WINNIPEG – Desiree Scott has returned home from the Rio Olympics after helping the Canadian women’s soccer team capture a bronze medal – their second in as many games.
The 29 year old midfielder was greeted at James Richardson International Airport by family, friends, fans and curious onlookers Tuesday morning.
“Winnipeg has always been such huge supporters of my career and the Canadian women’s national team, which has been awesome,” Scott told reporters after embracing her family near the baggage pickup.
“I wish it was a different colour, but very, very proud of this bronze.”
The former University of Manitoba superstar says she will put this medal next to the one she won at the London Games in 2012.
As for the health and safety concerns surrounding Rio ahead of the Olympic Games, Scott says she had concerns, but those were quelled when she arrived in Brazil.
“I think I saw three mosquitoes the entire three weeks I was there,” Scott said.
“It was a bit of a worry going in, but it was safe when we got there. Nothing ever to worry about, the Canadian Olympic house had us all prepared for any danger that may have come up.”
As she was talking to reporters and taking pictures with fans, Desiree’s mother, Charlene Gusberti, watched on and waited despite not seeing her daughter for almost three months.
“I am a very proud mom, you got that right,” Gusberti said adding it was heartwrenching to see the team lose their semi-final game against Germany.
“To see your daughter out there crying, the other girls. It’s hard.”
Gusberti said her daughter has worked so hard to get to this point.
“She gave up a lot,” Gusberti said.
“Desiree gave up a lot of partying, there was a lot of times she wanted to quit and I wouldn’t let her. I knew what she really wanted was to be this soccer star.”
As for the 2020 Tokyo Games, Scott has not thought that far ahead.
“I’m just thinking about these next seven days here in Winnipeg.”
She will only be in town for about a week before heading off to Kansas City to join her team in the National Women’s Soccer League.