With the 2014 Olympic games behind us, its now time to cheer on our Canadian Paralympic athletes at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Sanford Resident Dennis Thiessen is part of the defending curling world champion Team Canada, skipped by Jim Armstrong, who will represent Canada at the games.
According to Thiessen his plane leaves Friday afternoon for the games, and he couldn't be more excited. He explained they will do their best to hit the podium at the Paralympic Games.
"It was just an unbelievable feeling," said Thiessen when asked about seeing both the men's and women's teams win gold at the 2014 Olympics earlier this month. "It sent shivers down my back, and now there is pressure on us to do the same thing. It was really really great to see Jennifer Jones and Brad Jacobs teams win gold."
We see how much training and practice is necessary for athletes who are going to any sporting competition, and asked Thiessen how he trained for the games. "We tone it down a little bit," said Thiessen. "I was throwing four times a week until this point. I have a couple more nights yet to go throw. The gym has been cut down as well. We are just trying to get as much rest and relaxing as we can. That's kind of hard, but we are trying our best to do that."
Team Canada isn't just from one rink, it's from all different places across Canada.
Being the defending World Champion's, he noted they have a target on their backs. He added every game is going to be a challenge, but their going to be ready for it.
"Great Britain is going to come on very strong," said Thiessen. "Sweden, they gave us the most challenge last year in the Worlds, and Russia, and we have them right off the hop. Those three teams we feel are going to be the most challenging."
Thiessen stressed the importance of recognizing that the Olympics are not over as they are headed to compete in the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi Russia.
Opening ceremonies for the games will be March 7th, and they will hit the sheet first thing in the morning on the 8th.
A total of 57 Paralympian athletes from Canada are competing in these games.