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Sorry Claude! I have to tell this story - BEER Atlanta Olympic Games 1996 - Boxing Alumni

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There was alway a strict no drinking rule on our National Boxing team.  Even though we all were drinking age, our team had a strict no drinking rule for the team whether we were still competing in the competition or not.

It was at the Atlanta Olympics, after our competition had ended, Claude Lambert (54kg Champion), Mike Strange (60kg Champion) and myself (48kg Champion) decided to go out for a nice meal and a few beers.  We picked a location far away from the Olympic Villiage, as well as descrete enough that none of our coaching staff would find us.  It was a great night celebrating our Olympic experiences and having a great night of laughs.  We snuck back into the Olympic Villiage, and into our rooms undetected by the coaching staff.  We got away with it!  We thought .........

     After every trip with the Canadian National boxing, we would submit expense claims for any expenses that we incurred and CABA (Canadian Amateur Boxing Association) would reimburse us.  Matt Mizerski, the high performance director for our team took care of looking over all the reciepts that were submitted.  Matt called me a couple weeks after the trip, as I was the Athletes Rep at the time to tell me that Claude was drinking on the trip.  I denied knowing anything of the situation, and asked him how he came up with that accusation, as there were no incidents at all on this trip.  He THEN went on to tell me... "YOU SEE Dom,  he put the reciept for the jugs of beer On his expense Claim, and he said he was with you and Mike"  I BURST Out Laughing ! and so did Matt.  Still laughing hysterically, I told Matt the waitress at the restaurant must have gave him the wrong bill, and that Claude's speaks French so his broken English must have meant COKE (who were the major sponsor of the Games) instead of BEER!  

Well Matt, (RIP) didn't buy any of that, but the story was so  good  he didn't discipline us in any way, and we had a good laugh about it for years later and still to this day. CHEERS Matt!!

Years later we are all still in touch with each other and here is a quick video the two did for me, when Mike was in Quebec for his second BoxRun Marathon event.
Claude had Mike and his team over for a BBQ, and Claude
knew how much I wanted to be there there with them so they did this video.

Thanks Boys!!!

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Claude's wife Isabelle, was throwing a surprise 50th Birthday part for Claude, and asked some of his boxing buddies to send him a video message to surprise him with the night of the party. Here is the one we did for Claude with a video montage of his amazing boxing career.

Notre équipe nationale de boxe était toujours soumise à une règle d'interdiction de boire. Même si nous étions tous en âge de boire, notre équipe appliquait une règle stricte d'interdiction de boire, que nous soyons toujours en compétition ou non.

C'était aux Jeux olympiques d'Atlanta, après la fin de notre compétition, Claude Lambert (champion du 54 kg), Mike Strange (champion du 60 kg) et moi-même (champion du 48 kg) avons décidé de sortir pour un bon repas et quelques bières. Nous avons choisi un lieu éloigné du village olympique et suffisamment discret pour qu'aucun de nos entraîneurs ne nous trouve. Ce fut une bonne nuit pour célébrer nos expériences olympiques et passer une bonne nuit de rire. Nous sommes rentrés dans le village olympique et dans nos salles sans être détectés par le personnel des entraîneurs. Nous nous en sommes sortis! Nous pensions .........

Après chaque voyage avec le Canadien National, nous soumettrions des demandes de remboursement pour toutes les dépenses engagées et l'ACBA (Association canadienne de boxe amateur) nous rembourserait. Matt Mizerski, le directeur de la haute performance de notre équipe, a examiné tous les récits soumis. Matt m'a appelé quelques semaines après le voyage, car j'étais alors représentant des athlètes pour me dire que Claude buvait pendant le voyage. J'ai nié tout savoir de la situation et lui ai demandé comment il avait formulé cette accusation, car il n'y a eu aucun incident pendant ce voyage. Il a ensuite poursuivi en me disant ... "VOUS VOYEZ Dom, il a mis le reçu pour les pichets de bière sur sa demande de remboursement, et il a dit qu'il était avec vous et Mike" J'éclate dehors en riant! et Matt aussi. Toujours en riant hystériquement, j’ai dit à Matt que la serveuse du restaurant avait dû lui donner la mauvaise note, et que Claude parlait français, son anglais cassé devait donc signifier COKE (le principal sponsor des Jeux) au lieu de BEER!

Eh bien Matt, (RIP) n’a rien acheté de tel, mais l’histoire était si bonne qu’il ne nous a aucunement disciplinés, et nous en avons bien ri pendant des années plus tard et toujours. CHEERS Matt !!

Des années plus tard, nous sommes toujours en contact les uns avec les autres et voici une courte vidéo qu'ils ont faite pour moi, alors que Mike était à Québec pour sa deuxième épreuve Marathon BoxRun. Claude a invité Mike et son équipe à un barbecue et Claude savaient combien je voulais être là avec eux alors ils ont fait cette vidéo.

Merci les garçons !!!

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