Danielle Lappage from Olds has qualified for the Olympics for the second time in her wrestling career.
For the second time, a wrestler from Olds has qualified for the Olympic Summer Games.
Danielle Lappage won 10-0 by technical superiority over Leonela Aleyda Ayovi Parraga of Ecuador in the semi-finals of the Pan-American Olympic Qualifiers in Ottawa on Saturday, March 14th.
By being one of the top-two finishers in the 68 kilogram weight class, Lappage punched her ticket to #Tokyo2020.
The 29 year old would then go on to win the gold medal match - by injury default - over Cuban opponent Yudari Sanchez Rodriguez.
Lappage was motivated to get back to the Olympics again, after an injury suffered before her first match at Rio 2016 cut short her appearance for Team Canada. She says it was a long four years to get back, but it was worth it.
The Pan-Am Qualifier event in Ottawa went ahead, but there were a limited number of spectators allowed. Lappage says her Mom, aunt and her boyfriend were able to be there to watch.
Lappage was one of four heavyweights to earn a spot on Team Canada for the upcoming Olympics. She joins Erica Weibe from Stittsville, Ontario in the 76 kilogram class. Then on the men's side Jordie Steen from Tecumseh, Ontario in the 97 kilogram class and Amerveer Dhesi from Surrey, B.C. in the 125 kilogram class.
Listen to 96.5 CKFM's entire conversation with Danielle Lappage.
(Photo via @WrestlingCanada twitter)