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WILMINGTON, N.C. – A man convicted of committing murder when he was 15 said Monday that he could only imagine the pain the victim’s family experienced, but he was unequivocal in stating his innocence:

“I swear on my life I didn’t do it.”

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Johnny Small’s comments came at a hearing Monday that could lead to his release. A Superior Court judge will consider whether Small should have been convicted now that a childhood buddy, David Bollinger, recanted testimony accusing Small of killing Pam Dreher in 1988. An autopsy report indicated Dreher was shot in the head at point-blank range while she was lying on the floor of her tropical fish store.

Judge W. Douglas Parsons is hearing the matter without a jury. The judge could toss the conviction, order a new trial or uphold the conviction.

About 150 people falsely convicted of crimes – a record number – were exonerated in 2015, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. The registry is a project of the University of Michigan Law School and has documented more than 1,850 such cases in the U.S.

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Bollinger, 47, and Small, now 43, faced each other Monday for the first time since they were teenagers on opposite sides of a murder trial. Bollinger has said he testified only because prosecutors promised charges he faced would be dropped in exchange and threatened the death penalty if he didn’t co-operate. Bollinger said he repeated a story pinning the crime on Small that was fed to him by a homicide investigator on the Dreher case.

“I’m sorry. I was forced to do something I didn’t want to do and I can’t take it back,” Bollinger told Small, a broad-shouldered man with freshly shaved head. Small’s face scrunched and reddened as he choked back tears, then raised his handcuffed wrists so he could dab his eyes with a tissue.

Bollinger said he understands North Carolina could prosecute him for lying under oath during the 1989 murder trial. But he got Small to sign a waiver that he wouldn’t sue Bollinger. Bollinger said he didn’t want to lose the small business and home he’s built for his wife and children over the years.

“What do you get out of this?” Small’s attorney Chris Mumma asked.

“I get nothing,” Bollinger said.

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Bollinger said he was driving to an automobile auction in South Carolina with his boss about the time Dreher was killed and didn’t drive Small to the scene, as he testified in 1989. He said he lied then because he was afraid that since he was an adult he could get the death penalty, and a Wilmington police detective told him Small could get out of prison after turning 18. Bollinger said he confided to his grandfather, a former police officer and FBI agent, about the lie police told him to tell.

“He told me to go along with the story. He knew I would get into trouble, and he didn’t like Johnny,” Bollinger said. Bollinger said his grandfather sat in on some of his interviews with Wilmington police, and Bollinger went to live with his grandfather after he was released from jail.

Charges against Bollinger were dropped after Small’s appeals through state courts failed.

Small’s attorneys say without Bollinger’s testimony, prosecutors never could have convicted Small of a crime that would have required planning by a more mature mind than the drug-taking, car stealing, juvenile delinquent Small admitted to being at age 15. No gun, fingerprints or blood-spattered clothing were found tying Small to the crime.

State attorneys said Small deserves neither a new trial or to be freed from prison. They spent hours trying to undermine the credibility of Small, Bollinger and others who testified Monday.

READ MORE: New DNA evidence frees man convicted of murder after 34 years in prison

A man exonerated by DNA evidence after 18 years in prison, Dwayne Allen Dail, also testified Monday that he was freed with the help of the North Carolina Actual Innocence Commission, which Mumma heads as executive director. Bollinger was introduced to Dail at a party both attended in 2012, learned about his exoneration and then contacted the commission about his now-recanted testimony.

“I knew right then I’d found a way to at least come forward to someone,” Bollinger said. He said he approached the commission shortly thereafter.

State lawyer Jess Mekeel said the judge shouldn’t now believe that the story Bollinger first told as a teenager – and which he stuck with for years through grillings on witness stands – is fiction.

At a time when podcasts and TV programs tell the stories of people wronged by a flawed justice system, “innocence is in vogue now, and this case is quite a story,” Mekeel told the judge. “I think you’ve also heard the phrase, never let the facts get in the way of a good story. This is a good story. The facts will get in the way.”

MOOSE, Wyo. — A parasitic amoeba that causes deadly brain infections has turned up in a warm spring in Grand Teton National Park, prompting a warning Monday for anybody intent on soaking in the popular pool: If you absolutely must take a dip, try not to get water up your nose.

The single-celled, microscopic Naegleria fowleri amoeba typically occurs in the Southern U.S., not the Rocky Mountain West. Nobody on record has fallen ill from the parasite in Wyoming.

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Cases of the so-called “brain-eating” amoeba are rare — just a handful in the U.S. every year — but get attention. The amoeba killed an 11-year-old girl in South Carolina on Friday.

