Northern BC athlete earns Olympic medal

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Meryeta O’Dine of Prince George captured a bronze medal in the Olympic women’s snowboard…

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Meryeta O’Dine of Prince George captured a bronze medal in the Olympic women’s snowboard cross final in Bejing on Wednesday.

While mostly everyone was fast asleep at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, the 24-year-old became the first athlete from Prince Geroge to earn an Olympic medal.

She placed third behind gold-medal winner Lindsey Jacobellis, of the U.S., and France’s Chloe Trespeuch, who earned silver.

This is O’dine’s Olympic debut after withdrawing from the 2018 Pyeongchang Games after suffering a concussion after a fall in practice two days before her event.

According to olympic.ca, O’Dine also experienced some personal hardship in 2020 when her brother Brandon lost his battle with cancer. She came back to the World Cup circuit in January 2021 after working with psychologists to help her re-learn how to be an Olympic level athlete.

O’Dine’s next race is the mixed team snowboard cross event on Saturday.

The next Olympic race for O’Dine will be the mixed team snowboard cross event on Saturday.

After five days, Canada sits at 12th among competing countries, with eight medals, one gold, two silver, and five bronze.

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