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Pan American champion of Canada wishing a medal due to peak form

With 238 kilograms, 26 old years old Christine Girard (63 kg) achieved the gold medal for Canada in Guadalajara, surpassing the previous Pan American record of Leidy Solis from Colombia.

Q: What are your life’s other peaks this year?

A: Besides this remarkable success 2011 brought lot of other changes in my life. This summer Walter Bailey my coach and I decided to marry and I moved to British Colombia where my husband is the president of British Colombia Weightlifting Federation. So this is really the year of memorable changes.

Q: Is anyone in your family not touched by weightlifting?

A: My family’s everyday life is indelibly impregnated by weightlifting. My father used to be the president of Héraclés weightlifting Club. All his four daughters became lifters, I followed Caroline in training. It was already ten years ago, in 2001 when I travelled to my first international competition to Greece. Sport has changed my life radically as weightlifting became not just my passion but my way of living. All family members subordinate their time to sports. One of my sisters Sylvie from Quebec came here to support me in the hall and our dad has a day off to follow the contest live on IWF web site.

Q: What are your expectations for tonight competition?

A: I feel good, so far, hopefully I full good in a few hours too. Everybody knows how important this year is for the qualification for the Olympics. Tonight it will be a really big fight, let me put it this way, a nice competition to watch. I just hope my performance will be high enough to be a medallist. We had the last one five years ago in 69 kg category.

Chinese, Kazakh and Russian are extremely strong. The real big question mark is whether anyone can stop Maneza two times World Champion in 2009, 2010 or she will be crowned for the third time. The other question is whether Thai Thongshuk’s world record as the oldest record among women (set 2005) will still alive.