Before our trip to the Rio Games I thought I knew what it was like to be a journalist, but really I had just scratched the surface. Working a major international event is a completely different ball game.
The first time I met Tristen Chernove was a few moments after the biggest race of his life, and he had just won his first ever Paralympic gold medal.
My experience at the Rio Paralympics taught me the value of personal relationships and humility when covering sports.
Aurelie Rivard won gold and set a world record early in our coverage of the Paralympics and whether I knew it or not it was something I had always dreamed of seeing live. I not only got to see the race, I was able to watch the medal ceremony and the amazing moment that followed.
Tristen Chernove, Canada’s top Paralympic cyclist, put on quite the gutsy performance in Rio on Friday. He turned a near catastrophic 15th place finish into a career defining moment in the men’s C1-2-3 road race. He displayed the kind of heart most would expect out of a Paralympic champion, by prevailing and finishing the race after a first lap crash.