Calgarians We Love: Erica Wiebe

When the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were postponed, Olympic gold-winning wrestler Erica Wiebe decided to focus on things she could control and worked to grow as both an athlete and a leader.

Photograph by Dave Holland

Olympic gold-winning wrestler Erica Wiebe qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games back in March, only to find out a few weeks later that the Games were postponed. So, Wiebe, a self-described “dreamer” and “doer,” decided to focus on things she could control and worked to grow as both an athlete and a leader. She picked up road cycling; continued volunteering as a board member of Canadian Sport Institute Calgary; created, developed and served as a counsellor for an online youth wrestling camp; and even embarked on the executive MBA program offered in partnership by Queens University and Cornell University. “I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up,” Wiebe says, with a laugh. “I’m really fascinated by the leadership space and I’m looking to learn and develop, to improve the lives of people in the community and around the world.”

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This article appears in the January 2021 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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