ERICA WIEBE - My Life Past Rio

ERICA WIEBE - My Life Past Rio

With Permission and written by Erica Wiebe

2016 Olympic Champion...there's no way to plan for this


My Olympic Journey and What's Next

It's been almost one month since I stepped on the mats in Rio de Janeiro on August 18th and to be honest, I have never felt that way before. I had so much joy walking into the wrestling venue that morning and I was ready to give it my all. In the lead up to the Games, I spent a lot of time visualizing how I wanted to feel that day and I was very intentional about how I wanted it to embrace the pressure of the Olympic Games and let my passion and tenacity shine through each moment.

It has been 9 years since I moved to Calgary and really started pursuing this big, audacious goal and I wanted Aug 18th to be a celebration of the years I have spent pouring my heart into this pursuit.
I took each match one take down at a time. and you may  have noticed, I was so in the moment, once the match ended my emotions slowly shifted from disbelief into the slow realization that I had just won the Olympic Games. 
And let me tell you, it has not truly sunk in yet. 

To be honest, I haven't really had a more than a few brief, fleeting moments to reflect on it. I am writing you this newsletter from Toronto, ON where I am here for a couple different events. In the last month, I have been to Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and now Toronto doing media, golf tournaments, keynotes speeches, and saying a lot of thank-you's to the people that helped me get to where I am today.
It's back to Calgary on Saturday and then some more travels in the months to come! 

Things are really exciting now in ways I could never imagine. I have already gotten back in the gym and so I am fitting in my off-mat workouts around the country in various hotel rooms and planning to return to the mats in mid-October. 

In the athlete world, our lives are dictated by four year cycles. Inevitably, everyone asks the question, do you have another 4 years in you. And albeit, this journey to arrive in Rio was a tumultuous one, I wouldn't trade it for the world. 
I'm excited about all the opportunities that are coming up for me but I am most excited to get back to doing what I love; wrestling.


Sportsnet Feature
Arash Madani, from Sportsnet, did this really cool feature on me PRIOR to competing. I think it showcases well my confidence, character, and headspace going into the Olympic competition. 
You can watch it HERE


I met up with Toronto Star reporter, Kerry Gillespie and she summed up my current state of affairs quite well. Check out the article



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Erica Wiebe Part 6 Road to Rio

Erica Wiebe Part 6 Road to Rio

With Permission from Erica Wiebe

Trips , Training Camps & Competitions Oh My!

Competition & Training has begun to ramp up!

Competition & Training has begun to ramp up!

Last time, I checked in, I was heading out to Hawaii and now I'm in Sweden... Sorry! It's hard to keep up with myself sometimes! 

Hawaii was a perfect training camp. We brought in 5 of the Olympic team members and training partners and the best coaches in Canada and had a week of intensive training on and off the mats! I love training camps because you get away from everyday life and become completely succumbed into training mode! Oh, and it's not so bad being in such a beautiful place with some of my best friends too!

We were back for a week and then off to Germany to compete at the German Grand Prix. It is always a tough tournament but I always seem to perform well and this weekend I came out on top winning the finals 5-1 against one of the top ranked girls in the world from Belarus.We will see each other in Rio!

Next stop, we traveled from Germany to Klippan, Sweden for a week training camp with the Swedish Olympic Team. They have a great training centre here and the practices have been phenomenal. 

Until now, the Road to Rio has involved a lot of training in Calgary and it feels good to get my hands on some international opponents. I thoroughly enjoy the process of training and pushing myself in the everyday grind but last Monday as we prepared to leave for our competition, I was reminded of how much I like to compete. I could feel myself vibrating with anticipation and excitement. 

Soon it will be back to Canada and the grind! My next competition is June 25th at the Canada Cup in Guelph.

Only 80 days left until the big show...

  Check out me and Jasmine Mian's (48KG) CBC Olympics Video titled, "Beautiful Bodies"


Ottawa Olympic Send Off & Fundraiser
June 9th at NeXt
Ever wondered what my best fear is..
So THANKFUL for all the supporters, friends, sponsors who allow me to stay sane and live my dream.
Couldn't do this without my number one sponsor, KPMG. Thank you John and the crew!
Erica Wiebe Part 5 Road to Rio

Erica Wiebe Part 5 Road to Rio

HBC Olympic Kit Launch in Toronto

April 12th, 2016 Can you spot me?

The Road to Rio is a long journey and has taken me places I would never expect!

Regardless of where in the world I find myself...

I'm committed to getting better 1% better everyday.

A Whirlwind Month

Since returning from the Pan Am Qualifiers in Frisco, Texas and securing my Olympic qualification, the remainder of March and April flew by as I enjoyed a little bit of a down phase in training before we ramp up in the months to come. We are still training consistently but are in more of an energy system prep phase in our off-mat training and on the mats are focusing on technical acquisition. 
I spent the last week of March in Montreal to train with fellow Olympic teammate, Dori Yeats (69kg) and her coach Moldovan Olympian, Ivan Diaconu. Ivan is a technical whizz and we worked through a lot of funky positions. We had a great time training at Tristar MMA, home to MMA legendary coach Firas Zahabi. It was a much different training environment than what I'm used to but this sport requires you to be comfortable being uncomfortable sometimes. 
The second week of April, I was in Toronto for the HBC Olympic Kit Launch. I was honoured to be selected as one of 10 athletes and 5 para-athletes to rock the new Hudson's Bay Olympic wear. We had a full day of preparations with hair and makeup with a fashion team that coordinated the show. Let me tell you one thing, wrestling is much easier than walking the catwalk!!! It was a lot of fun but I enjoyed  hanging out with my fellow athletes most of all, hearing their stories and learning about their Olympic journeys. 

