Olympian Desiree Scott has arrived home, carrying the gold medal that she won at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Scott and her team captured gold in women’s soccer after defeating Sweden in the final. Canada won that game after penalties, defeating Sweden 3-2.
Now, Scott has arrived at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Her friends and family waited for Scott to congratulate her on this stunning success. For the first time in history, Canada has won a gold medal in soccer.
Scott has talked to the public:
“This is the pinnacle for me. This is the best moment of my life and — I’m going to get emotional — I’m so grateful to be here and to bring this home it means a lot.”
Scott participated three times at the Olympic games. She was part of Canada’s bronze-medal winning squads at both the 2012 Olympics in London and the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro.
“Hearing your anthem and seeing your flag rise is a feeling I’ll never forget and a memory I’ll never forget,” says Scott.
She hopes that her success will inspire the next generation of Canadian players. She concluded:
“Hopefully this inspires all of the young ones who are playing soccer to continue to grow to play the game and to fall in love with the game. Never stop believing in yourself, be your own cheerleader and dream big. I never ever would have imagined being at the top of the podium being a girl from Winnipeg who just loves the game. You just never know where an opportunity is going to take you, so do the work and love what you are doing.”