Sandra helped us understand that life is precious and we should appreciate every day because it can be taken away in an instant. While she only lived to the age of 36, she understood that we must place value on more than just winning and losing. We must prioritize the very simple things that are near and dear to us all, in particular our family.
Sandra came from a small town in Saskatchewan, called Biggar. As she escalated to greatness, highlighted by skipping her team to the first-ever gold medal in the Olympics, Sandra maintained her focus, never forgetting who she was and from where she had come. She considered her greatest accomplishment was giving birth to two beautiful, healthy baby girls.
When we think of Sandra Schmirler, we recall that joyous moment she celebrated athletic magnificence in Nagano, Japan on that historic day in 1998. But, we also recall the many deeds and words that truly made this woman a true Canadian hero.