Countdown to London



Countdown to London tells the story of a Canadian athlete's quest to achieve her dream.

For nearly three years now, Astral has proudly been supporting and sponsoring Martine Dugrenier, a world champion olympic wrestler from Québec that has officially qualified to  represent Canada in the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

Martine is already a highly celebrated and accomplished athlete. She is a three-time world champion (2008, 2009 and 2010), and finished in the fifth position at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. She is an eight-time Canadian champion and was selected a few months ago as Québec’s Athlete of the Year (2011). In addition to her impressive track record as an athlete, Martine teaches physical education and is completing a Masters degree at the University of Montréal.

As part of Astral’s sponsorship and support of Martine, we have interviewed the athlete and broken down the conversation  into a series of minute long audio clips.  The clips cover a broad range of topics as Martine prepares for the ultimate world championship. Why did she choose wrestling? How does she manage to balance work and Olympic training? How does she prepare physically and mentally for a competition? This is truly a unique opportunity to learn about the competitive world of wrestling and the ups and downs of Olympic training.

Martine is a true model of determination and a brilliant athlete with an endearing personality.

CLICK HERE for Martine's Bio

Audio Clips

May 1, 2012
Clip #1 – Introduction


May 7, 2012
Clip #2 – Childhood


May 11, 2012
Clip #3 – Gymnastics


May 16, 2012
Clip #4 – From a Gymnast to a Wrestler


May 21, 2012
Clip #5 – Wrestling 101


May 28, 2012
Clip #6 – Attaining world elite status


May 31, 2012
Clip #7 – Focus


June 5, 2012

Clip #8 – Aggressiveness: Life vs. Wrestling


June 10, 2012
Clip #9 – Beijing


June 15, 2012
Clip #10 – Fifth in Beijing


June 20, 2012
Clip #11 – Controversy

June 22, 2012
Clip #12 – Drugs and steroids use in athletes


June 30, 2012
Clip #13 – Between China and England


July 5, 2012
Clip #14 – Athlete of the year


July 10, 2012
Clip #15 – July 27th in London


July 15, 2012
Clip #16 – Opponents


July 20, 2012
Clip #17 – To wrestle with the Canadian girl


July 25, 2012

Clip #18 – Never Alone


July 30, 2012
Clip #19 – After London


August 4, 2012
Clip #20 – Being Martine on August 8th

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