Notable quotes from Canadians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics: July 25

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TOKYO — Here are some notable quotes from Canadians at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics from Sunday, July 25, 2021:

“Before our last dive, I knew we were in a good position for a podium finish. When I entered the water, I knew I had had a good dive. My first reaction then was to look at Melissa and she looked at me with big eyes and she said, 'I got it'. I turned around and watched the reaction of the coaches and immediately knew that we had won the silver medal."

--Jennifer Abel on the final dive three-metre synchronized springboard that earned her and teammate Melissa Citrini-Beaulieu a silver medal.

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"I think it’s kind of crazy. I think we were all hopeful that we would get a medal. We didn’t know what medal it would really be. I think we all just wanted one. For it to be a silver, it’s pretty crazy I think.”

--Penny Oleksiask after powering the anchor leg of Canada's silver-medal-winning women's 4x100 freestyle relay.

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"It’s not easy for anybody, adjusting at the last second. You think you're going to play one guy and somebody else comes, a different game style than Andy. So it was just a little bit of mental adjustment."

--Tennis coach Frank Dancevic on Felix Auger-Aliassime having to play Australia's Max Purcell in the first round instead of Andy Murray, who withdrew with an injury.

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"We've all invested heavily in preparation for this event. We came here believing we could go home a gold medallist. All of our focus over the last two years has been on that. They've sacrificed in their lives incredibly to put themselves in this position."

--Women's softball head coach Mark Smith after the Canadians lost 1-0 to Japan to deny them a chance to play for gold.

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"I'm proud that I can call myself a two-time Olympian. I still made it here. The battle to get here is often harder than the battle fought in the ring. I'm still proud of my career, I've had a really great career up until this point."

--Boxer Mandy Bujold, whose final Olympic appearance was a first-round loss. The 34-year-old won a human rights appeal to sport's highest court to compete at the Tokyo Games.

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"The goal for me was always the gold medal, but I think realizing what it means to be an Olympian and even to be here at the Olympics surrounded by the world's best athletes is incredible."

--Skylar Park after an 18-7 loss to Taiwan's Chia-Ling Lo in the women's 57-kilogram taekwondo quarterfinal.

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“Looking back on it, yeah, I guess I wish I would have done it (vaccination) earlier. But thinking on scheduling purposes and having the PGA and defending Memorial, to be honest it wasn’t in my mind.”

--Spanish golfer Jon Rahm, who was knocked out of the Olympic golf tournament for testing positive for COVID-19.

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“More than anything else I’m just focused on playing tennis. The Olympics has been a dream of mine since I was a kid so I feel like the break that I took was very needed. I feel definitely a little bit refreshed and I’m happy again.”

--Japan's Naomi Osaka after a straight sets first-round victory, her first match in nearly two months.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 25, 2021.

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