Pendrel wins bronze in Rio

When an early crash sent Kamloops’ Catharine Pendrel to the ground on Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro, it looked like disaster

Catharine Pendrel of Kamloops shows the skill that won her a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics.

Kamloops This Week

It would have been easy to count her out.

When an early crash sent Kamloops’ Catharine Pendrel to the ground on Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro, it looked like disaster for the Canadian cross-country mountain biker. The mishap relegated the defending World Cup champion, three-time Olympian and Canadian medal hopeful to the back of the 29-woman field. A medal appeared all but out of reach.

It would have been a disappointment reminiscent of the 2012 Olympics, which the 35-year-old led for much of the race, only to finish ninth.

However, rrather than crumble, Pendrel got to work. The native of Fredericton, N.B., pushed on after the crash.

When she crossed the finish line one hour, 31 minutes and 41 seconds later, she looked exhausted.

But it didn’t matter — she was an Olympic bronze medallist.

“I didn’t know if it would actually happen and I’m so excited that it did,” Pendrel told CBC after the race.

Her time trailed winner Jenny Rissveds of Sweden (1:30:15) and Maja Wlosczowska of Poland (1:30:52).

 

“There were so many moments in the race where I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out and it did. I’m excited and I’m going to celebrate.”

 

 

Just Posted

Rockin’ Robin

Another sign spring has sprung

Blue River Health Centre closed March 25-26

Clinic will return to regular operations on March 27

Spring Break Skijor Day

More horsing around at Smokin True Ranch

Community of Vavenby: weekly news update

Please be aware of children near the roads when driving

Riverside Adventures finds new owner

Business sold to new owner Sam Charvet

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Most Read