Yesterday, I wrote the final exam of my second degree! For a long time, I continued my academic studies because it was an integral aspect of maintaining balance in my life outside of sport. I'm still working part-time in my role as a Research Assistant with Dr. Ariel Ducey in the very complex area of the moral economies of pelvic organ prolapse interventions (seriously interesting and important stuff). 

On Sunday, we head to Hawaii for a Canadian Olympic Team training camp. Tough life, I know! All six Olympic bound women and a select group of training partners will set up camp in Oahu for a week of torture! I will send you an update on the tail end of that! 
Till next time, yours in wrestling, 
Erica Wiebe


Signing Autographs at Cadet/Juvie Nationals

Interview with U of C Alumni Association


Wall Padding Wall Padding Everywhere

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To the average person, padding the walls of a gym seems odd. It isn’t until you or a loved one gets into a more physical sport, like mixed martial arts, or wrestling, or gymnastics, or even cheer or any other martial art, that the reason for gym wall padding becomes obvious. The fact of the matter is, when you’re throwing someone, flipping, leaping off things, or doing any number of moves where your body is in motion for an extended period of time, if you come into contact with that wall it is going to hurt.

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The best way to prevent that hurt? Pad the wall

Sometimes we misjudge our aim, or where that flip is going to put us. The punishment for a mistake like that can be anything from sprains to broken bones, and those injuries can put you out of commission for a long time. A broken leg can take years to mend and the leg won’t be the same after (I know of people who have broken a leg and it now aches whenever a storm is approaching). Anything you can do to prevent those injuries is A Big Deal.

Gym wall padding is just one item in the injury prevention tool kit. It protects from the results of an impact with the wall, just as floor padding saves you from a fall or being slammed into the floor. It is not the only method of protection – far from it.

Post padding protects you from running into the post, and can double as something to hit when practicing kicks, punches, and other moves. It doesn’t replace a punching bag, of course, but it does still provide an option. If you are wondering how running into a post can be an issue, you should look at this from the point of view of someone that has kids in their class. Kids are prone to zooming around without paying much attention to their surroundings, and it’s not unusual for them to run right into any available surface after a small distraction. Even adults sometimes miss their intended target and wind up whacking into posts, so don’t forget to pad those poles – especially if your gym has a lot of support posts.

There’s a specific way to wrap your hands when you’re punching things to help prevent injury, and personal padding is always beneficial, especially for wrestlers. Knee pads and elbow pads help ease pressure and reduce the impact that can come from elbowing an especially bony opponent during respective wrestling or MMA sessions 

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The final word

So don’t skimp on the pads! Gym wall padding, floor padding, post padding, and general injury prevention are really important to keeping everybody in your gym happy and healthy. When everyone’s happy and healthy, you benefit, too – and everybody gets to spend more time at play and less time worrying.

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Erica Wiebe Part 4 Road to RIO ---Now-Going to RIO

Erica Wiebe Part 4 Road to RIO ---Now-Going to RIO

With the permission of Erica Wiebe 

Takedown Distribution presents: 

Part 4 of the Road to Rio 

"Officially Qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games !"






Canada Qualifies All Six Olympic Weight Classes  

Myself and my five teammates took care of business on Friday, March 4th and we qualified a full women's team to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games !

After four dominating performances on the day, I am proud to say I have earned the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games. 
It is so exciting and I'm looking forward to getting back to the mats and preparing for what is to come!
Tomorrow, the team heads to New Orleans for a couple days of strategic planning meetings and then it's back to Calgary to begin Olympic Prep!

Champion of the Pan-American Olympic Qualifier

Frisco Texas

Erica Wiebe Part 3 Road to Rio

Erica Wiebe Part 3 Road to Rio

With permission and courtesy of Erica Wiebe.

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Erica Wiebe Part 2 Road To Rio

Erica Wiebe Part 2 Road To Rio

Welcome Back to Part Two as we follow along the Road to Rio 2016 with Canada`s Erica Wiebe the Representative for the 69kg weight class for Team Canada. 

It's Officially 2016. Olympic Year

Back in Calgary and Ready to Get Back into Things!


The coaching staff wasted no time getting right back into things by bringing the six Olympic Trials winners together for a little Post-Holidays Testing Camp in Calgary, AB. The goal was to get some baseline information and run us through a gamut of physiological tests with the Canadian Sport Institute. We took part in blood tests, physicals, functional movement assessments, a Winggate test, an Anaerobic Lactate Threshold Test, a Yo-Yo to measure Vo2Max, nutrition analysis, a DEXA Scan, and basic strength assessments. Oh and we wrestled every night too! Whew... It was a very intense welcome back week! 

Turns out, even after a 5-week hiatus from training after Olympic Trials, I am still in the best shape of my life and am looking forward to continuing to make some big gains in the months ahead. 

It wasn't all business with the team as we spent a lot of time hanging out together, cooking, eating (of course), instagramming, and even successfully escaped from one of those interactive Locked Room games! 

I'm looking forward to the week ahead as the 69kg Canadian Representative, Dorothy Yeats will be staying to train with me as we gear up for our next event which is the Olympic Test Event in Rio de Janeiro. It will be at the Olympic Venue and we will be staying in a new hotel nearby. In my next update, I can share with you how Rio has transformed since I was there in December 2014



Erica Wiebe - News - Road To Rio 2016

Erica Wiebe - News - Road To Rio 2016

Join Takedown and follow Erica Wiebe on her route to RIO2016 where she will compete for Canada's Wrestling Team .

We will be posting updates leading up to Erica's big day of competition at the Olympic Games.

Erica "In December I won the Canadian Olympic Team Trials and have earned the opportunity to qualify my spot to represent Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in August in Rio de Janeiro Brazil"