Despite feeling like she was ‘hit by a train’, Georgia Ellenwood of Langley held on and still set a new personal best of 1.83 meters in the high jump in the heptathlon. women at the Tokyo Olympics.
“It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to go through,” said Ellenwood.
“But I didn’t go to the Olympics just to get to the Olympics.”
It was extremely hot and humid in Tokyo on the day of the women’s heptathlon, with temperatures of 34 degrees recorded in the morning, but Ellenwood was unsure if she was suffering from dehydration or heat stroke.
“I had to dig deeper than ever before in a competition,” said Ellenwood.
“I was going to end, one way or another.”
She described trying to overcome the first two events as the nausea, fatigue and dizziness continued to build up.
“I faced the worst in the hours leading up to the 800m,” recalls Ellenwood.
“If I breathed too deeply, I would throw up. What a way to be 26!
Ellenwood finished ninth out of 10 runners in this event, one of the seven track and field events in the heptathlon, under a point system that awards higher scores for better results in each of the seven components.
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A few days later, she was still recovering, “but I’m so proud of myself that I found my way through the line. “
Ellenwood is a Langley High School graduate who cites Langley Mustangs coaches Kim Chapdelaine, Dwayne Lotnick and Brent Dolfo among her biggest inspirations.
She has won numerous medals and top honors as a student athlete at Langley, including the 2010 BC Summer Games held in the township, where she won four medals from gold, and received the WR Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence, as the best performance at the Games.
She continued in 2011 with four more gold medals, when Ellenwood was named Most Outstanding Female Artist at the British Columbia High School Track and Field Championships.
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Ellenwood became an eight-time NCAA All-American (six first team, two second team) at the University of Wisconsin.
She had a memorable 2018 season when she won heptathlon at the NCAA Championships, the Pan American Combined Events Cup and the Canadian Championships.
This was after she missed the entire 2017 outdoor season due to breaking her foot on her jumping leg.
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