may be interested in taking part.
As part of the project, we would like to feature around 20 athletes from across the Commonwealth who schools can ‘follow’ in a range of ways. We would like each athlete to feature on the Commonwealth Class website which will include a photograph and online interview. We may also ask the athlete if they might be available to be present at their old school for us to film depending on availability etc. For an example of our most recent film please follow this link to ‘Girls in Sport’ which featured Pakistan’s number one female squash player Maria Toorpakai Wazir. As part of our previous project World Class you can see a film here with Alistair Brownlee or another with Usain Bolt
Commonwealth Class is a special initiative that provides teaching resources and online debates for schools to mark the run up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s a collaboration with the BBC, Commonwealth Secretariat and British Council.
More than 100,000 schools, 300,000 teachers and 17 million young people across the Commonwealth will use themed learning resources, take part in online exchanges and forums and work on collaborative projects in cross-Commonwealth teams.
Over the next few weeks we will be finalising a representative list of athletes from across Commonwealth countries and sports.
Please let me know if you will be taking part in next year’s games in Glasgow and would be interested in principle in being featured on our website.
If you have any further queries please let me know.
Stuart Stuart Dale Researcher BBC Learning Zone 2.23 BBC Scotland 40 Pacific Quay Glasgow G51 1DA 0141 422 6375 or 07941 293 499 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bbc.co.uk/commonwealthclass
From Stuart Dale, BBC on Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Hi Carol Do you know if and where I could purchase any posters featuring you.
From Margaret on Tuesday, April 29, 2014
I am a coach out here in Halifax, NS currently leading a Leadership Course for girls aged 11-15. The goal of the course is to provide them with the skills and tools they need to be leaders on their teams and in their community. They learn about management skills, goal setting, and many more beneficial tools. The name of the course, "Leadership Has No Title", is currently being run around the idea that you do not need to have an official title to set an example of leadership.
During our last meeting, we changed our focus onto looking at influential female role-models from around the globe. We looked at entrepreneurs, athletes, record holders, a variety of women. Nearly all the girls in the course are athletes from paddling, hockey and gymnastics. I thought it would be neat if somehow we could have a conference call during our meeting from you. For some of the girls, the Olympics are something they have their eyes set on. It would be neat for them to hear a little about your training experiences and your time at the Olympics. They are at such an influential age in their sports so hearing about how to manage challenges would be great too.
If you would be willing to donate a little time (15-20mins) on a Sunday night for our group please let me know.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
From Ornmadee Baxter-Lovo on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Dear Carol -- I'm Vinh Nguyen, an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo. In light of the current refugee crisis, I've started a blog called Compassionate Canada for Vietnamese Canadians to tell their stories of refuge as a way to stand in solidarity with the millions of refugees in need of assistance right now.
I know that you come from a family of refugees and I was hoping that she might be able to contribute a very short piece to help the cause. The blog has been covered by the French CBC and is gaining lots of attention on social media and otherwise. I think it can become a platform to encourage our nation to do more for refugees.
Here is the link to the blog: https://compassionatecanada.wordpress.com/
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me nguyev27[at]gmail.com! Thanks for passing this along to Carol!
From Vinh Nguyen on Tuesday, September 08, 2015
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Carol was born in the small town of Hazelton, BC. Her parents were hard-working individuals who came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam. Carol grew up with two brothers and two sisters who motivated and supported her to play every sport she could.
At the urging of family and friends, she joined her high school wrestling team at age 15 and has enjoyed and excelled at the sport ever since.
She was recruited by Simon Fraser University in 1998 where she later received a BA in Psychology. She made the Junior World team in 1999 and in 2000 she made both the Junior and Senior World Teams. Since then, Carol has relinquished her position on the senior national team only once in her career. Unfortunately, it was the year leading up to the 2004 Olympic Games. Carol's Olympic Dream hit a snag when teammate, mentor, and role model, Lyndsay Belisle, pursued her Olympic Dream in 2004. Carol lost to her at the Canadian Olympic trials, but supported her as a training partner all the way to Athens.
This snag fuelled the fire to become an Olympian. Determined to make the 2008 Olympic Team, Carol moved from Vancouver to Calgary in 2006. She left her friends and family, and put her academic career on hold to enable her to focus solely on her training and pursue her Olympic Dreams to the fullest.
Now that she has achieved her goal of competing for Canada at the Olympic Games in Beijing and met success there with a gold medal win, Carol has been working on new goals. She has recently completed her Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She has qualified to represent Canada at the Olympic Games in London this summer and is training for another successful Games.