Olivia Krynski went from Prince Edward Island to Portage la Prairie and now to Edmonton, all within a week. Krynski is taking part in her second national judo event of the month after representing Manitoba at the Canada Winter Games on March 2nd.
"Although I didn't get the results I was looking for, it was still really cool to see the diversity of the athletes (at the Canada Winter Games)," Krynski explains. "Everyone had the common goal of wanting to place (top three), and seeing the level of sport there, was cool."
Krynski had a couple of tough contests in PEI but she believes she was able to learn a lot from competing against such high-level athletes. The 17-year-old is now participating in the Edmonton International Judo Championship today.
This is the second year in a row Krynski went to Edmonton for this tournament. She finished seventh out of 20+ competitors. Her main goal this time around is to improve upon her performance last year.
"I'd really like to place (top three), of course," Krynski continues. "But, I really just want to do better than I did last time."
Krynski has had an exhausting month to date but has enjoyed every minute of it.
"Well, I'm pretty tired. Other than that, it's a lot of fun getting to do all of this team stuff," says Krynski. "Travelling opens up a lot of opportunities competition-wise by getting to meet all the different coaches. When we compete at the bigger tournaments, Team Canada notices how we place."
The Portager looks to put her best foot forward today and tomorrow in hopes of returning home with a medal.