Notable quotes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: July 27

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Here are some notable quotes from Canadians and other athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from Tuesday, July 27, 2021:

"Actually I don't remember, I was just crying and I didn't realize what happened.

"I thought about my grandmother because once she told me she'd like me to sing the Canadian anthem, so I sang it — but on the podium at the Olympics."

— Weightlifter Maude Charron on hearing the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women's 64-kilogram event.

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"This is the best team and one of the best cultures I've ever been a part of. Personally, this is the best gift I could have ever received. I cannot put into words how much this ending means to me, and doing it with this group of women."

— Softball veteran Jenn Salling on Canada's bronze medal. Salling announced she will retire from sport after helping the team to Canada's first-ever softball medal

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"I went the second-fastest time that I've ever gone and I have to be happy with that. I'm proud of that in an Olympic final. After such a crazy year, I don't think you can be too hard on yourself."

— Canadian swimmer Kylie Masse, after winning a silver medal in the 100-metre backstroke

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"You soak up every Olympics, because you never know if you're going to get an opportunity to have another Olympics. But yeah, after the race, I was more nostalgic than other times, just getting to see the girls who had the races they dreamed of, the girls that had really big disappointments, and having experienced the highs and lows of Olympics before myself, and having that perspective to kind of be there for them."

— Canadian cyclist Catharine Pendrel, who finished 18th in the women's mountain bike race in her final Olympics.

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"I definitely feel like there was a lot of pressure for this. I think it’s maybe because I haven’t played in the Olympics before and for the first year (it) was a bit much.

— Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka after her unexpected 6-1, 6-4 loss to former Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in the third round of the Olympic tennis tournament on Tuesday.

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"It’s been my childhood dream, and I moved my life to be right here, right now with her. I couldn’t jump three weeks ago, I couldn’t walk three weeks ago. So to be here, to be diving, to be an Olympian now, I’m just super proud."

— Canadian diver Caeli McKay, after she and partner Meaghan Benfeito missed the podium by 0.54 point to finish fourth in the 10m synchronized platform event. McKay was diving with an ankle injury.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 27, 2021

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