READ MORE: Brain-eating amoeba kills 11-year-old girl after swimming in river

Tests recently confirmed the amoeba in Grand Teton’s Kelly Warm Spring, a popular spot for locals to take the edge off a mountain-country chill.

“The biggest risk with that is it travels through your nose. We definitely encourage people not to put your head in the water, jump in — anything that would help the amoeba travel to your brain,” Grand Teton spokeswoman Denise Germann said.

Better yet, say park officials, don’t go in at all. The warm spring also had elevated levels of E. coli bacteria, which can cause gastrointestinal illness.

The amoeba and high E. coli also have turned up in two hot springs in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. Soaking in Huckleberry Hot Springs and Polecat Springs in the parkway is prohibited but people sometimes sneak in anyway, said Germann.

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Rather than close Kelly Warm Spring to soakers, park officials have decided to keep it in the same do-it-at-your-own-risk category as climbing the Teton Range or floating the Snake River. They’ve updated warning signs to include the amoeba.

“This is a serious situation and people need to have awareness,” Germann said. “We highly encourage that that is not the best place to be swimming, and wading and using the water.”

Not just amoebas thrive in the spring’s year-round temperatures between 85 and 150 degrees. Park officials plan to eliminate several species of illegally dumped aquarium fish that live there.

A Saskatchewan man who walked across Canada to raise awareness about domestic abuse was greeted by a tiny cheering section as he arrived at the Terry Fox statue at Mile 0 in Victoria after a four-month odyssey.

A beaming Conrad Burns said he endured blizzards, winds and long stints without food during a journey where he was able to speak with Canadians about ending domestic abuse.

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    The 38-year-old Cree man from Prince Albert said the walk from Ottawa to Thunder Bay was the loneliest and most trying portion of his 7,400-trek across Canada.

    Burns said he did not walk the entire distance himself, estimating he personally walked 3,500 kilometres, but he counted the kilometres of friends who joined him for portions of the journey as part of his total.

    Burns said he set out to raise money to build safety homes for abuse survivors, but was not able to accomplish the goal and the money he did raise went to defray the costs of his walk.

    He said the walk and the support he received cost about the same — $10,000.

    Burns said he was honoured to end his walk at the Terry Fox statue.

    “It’s great to stand at the footsteps of an icon,” he said.

    WATCH: Saskatchewan man walking across Canada to raise awareness of domestic violence

    He said he was not disappointed that only three people, his mother and two friends, were on hand to witness his achievement.

    “A lot of people aren’t here today, but I do have a lot of friends and supporters that have come with me along the way,” Burns said.

    “I put a picture on Facebook Sunday and we have 250 likes. I have people congratulating me from all over Canada. Unfortunately, just because they aren’t here physically doesn’t mean they aren’t here spiritually.”

    Burns said he plans to run for mayor of Prince Albert this fall.

The Flavours of Monkland Festival in NDG will go ahead with the proposed changes after borough council voted in favour of holding the event on Friday, Aug. 19 to Sunday, Aug. 21.

It was originally supposed to be held starting from Thursday, Aug. 18.

READ MORE: Flavours of Monkland Festival undergoing changes after residents, merchants complain

The upcoming festival caused tension among residents in the area.

Some merchants complained that the celebration drives business away.

Opponents of the festival started a petition and gathered 350 signatures.

READ MORE: Iconic Motel Raphaël in NDG to be torn down

As a result, borough officials announced changes to the festival during a council meeting on Aug. 3.

Some of the changes include:

Lowering bass levels by 50 per cent to decrease noise.Limiting noisy food truck generators to three.Reducing the number of days and hours the festival runs from four to three days and from 48 to 37.5 hours.No more live shows after 11:30 p.m.Increased police presence.Hiring a special cleaning crew assisted by local workers.Shortening the size of the festival. Instead of starting at Girouard Avenue and ending on Hampton Avenue, it will end at Draper Avenue.

City Councillor for NDG Peter McQueen said during the council meeting that better negotiation practices are needed for the festival to continue.

READ MORE: Baseball in NDG gaining in popularity

Marvin Rotrand, city councillor for Snowdon, added that if the Monkland festival were to be cancelled, it ought to be relocated on Queen Mary.

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Disc sports are about to receive a lot more attention in Saskatoon. It was announced Monday that the city will host the 2017 Canadian Ultimate Championship Mixed tournament.

The event is set to take place Aug. 24 to 28, 2017, bringing many of the country’s top ultimate teams to town for five days of exciting action.

