John MacLeod, Olympic water polo player representing Canada, plays in a match during the Montreal 1976 Olympics. Photo courtesy of John MacLeod.

Episode 129: John MacLeod, Montreal 1976 Olympic Water Polo Player

Release Date: March 19, 2020

We welcome John MacLeod back to the show to talk about his experiences as a member of Team Canada’s 1976 Olympic water polo team. John tells us what it was like to make the team, travel behind the Iron Curtain and march in the Opening Ceremonies. We also discuss what it was like to return to normal life after having a great Olympic experience, and how that transition can be difficult. Jill also tells a couple of Olympic-related stories of when she visited Innsbruck back in 1992 (her clothes were almost as fabulous as those from the 1970s). Plus, our self-isolation wouldn’t be complete without relating an update on what COVID-19 has disrupted in terms of the Tokyo 2020 plans.

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