While an Olympic season will also be harrowing for an athlete, with its americaand downs, the yr that starts as soon as the cauldron is going darkish will also be fraught with volatility.
For some of Canada’s most sensible wrestlers, this week’s international championships — operating Monday thru Saturday in Paris — will punctuate a troublesome yr, for in my opinion distinctive causes.
The champion, sidelined
On Aug. 18, 2016, Erica Wiebe gained an Olympic gold medal.
In the yr since she has change into the embodiment of a contemporary Olympic champion on this nation — nationally fêted, a visitor of honour in all places, at all times smiling… a charity-supporting fashion citizen.
And it is thrown her totally out of whack.
“For the last year I haven’t had a balanced identity,” says Wiebe.
“I’ve just thrown myself into being a wrestler and being an Olympic champion and all of the excitement and opportunities that that has afforded me, but it’s almost hard because then my identity is totally placed in that.”
Olympic gold has taken Wiebe to the a ways reaches of Canada, or even to India for a highly paid pro wrestling gig.
One yr after her Rio triumph, the 28-year-outdated will pass over the arena championships for a couple of causes.
First, there are accidents. She says a post-Olympic MRI printed a lot of problems in her proper foot. To make it worse, she tore the fascia in that foot in February. Three weeks later, she fractured cartilage in her ribs.
And then there is the query of lifestyles steadiness.
“I feel like I’m so much more than just a wrestler,” says Wiebe.
The Stittsville, Ont., local is operating on a wrestling program for college visits in Calgary the place she trains, to even issues out.
Mian vs. Mian
Jasmine Mian additionally is aware of how tricky lifestyles will also be post-Olympics.
“Everyone always warns you the year after the Olympics is kind of challenging, but you don’t believe it until you’re faced with it yourself,” she says.
Rio 2016 was once her first Olympics. She competed within the freestyle 48-kg class, and can do the similar in Paris this week.
Mian went to Brazil to win a medal and was once disenchanted with 12th position.
An entire life of paintings fell to items in in the future.
“To be honest, it kind of broke me,” she says.
Afterwards, her motivation hit an all-time low, and Mian started to doubt herself.
“I thought I was weak because every single day I wanted to quit,” says the 27-year-outdated.
Mian struggled with the Rio heartbreak, and the idea of 4 extra years to the following Olympics, figuring out not anything is assured.
“I think that this year actually has been in some ways my strongest year ever because I’ve been faced with that option [to quit] every single day and every single day I’ve chosen to train,” says Mian, from Barrie, Ont.
Similar to her excellent pal Wiebe, Mian selected to steadiness her lifestyles by way of plunging into some other pursuit.
She works complete-time as an educational guide to University of Calgary varsity athletes, jamming in coaching prior to and after her paintings day.
The males’s group is highlighted by way of 3-time Olympian Haislan Garcia and Rio 2016 Olympian Korey Jarvis.
After Rio, Garcia moved to Tempe, Ariz., to invest as a volunteer assistant trainer with Arizona State University, the place he additionally trains.
His 14-year-outdated son stayed in the back of in Vancouver.
“It’s exhausting evidently, being clear of him,” says Garcia. They communicate at the telephone, and notice each and every different when Garcia is in Vancouver, “It’s not the same,” he admits.
It turns out trade is frequently a spouse of a brand new quadrennial, when making plans for and grappling with unknown forces calls for the entire energy of an Olympic yr, and possibly extra.