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    Also known as ultimate Frisbee, the sport is a far cry from the leisurely pastime commonly seen at the beach or a family barbecue. Played on a field measuring 110 yards long and 40 yards wide, it requires a combination of speed, agility, endurance and teamwork.

    “It’s quite a competitive … it takes a lot of athleticism to play this sport,” said Nola Stein, tournament organizing committee chair.

    “It’s really exciting to have the ability to showcase this to all the younger people that are coming up who heard about ultimate. Maybe they play with their friends here and there in a park but now they go, ‘wow, this is actually, I can play this, this is a real sport.’”

    More than 500 athletes are expected to compete in next year’s championship including Saskatoon’s own Bunny Thugs, who placed third at nationals in 2015 and are the top-ranked team in Canada heading into this year’s tournament.

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    Games will be played at Forest Park and SaskTel Sports Centre, with the championship game taking place at SMF Field.

    “Definitely you’re going to help grow the quantity in terms of the number of people playing in our recreational leagues and on our competitive teams, but also the quality as well,” said Aaron Chubb, executive director of the Saskatoon Ultimate Disc-Sport Society.

    “When you see that quality of an event and that quality of teams around, that spreads and everybody learns from it.”

    The tournament will mark the first time Saskatoon hosts a national ultimate championship.

Global News has learned Calgary police were called to Peter Lougheed Hospital (PLH) after a suicide in a parkade on July 25.

It is believed the person who died was being treated through the addictions and mental health unit at the time.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) will not confirm any details in reference to the victim or the incident but have confirmed that an incident did occur.

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Julie Kerr with AHS told Global News there are procedures when patients come into that unit, and some of the procedures were put in place following an inquiry after a patient committed suicide in 2006.

Kerr said when patients are admitted who are seen as at risk of hurting themselves, they are individually assessed and managed according to the security measures in each unit. Each patient is also frequently reassessed.

When asked about how much freedom a patient who is being treated through the addictions and mental health unit might be given, Kerr said sometimes part of their treatment is to test people’s ability to manage time off unit.

“We have to remember that these folks are patients right? They’re not prisoners.”

“The goal is always to have people living as freely as possible with the least possible restriction in the community, as is safe and possible,” Kerr said.

There are currently 68 in-patient acute psychiatry beds and 18 short-stay beds at the PLH. Kerr said the size of that unit has not kept pace with the demand for services.

“We’re always feeling pressure within our addiction and mental health in-patient units. We know that the capacity hasn’t grown as the population has grown and the demand,” Kerr said.

He said the stigma has improved around addiction and mental health, meaning more people are apt to ask for help, which is good thing.

Team Canada is looking to keep the medal momentum going on the fourth full day of competition at the Rio Olympics.

Here are some events to watch on Day 4 of Rio 2016.

DIVING: Canada’s Meaghan Benfeito and Roseline Filion aim for the podium in women’s synchronized 10m platform final Tuesday afternoon.

GYMNASTICS: After a rough outing in team all-around competition on Day 2 of the Games, Ellie Black and Isabela Onyshko look to rebound in the individual all-around finals (3 p.m. ET).

JUDO: Canada’s Antoine Valois-Fortier takes on Loic Pietri of France in early men’s 81kg judo Tuesday morning. Elimination rounds start at 10 a.m. ET.

Canada’s Jamie Lynn Broder dives for the ball during the Women’s Beach Volleyball preliminary round Pool D match against Marta Menegatti and Laura Giombini of Italy on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 7, 2016 in Brazil.

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BEACH VOLLEYBALL: Both men’s and women’s preliminary beach volleyball action with the men facing off against Brazil in the morning and the women taking on Germany in the evening.

Caeleb Dressell of the United States, Andrey Grechin of Russia, James Roberts of Australia, Santo Condorelli of Canada and Glenn Surgeloose of Belgium compete in the Final of the Men’s 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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SWIMMING: Santo Condorelli and Yuri Kisil will compete in the men’s 100m freestyle heats while Audrey Lacroix swims in the women’s 200m butterfly heats.

TENNIS: Both men’s and women’s doubles competition continue as Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil take on Fabio Fognini and Andreas Seppi of Italy while Eugenie Bouchard and Gaby Dabrowski take on Lucie Safarova Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic.

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While some American conservatives have had trouble embracing Republican nominee Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, a new option emerged Monday in the form of Evan McMullin.

McMullin, a former CIA operative, announced that he will run as a third-party candidate in the U.S. Presidential Election.

He declared his candidacy Monday issuing a release which stated: “In a year where Americans have lost faith in the candidates of both major parties, it’s time for a generation of new leadership to step up.

