PHOTO: Canada’s men’s field hockey team poses with its #RedCaribou antlers up at Canada House (By Yan Huckendubler)
Bowing out of the field hockey competition after the preliminary round wasn’t quite what Canada’s field hockey team had in mind for its Olympic Games. But with a strong finish in its final match, drawing India, the world’s fifth ranked team, Canada’s men’s field hockey team held its collective head high and has since been experiencing the non-competition side of the Games.
Of course, having their Olympic journey come to an end on the field wasn’t easy.
— Charlsie Agro (@CBCharlsie) August 12, 2016
Team captain Scott Tupper recently joined Shane Foxman of Vancouver’s CKNW AM 980 to debrief about all things Olympics. Listen here.
Immediately after the 2-2 tie with India on Friday, many of the Canadian men – including Tupper – took to social media to share their thoughts on their competition stage coming to an end:
A photo posted by Scott Tupper (@tups4) on
— Ben Martin (@bmart87) August 12, 2016
— Adam Froese (@froesey1) August 12, 2016
A photo posted by Mark Pearson (@markajp19) on
Hard walking off the Olympic pitch for the last time but proud that we fought hard to take a point from a top 5 team. Thanks to all the family, friends, and fans who came out to support us or supported us from back home in Canada. You all made this past week the most memorable time of my life, my teammates and I appreciate all the love. #proudcanadian #teamcanada #Rio2016 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦
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Once the initial sting wore off, Canada’s men were able to take in the grandeur of the Olympic Games.
First the men visited “Canada House,” the home of Team Canada at the Olympic Games, to be honoured by the Canadian Olympic Committee, fans, friends, family and fellow athletes.
— Jeff Sauvé (@jeff_sauve) August 14, 2016
— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) August 13, 2016
Then, after a customary photo with #RedCarbiou antlers up, a few of the veterans joined Alexandra Orlando for a light-hearted interview:
Rio 2016: Alexandra Orlando with Mark Pearson & David Carter & Scott Tupper & Adam Froese (field hockey / Hockey sur gabon)
With a week to go before the Closing Ceremony, many of Canada’s men have been taking in the sights and sounds of the Olympics with family and friends who, others have simply been enjoying all that is beautiful about Rio:
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