Saskatoon athlete will likely be diving for gold in Tokyo

Everyone knew that Rylan Wiens had a good chance of making it to the Canadian Olympic team. It only became official after the competition on Thursday at the Olympic Trials in Toronto.

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“I’ve dreamed of saying this for a long time, and in the past few years it has become a possibility,” he said.

“Now that I’ve finally made it, it’s a reality and it’s pretty cool to say that I’m one of the very few Olympians.”

The 19-year-old member of the Saskatoon Diving Club also had a premiere. Now the first Saskatoon diver to qualify for the Olympics, he’s showing the youth that you don’t have to come from Montreal or train there.

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“Putting Saskatoon on the map and getting to a place that isn’t Montreal on the map is pretty cool. Just to represent Pike Lake and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, western Canada, it’s all great, ”he said.

Wiens earned his ticket to Tokyo as second in the men’s 10-meter final. First place went to his teammate Nathan Zsomber-Murray, who is one year younger at the age of 18.

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“We have a very good relationship, even though we are competitors,” said Zsomber-Murray.

“We both push each other and I think we really support each other. As you saw at the end of the event. We hugged and said ‘good work’. “

“I’m just looking forward to the future that he and I have together at 10 meters,” added Wiens.

“Hopefully next year we can start doing some synchro together so we can see what’s coming. But yes, he’s a really good friend and also a really good teammate. “

The Tokyo Summer Olympics run from July 23 to August 8.

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