ERICA WIEBE VISITS THE 1310 NEWSROOM

IT IS ONE THING TO WATCH A GOLD MEDAL PERFORMANCE ON TELEVISION, AND QUITE ANOTHER TO MEET THE SUCCESSFUL ATHLETE, AND ONE OF CANADA'S NEWEST HEROES IN PERSON.   OTTAWA HAS  BEEN ABUZZ SINCE STITTSVILLE'S ERICA WIEBE ARRIVED BACK FROM THE RIO OLYMPICS TUESDAY MORNING.  

WEDNESDAY, ERICA MADE THE ROUNDS DOING THE OBLIGATORY MEDIA INTERVIEWS, AND SHOWING OFF HER OLYMPIC BLING.   SHE IS BECOMING AN "OLD PRO" ANSWERING THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER AND OVER,  BUT FOR THOSE ANXIOUS TO MEET HER THERE IS NOTHING BORING OR ROUTINE ABOUT IT.    WEDNESDAY SHE CAME IN TO 1310 NEWS TO TALK TO MARK SUTCLIFFE ON HIS MORNING SHOW.   I THINK THE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST IN WRESTLING WAS SURPRISED WHEN NEWSROOM STAFF AND OTHER EMPLOYEES CLAPPED AND CHEERED WHEN SHE ARRIVED.   THE EXCITEMENT DID NOT ABATE  EVEN AFTER SHE FINISHED HER INTERVIEW.    WHILE SHE WAS ON A TIGHT SCHEDULE,  SHE WAS GRACIOUS WITH EVERYONE, POSING FOR PICTURES AND EVEN ANSWERED MORE QUESTIONS WHEN I PULLED OUT MY PHONE/CAMERA. 

ON MY SHOW I CALLED ERICA WIEBE "CUTE AS A BUTTON."   I MEANT THAT IN ALL RESPECT. 

TO ME IT MEANS SOMEONE WHO IS FRESH AND STRONG AND CONFIDENT.  SHE STRIKES ME AS THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, TRULY CANADIAN, HUMBLE AND TRUE, AND  A GREAT ROLE MODEL.  WE WERE ALL THRILLED TO MEET HER.  I HAVE A FEELING WE WILL BE SEEING ERICA WIEBE AGAIN.  SHE TRULLY ENJOYS BEING A CANADIAN OLYMPIAN.  RIGHTLY SO.