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Team Canada wins silver

It’s time to celebrate! Team Canada took home the silver medal at the National Geographic World Championship held Wednesday at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Congratulations to Alejandro Torres-Lopez, 16, of North Vancouver, Alexander Cohen, 15, of Ottawa, and Aoife O’Leary, 15, of Surrey.

Russia and Chinese Taipei were Canada’s fierce competitors in the final round, which concluded with Russia winning the gold medal. Chinese Taipei finished with the bronze. In all, seventeen countries entered the biennial competition.

Pictured from left: Aoife O’Leary, Alexander Cohen and Alejandro Torres-Lopez. (Photo: Beth Dye)

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