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Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model for female athletes anywhere. As the captain of the bronze medal-winning Canadian Women's 7 Rugby Team, she is well poised to do just that.
As a single parent, the Edmonton dad worked two jobs to raise the Olympian and her older brother.
I have no idea if the man eulogized by Dr Maya Angelou last month as South Africa's "David...Man of strength Gideon", was actually in the press box that hot, sunny day at Ellis Park. But I believe he was. I could feel it in the pride his perceived presence stirred to a melodious roar.