Quebec distinguished itself in 2021 in the world of sport. There was obviously the holding of the Tokyo Olympics, a year later than expected due to a postponement caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Several personalities from here have also distinguished themselves at the World Championships in their discipline or in various professional sports. On Sunday, the QMI Agency put women in the spotlight. Now the men.
World Series winner
General manager of the Atlanta Braves, Montrealer Alex Anthopoulos led his team to the conquest of the World Series. Anthopoulos has been bold with several major acquisitions ahead of the major baseball deal deadline. This is a first title since 1995 for the Braves and a first career triumph for Anthopoulos.
Another product from here to the Super Bowl!
Football player Antony Auclair was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they won the most recent Super Bowl. If he did not play in the final meeting, Auclair did not become the second Quebecer in as many years to win the Vince-Lombardi trophy, succeeding Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.
The Lightning and its Quebecers
For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup, headed by general manager Julien BriseBois. On the ice, Quebecers Yanni Gourde, Mathieu Joseph, Alex Killorn and David Savard helped defeat the Montreal Canadiens in the final.
Quick on his skates
Speed skater Laurent Dubreuil won a world title for the first time in his career, in February. He won the 500-meter long track world championship event at the Heerenveen ring, the Netherlands.
A combative cyclist
Cyclist Hugo Houle did very well in the Tour de France. His main role being to help his Astana team, he was also named the most combative cyclist on the occasion of the 10th stage of the Grande Boucle.
King of moguls
Recovering from a double fractured vertebrae, freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury won both titles, in singles and in parallel, at the World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. It needs to be done!
In the Hall of Fame
Hailing from Lachute, the former Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers defenseman has won the Stanley Cup six times. Thus, he certainly did not steal his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November in Toronto.
The Colombian-born boxer Oscar Rivas became, in October, the first world champion in super-heavy-light, a new category created by the World Boxing Council (WBC). Win by unanimous decision of the judges over Nova Scotian Ryan Rozicki.
Among the immortals
Mixed martial arts fighter Georges St-Pierre made his entry into the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Hall of Fame in September. A great honor for the native of Saint-Isidore, a true ambassador for his sport.