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ATHLETES ADJUSTING TO NEW O CANADA LYRICS
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Page B17

Canada's Olympic athletes are still getting used to their national anthem's new lyrics.

Moments after winning the country's first gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games with a dominating performance in the team figure skating event Monday, Patrick Chan searched the new gender-neutral version to O Canada on his phone.

"I looked it up, I Googled it really quick to make sure that I knew when it was coming," he said with a grin. "It's quite a change when you grow up singing it a certain way.

"It's in with the new, right?" Bill C-210 passed by the Canadian Senate last month changed the national anthem's official lyrics from "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command."

The Canadian Olympic Committee informed athletes about the switch ahead of the Games in South Korea.

While the skaters were all in on trying to sing the new version, it didn't quite come off as planned.

"We reminded each other before we went up there, 'Okay these are the new words,' " Eric Radford said. "Then we were singing and we got near the end and I was like, 'Wait where did that lyric go?' I don't even remember what I sang."

"When the anthem came I still sang the wrong lyric," Meagan Duhamel added. "I laughed to myself and thought, 'Oh we just went over trying to remember it.' "It's an old habit, I guess."

Scott Moir, who carried the Canadian flag with ice dance partner Tessa Virtue at the opening ceremony, said it was important to set the tone by belting out the new lyrics after their victory.

"We're so proud of Canada for making that change," he said.


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