Who: Sam Cornett
What: Women’s squash
Result: Cornett beat Guam’s Pamela Anckermann 3-0 to advance to Sunday’s quarter-final.
Why it matters: Cornett, Canada’s top female squash player, is trying to add a gold medal to the silver she won in 2011 in Guadalajara.
But it’s almost secondary to a bigger goal for her and the rest of the competitors.
Squash is on the short list to be added to the 2020 Summer Olympics and putting on a good event here is important, especially when important spectators come by.
“I just had a cool experience there with the IOC president (Thomas Bach) coming in, which is really special for us cause we’re trying to get into the Olympics,” said Cornett, a 24-year-old from Ottawa. “So, very cool to meet him. And I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing him again. Maybe he’ll come back for the final.”