Tonya Verbeek won a bronze medal in BeijingOnce, while she was attending a Hamilton Tiger-Cats game, Tonya Verbeek let the Olympic silver medal she won at the 2004 Athens Games be passed through the crowd at Ivor Wynne Stadium while the wrestler was being honoured on the field.
That explains a lot about the 34-year-old who will compete in the 55-kilogram category at the London Olympic Games on Thursday. For Verbeek, the spoils of victory don't matter as much as the competition.
"The medals and all the trophies, they obviously represent and show where I've been and how I've done (but) you've got it all in here, in your heart,'' Verbeek told the Toronto Star. "That's the most important thing for me.''
The native of Thorold, Ont., didn't even think she would be wrestling in London. Verbeek believed she would retire after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
She took time off in 2010 to recover from a back injury and recharge mentally. Verbeek showed she still has the skill to be a contender by winning a silverRead More »from For Tonya Verbeek, the competition is more important than the spoils at the 2012 Summer Games