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Tokyo 2020: Tammara Thibeault optimistic about next phase of her Olympic journey

It’s usually tough to see the bright side after elimination, but Canada’s Tammara Thibeault shared some optimisitc thoughts Saturday.

Thibeault, 24, started strongly in the first round but faded under the pressure and adjustments of opponent and 2016 Rio Games silver medalist Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands.

Like most of the Canadian boxing team, Tokyo was Thibeault’s Olympic debut. She feels can learn from this experience and come back stronger at the Paris Games in 2024.

Yesterday I may have not gotten the results I wanted but I gave it my all and I believed in myself until the very end. I am sad about the outcome but I am proud of the process and the progression that I’ve made in boxing. This is just the beginning! I may be out of this tournament but don’t count me out of the game. I’m coming back and I’m coming back with a vengeance. I couldn’t have done any of this without the unconditional support of my friends and family. I may be far but I feel all the love coming my way.
I am so grateful to have incredible people in my life who believe in me. Thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey. They say that team work makes the dream work and they couldn’t be more right

Thibeault also made sure to thank her supporters who have been keeping an eye on not only her progress, but of the entire team.

They will likely hold her vow to “come back with a vengeance” tightly.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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