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“It’s never too late to do the right thing, and America deserves much better than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton can offer us. I humbly offer myself as a leader who can give millions of disaffected Americans a better choice for President.”

There have been suggestions that McMullin’s candidacy is being supported by the NeverTrump movement in an attempt to derail the businessman’s campaign.

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McMullin, who holds a degree in International Law and Diplomacy from BYU and a MBA from the Wharton business school, is clearly looking to offer a conservative alternative to the divisive Trump.

After spending a decade working for the CIA, including a stint in the Middle East, McMullin took a job with Goldman Sachs where he remained for two years before taking a job with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

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Pair his professional job with the fact he is a Mormon and McMullin would appear to check a lot of boxes for the ultra-conservative wing of the Republican party which has failed to embrace Trump.

McMullin started the day with 150 followers on 桑拿会所, a number which has quickly exploded to almost 27,000.

Of course, there are several issues preventing him from making a serious run at the presidency.

He has already missed deadlines in half of the US states and would also need to raise an incredible amount of money in order to launch a serious bid.

While those are both serious crutches, his most serious issue might be the fact he is battling celebrities in Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton while many Americans might be left wondering, who is Evan McMullin?

A research team from the University of Victoria has found the oldest evidence of protein residue on stone tools, including the remains of butchered animals.

Archeologist April Nowell says the discovery reveals surprisingly sophisticated adaptations by early humans.

“We looked at these stone tools under a microscope, looked for the ones that had evidence of the most polish and other kinds of tell-tale signs of use.  Then, we sent a very small sample off to have them tested for protein residue.”

Of the 10,000 tools excavated, 44 were selected for testing.  In that first sample, there was a positive result for horse.  A second round revealed everything from duck, to rhinoceros and wild cattle.

PhD student Jeremy Bellar says, “It basically indicates that despite the harsh climate and the water scarcity of that time, about 250,000 years ago – hominins were still able to acquire large mammals.”

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The carnivorous behaviour is nothing new, but now, this discovery provides direct evidence our stone age ancestors were adaptable and capable of taking advantage of a wide range of prey for sustenance.

Bellar says, “We’re constantly finding that behaviour of hominins is much more in depth and much more complex than we’d originally assume.”

“What kinds of technology did they have to have? What kinds of cognitive abilities, social abilities to be able to coordinate all of these resources” adds Nowell.  “Everything together really gave us a much richer picture of the abilities of these early hominins.”

Now, the hope is others will use this technique on sites that are as old – or even older – to build on these kinds of behaviors.  Connecting the dots with every new discovery.

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-4) will be without offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick for Friday’s game against the Toronto Argonauts (4-2).

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Hardrick was banged up twice in the Bombers 37-11 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-3) last Wednesday. He was eventually forced out of the game with an upper-body injury that will keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks.

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    Hardrick joins fellow offensive linemen Patrick Neufeld and Jeff Keeping in the infirmary. Neufeld is expected to be out four more weeks with an ankle injury. Keeping has yet to play a game this year after hurting his knee during the pre-season.

    Manase Foketi is expected to make his CFL debut this week in Hardrick’s place.

    “We’re very fortunate with the depth we’ve had on the offensive line,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

    “We’ve managed to make some changes out of necessity and not miss a beat. We expect the same thing with Manase.”

    HEADING WEST: It appears former Bomber Adrian Hubbard has signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-5). The linebacker tweeted a picture on Monday of Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field along with the word ‘surprise’. Hubbard was released by the Bombers on August 1.

In light of former deputy premier Don McMorris’ impaired driving charge, the issue of drunk driving culture in Saskatchewan has resurfaced.

The province’s impaired driving record is one of the worst in Canada. According to Statistics Canada, in 2011, only the Northwest Territories and Yukon had higher impaired driving rates than Saskatchewan.

Numbers from SGI in 2014 show 59 people were killed in the province from alcohol-related crashes.

Statistics from SGI show 59 people were killed in alcohol-related collisions in 2014.

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But McMorris isn’t the first provincial public figure to get an impaired driving charge.

University of Regina political science professor Tom McIntosh said it’s not uncommon to see impaired driving records in Saskatchewan politics.

“We had a couple revelations during the election, on both side of the house, that they had candidates running who had past drinking and driving charges,” McIntosh said.

Two Saskatchewan NDP candidates, Dwayne Lasas of Meadow Lake and Lyle Whitefish for Saskatchewan Rivers revealed they had previous impaired driving convictions. They were both not elected.

Three Sask. Party MLA have a history of impaired driving.

