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Edmonton Olympian Jen Kish adds new tattoo to commemorate Rio 2016

Olympic rugby bronze medallist Jen Kish gets a new tattoo to commemorate her Rio 2016 experience. Global News

Team Canada’s Rugby Sevens captain added some more ink Saturday, to mark her bronze medal experience at the Summer Olympics in Rio.

Kish said there’s was never any doubt she’d get a tattoo in honour of this latest milestone in her career.

“No brainer at all,” she said with a grin. “I got my first piece was I was 16, which was a huge moment in my life, when I made the national team.

“Now I’ve experienced another massive moment in my life and that was going to the Games.”

The rugby star admitted she started thinking about the design even before the historic match in Rio.

“Even before I was done, I said I was going to get rings… I just didn’t want to do it before I stepped off the field.”

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WATCH: Olympic medallist Jen Kish talks Rio, her dad’s support and rugby’s future 

On Saturday morning Kish faced another – albeit less stressful – test: five-and-a-half hours in the tattoo artist’s chair.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “Jen Danger, who works out of Urge 2, I connected with her and she showed interest in doing my piece. She’s rated as one of the top artists in Edmonton.”

Danger was also buzzing with anticipation.

“Over the moon,” Danger said when asked how she was feeling. “Super excited. We’re going to do a traditional torch with the Olympic rings with the 2016.”

This is Danger’s first Olympic tattoo.

“It’s an intricate piece,” she said. “It’ll be really fun. Lots of colour.”

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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News
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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News
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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News
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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News
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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News
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Jen Kish is getting a new tattoo to mark her Olympic experience. Tattoo artist Jen Danger at Urge 2 is doing the art. Global News

Kish has been back home for less than two weeks.  Since her homecoming, she’s been doing “lots of interviews” and plans to make lots of school visits and meet and greets. Since Rio, the interest in rugby has spiked.

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“I’m so grateful that so many people are supporting myself and the team and I hope they continue to support our team.”

READ MORE: Olympic bronze medallist Stephanie Labbé greeted with cheers at Edmonton International Airport 

Kish – and fellow bronze medallist, Team Canada soccer player Stephanie Labbé – were also honoured at Friday’s Edmonton Eskimos game.

READ MORE: Eskimos build up big first half lead, hold on to beat Roughriders 33-25 

The fans gave the two Edmonton-based Olympians a standing ovation when they were shown on the jumbo tron during the football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“I just want to thank Edmonton and all of Canada for supporting my team and rugby in general and letting their kids enjoy the sport.”

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