​One year later, Alysha Newman still gets goosebumps talking about her Olympic debut.

Despite her victory in the women’s pole vault at the Canadian Olympic trials a month earlier with a jump of 4.40 metres, a 22-year-old Newman was extremely tense upon her arrival in Rio de Janeiro, marking the beginning of her emotional experience.

The night before her event, the London, Ont., native was filled with anxiety, unsure if she should leave her smartphone on airplane mode and concerned if she did, whether the alarm set for 5 a.m. would go off.

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