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    For the Sask Party, Terry Dennis had two DUIs, one in 1979 and another in 2001.

    Scott Moe, minister for advanced education also had an impaired driving conviction 24 years ago.

    Eric Olauson of Saskatoon had two convictions of drunk driving. One in 1992, and another the following year.

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    However, what is new is this is the first time a sitting MLA was caught.

    “There’s a certain irony in the fact that we were talking about this and McMorris was talking about the need for stiffer penalties,” McIntosh said.

    The former deputy premier was also minister responsible for Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Association (SLGA), and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI).

    McIntosh said given the time, politicians can come back from scandals such as this, but it could be difficult.

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The Huckleberry wildfire was one of the big fires of 2015. It broke out in early July along highway 33 near the Eight Mile hairpin in Joe Rich.

In the end, no homes were lost and the finger pointing began on the cause.

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“A lot of people have been speculating that it must have been a cigarette. We have to keep an open mind about that. There are other potential causes along the roadside. Even a vehicle in disrepair can blow out a piece of hot carbon out of the exhaust,” said Fire Information officer, Dale Bojahra shortly after the fire was extinguished.

And that’s the conclusion of an extensive investigation by the Ministry of Forests obtained through an access to information request by Global Okanagan.

Its report rules out a cigarette as the possible cause, saying:

“The relative humidity at the time of ignition was above the threshold for cigarette ignitions. Therefore, a discarded cigarette could not have caused wildfire K50261,” the government report said.

The investigation then turned to the possibility the fire was sparked by the exhaust of a vehicle, specifically hot carbon fragments coming from the high tail pipe of a transport truck:

“The location of the ignition area would require a higher trajectory point and suggests that exhaust carbon from a passing transport truck is the most probable cause of wildfire K50261,” the report said.

Charlie Potter almost lost his home in the fire. He’s somewhat relieved to find out the cause wasn’t a cigarette, but at the same time a little uncomfortable learning that it might have been a transport truck because hundreds pass by his place every day.

“At the same time a little scary that something like that could start a fire,” said Potter.

But not everyone is convinced it was a transport truck. Mike Wakelin works for a local trucking company called Inland Kenworth in West Kelowna. He has his doubts.

“I would like to see more of the scientific side on how they came up with that —; to try and convince me because I don’t think I could be convinced that easily,” said Wakelin.

The B.C. Trucking Association also has its doubts on the findings of the report. It has contacted two engine manufacturers and said they dismissed the conclusion that a transport truck likely caused the fire. The association says it plans on following up with the authors of the report to find out more.

Canadians should get used to hearing the name Penny Oleksiak.

In her Olympic debut on August 6, the 16-year-old from Toronto anchored the women’s freestyle team to a bronze medal. A mere 24 hours later, in the 100-metre butterfly, she powered her way to a new Canadian record and a silver medal.

WATCH: What makes Rio medallist Penny Oleksiak so good?

Before last weekend, Canada had not won a medal in women’s swimming in 20 years. Now this teenager from Toronto has two.

So what’s it like to reach your Olympic dream, before reaching Grade 11?

“I look at the medals a lot, and I feel like they’re not real,” Oleksiak said with a laugh.

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She didn’t even expect to make Canada’s team. Her dream was to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. She never imagined those dreams would come true so soon.

“It’s just kind of a weird, unreal experience I guess,” she said.

And, like a typical teenager, she seems particularly preoccupied with the response on her various social media platforms.

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“My phone is just blowing up with a bunch of Facebook messages, 桑拿会所, Snapchat, everything. It’s a little overwhelming. Sometimes the apps will crash and stuff. But it’s pretty fun too.”

If Oleksiak seems unusually poised and calm, her parents are not. Her mother Allison could be seen during the Olympic coverage jumping up and down in the stands. “I look like I’m kicking and swimming in the stands,” Allison joked. “But I’m as calm as I can be.”

And this family is built to handle pressure

Oleksiak’s older sister is an NCAA rower and her brother happens to be a defenceman with the Dallas Stars in the NHL. But, Jamie Oleksiak said these days people refer to him as “Penny’s brother.”

“It’s just been fantastic. I’ve been a super fan this whole time. Like I said, we’re so proud of you her. She’s handled herself so well,” the NHLer said.

“I’ve always looked up to (my brother),” Oleksiak said. “Just because he’s always been such an amazing athlete. Both my brother and my sister have helped me get here, helped me keep my nerves down and everything.”

And Oleksiak will need to keep that composure this week with two more events still to come. The new face of Canadian swimming is just getting started.