Pat Kyle, the mother of Olympic athlete Kaylyn Kyle said her daughter’s dreams became reality when she won the Olympic bronze at the 2012 games noting her daughter, “spent her whole entire life building for this moment.”
“She started playing soccer at the age of six and one day in my office she wrote on one of the little yellow stickies, ‘Kaylyn Kyle, #6, Team Canada’ and I didn’t find it until weeks later, but I found it and questioned her about it and she said, ‘Mom, I want to be on team Canada.’,” said Pat.
She continued, “This started years ago.”
Kyle herself said she was still charged from the bronze medal win.
“It’s awesome, coming through the doors and seeing all my family and friends…it’s incredible,” she said noting the medal is also for her family and everyone who supported her.
“My parents were at the tournament the entire time, same with my sister and her boyfriend, but they never got to see the medal, just cause it was really crazy busy … so it’s great to come home and see them right when I get off the plane,” said Kyle.
”I owe it to them, they woke up every morning at 5 a.m. to take me to soccer,” said Kyle.
Public takes pride in Saskatchewan Olympians
The Olympians weren’t the only ones who took pride in their performance at the Summer games, as some members of the public also took honor in how well Saskatchewan athletes performed.
“It’s nice to see people taking pride in Saskatchewan because we don’t get a lot of people who are proud of living in Canada,” said Jesse Armstrong, a Saskatoon resident.
“It does [make me feel proud] because I’m a really big athlete too I think it’s really good that we have our best going out there for us,” said Amanda Vignes, a young athlete walking in Saskatoon’s downtown. “We’re such a small province and no one knows really who we are, so it’s really good to get our name out there.”
“When they started winning medals, it just makes our country look better, especially to the U.S.” said Tamika Badger, who was walking with friends. “A lot of people from the U.S. think Canada is this bad place … this just shows people how much different we are than people think.”