The Canadian women’s soccer team, including Saskatchewan players Kaylyn Kyle and Kelly Parker, have claimed glory at the London Games, capturing bronze after narrowly defeating France 1-0 on Aug. 9.
Rebounding from the gut-wrenching 4-3 semi-final loss to the United States in what some are billing the most prolific contest in women’s soccer history, Canada has captured their first medal in a traditional summer team sport since 1936.
France was dominant, putting four shots on Canadian keeper Erin McLeod to Canada’s one on the French net. The French also ricocheted shots off Canada’s crossbar and post. It was Diana Matheson who struck bronze for Canada, finding the bottom right corner of the French net in the second minute of added time.
Kyle’s Twitter Popularity Soars
Social media made London’s Games the most “connected” Olympics in history. When Kyle departed for London she had a few thousand followers.
Fast-forward to the present, where the Canadian women’s soccer team are near- certified rock stars following their bronze: Kyle’s Twitter page has nearly reached 20,000 followers. Here are five memorable Olympic-related Tweets from Saskatoon’s soccer celebrity.
1) Bronze medal post-game:
“Let’s try that again!!! BEST MOMENT OF MY LIFE!!!!! DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!!!!!!!”
2) Bronze medal pre-game:
“So proud to be CANADIAN UR all so amazing!!!! Thank u for the messages and support now let’s win this F’ing BRONZE for everyone in CANADA!”
3) Following loss to U.S.:
“Gutted…. sorry for letting everyone down especially our senior players they deserved IT, we left everything on the field.”
4) Upping her social media presence, Aug. 5:
What are the chances I break 10,000 followers before game day tomorrow?? Got a bet with @officialcwood and I HATE loosing!!!
5) Opening Ceremony:
Did the queen just jump out of the heli!!!!!!!! What an entrance #ihopeimthatkicka$$ when I’m older!