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How Good You Were: I Hope You Like the Medal!

by Abby Zimet

Kudos to Elijah Porter, 10, of Newfoundland. After watching Canada's Olympic relay team win bronze and then heartbreaking be disqualified for stepping outside the lane, Elijah wanted to make the four runners - Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, Oluseyi Smith - and himself feel better. He sent them a letter, and enclosed the prized Timbit soccer medal he won at a Tim Horton's donut shop. Maybe the kids will save us from ourselves.

Dear Justyn, Gavin, Jarred [sic], and Oluseyi, I'm Elijah Porter. I'm ten and I live in Newfoundland, Canada. When I heard what happened on Aug. 11, I knew it was wrong. The rules were not right. But, at last, I realized how good you were. We're Canadians. We persevere. We create better lives for each other. The cold didn't stop us from living in the north. We didn't lose the War of 1812. We adapt and survive. We have earned our freedom. Someday, if I become a biologist, if I get rich, and, if I remember, I will donate money to the summer and winter Canadian Olympians. I hope you like the medal! Elijah Porter

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