Olympic.ca: The Sochi plan and the hockey team that won with it


Originally posted at Olympic.ca We all sort of chuckled when Canada’s men were playing ball hockey in the summer. It was strange yet familiar, there was something about insurance, and it looked fun. But when Mike Babcock had the floor, he Read more

Olympic.ca: Contrasting Cowboys: The differences between Canada’s medal-chasing alpine men


If cowboys in the wild west come in all varieties, then maybe it makes sense the Canadian ski racing buckaroos are all so different. A silver medallist at 2013’s test event in Sochi, Ben Thomsen is a ‘scrappy skier’ according toJan Hudec, Read more

Sochi 2014: At the Olympic Winter Games and ready for sport


Floating on a plane to Sochi, by way of Frankfurt and well, since it can’t be that easy, Moscow too. 23 hours of travel began with a delightfully unhelpful woman at check-in. And the soupy stew from the fancy Read more

Sochi 2014: Favourite goals of three Olympic hockey gold medallists

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Before their gold medal win in Sochi, I asked three of Canada’s hockey legends their favourite Olympic goals. The answers are interesting and Jayna Hefford’s is even a little prophetic.

Olympic.ca: The Sochi plan and the hockey team that won with it

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We all sort of chuckled when Canada’s men were playing ball hockey in the summer.

It was strange yet familiar, there was something about insurance, and it looked fun. But when Mike Babcock had the floor, he was dead serious. They were working.

That work showed up in Sochi. The red machine got rolling. Canada won this tournament by allowing only three goals, not by scoring buckets. When Crosby flew in alone on Lundqvist tonight, it was novel. Canada’s many chances were formed by living in the offensive zone and rarely in transition.

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“Great defence means you play defence fast and you have the puck all the time so you’re always on offence,” clarifies Babcock, “We were a great offensive team.” He is emphatic.

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Olympic.ca: Contrasting Cowboys: The differences between Canada’s medal-chasing alpine men

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If cowboys in the wild west come in all varieties, then maybe it makes sense the Canadian ski racing buckaroos are all so different.

A silver medallist at 2013’s test event in Sochi, Ben Thomsen is a ‘scrappy skier’ according toJan Hudec, who along with Manny Osborne-Paradis are both unapologetic race horses. Using training runs to figure out the course. Erik Guay subscribes to the contrary, “I believe that it’s good to train like you race,” he says, “I like to approach every training run like it’s a race .”

On Tuesday in Sochi the Canadian Cowboys are shaking off a mini-sticks loss to the women’s hockey team, at the athletes’ village the night before. The guys are loose, they claim to have let the girls win. No confirmation yet from the opposing dressing room.

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Sochi 2014: At the Olympic Winter Games and ready for sport

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Floating on a plane to Sochi, by way of Frankfurt and well, since it can’t be that easy, Moscow too. 23 hours of travel began with a delightfully unhelpful woman at check-in. And the soupy stew from the fancy iPad-lined bar near the gate was worse than my awful cooking. And it’s making my stomach turn as we bobble through the air on a decently uncomfortable flight.

And yet I live for this.

I’ve been grinning ever since I caught my breath in the cab to the airport. We left just on time, with sacs full of cameras and microphones, lights and computers. I brought some clothes too, but not many, I needed room for a GoPro.

I’ve been asked about my thoughts on covering an Olympic Winter Games, usually rhetorically. Frankly, I don’t have anything useful to respond with. Other than to mirror the positivity of the inquirer and be thankful for their support. Which I am…appreciative that people care about what I do, and thankful I have this opportunity.

But I won’t pretend the Olympic Games aren’t complicated. Sochi will cost more than all of Apple’s projected revenues this quarter. The host country has drawn the attention of international media, for plenty of non-sport reasons. The host city is always mispronounced.  It’s SO-CHEE. (I’m 99% sure). And people wonder: is the place safe?

I think some of these anxieties, whether mentioned above or not, are just part of the Olympic microscope. Every Games has its set. And we fret and fret. But plenty of folk want it to go smoothly. Of course there are different motivations for why.

And maybe a close look at some not so perfect places is a good thing. Perhaps we can be bold enough to think it will help. I just also hope that the reason we’re here shines brightest. To watch athletes perform. And although they have different flags on their backs, for a moment in time we can fixate on the performance. And forget everything else.

Who knows, maybe that idea gets lost in the spectacle. But its possible sport itself will win, and as long as it’s in the running I’ll spend countless hours researching, writing, tweeting, producing, shooting, hosting, editing, whatever -ing it takes to show just a little bit of what happens when sport does, and nothing else.

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OLYMPIC.CA: #WeAreWinter films are a bold take on our most defining season

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We all know winter.

She spouts wisps of her essence through cracks in autumn’s resolve, before rising at once, to invade the damp decay.

When winter arrives, it’s here to stay. And we settle in, not just to survive but to thrive in spite. And I’d dare say we do. Some even relish the season. Who hasn’t taken a slicing blast of wind that hurts like a hard slap, licked your lips and through a half-smile thought, “Is that all you got?”

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Sochi 2014: Canadian athletes on becoming Olympians

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On the road to Sochi, I’ve been asking athletes what it took to become an Olympian, and what it means to finally get there.

Their answers are all different. And seriously full of heart and soul.

Olympic.ca: Hamilton Ticat star chasing Grey Cup & Olympic glory

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When the 101st Grey Cup begins this Sunday in Regina, it’ll feature one man with very special extra experience.

Not long ago Hamilton Ticats wide receiver Sam Giguère was at a tough place in his football career. It was the end of 2011 and the New York Giants had just sent him home, officially ending his fourth attempt to make the NFL. Giguère was also injured, he tore his groin while with the Giants.

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Olympic.ca: How to face ‘change’ like an Olympian

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By: Callum Ng, originally appeared at Olympic.ca

There isn’t one particular trait that leads someone to become an Olympian.

The athletic marvels at each Winter or Summer Olympic Games result from the collection of many human abilities, of the body and the mind. A lot of effort is put toward explaining what happens at an Olympic Games. But well before the Opening Ceremony, there is the slow forging of the spirit we see manifested at the Games.

Every athlete goes through a unique combination of experiences on the way to the biggest stage. What does it take? Who does it create? These are compelling questions to which Canada’s best athletes themselves might well have some answers found in their own distinct stories.

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Olympic.ca: How to be great in 365 days: Tennis anyone?

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In the world of elite sport, a year can change everything.

Athletes go from Olympic champions to World Cup disappointments. Teams routinely sink from trophy hoisters to playoff no-shows. The volume of practice, training and competition spanning 12 months in many sports yields undeniable collapses but sometimes, startling ascension.

Over the past 365 days Tennis Canada‘s athletes have risen to a new place in the world. Highlighted by the Davis Cup, an event that has had a serious impact.

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2-time Olympic medallist Elizabeth Beisel talks to Callum Ng

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I sat down with 2-time Olympic medalist Elizabeth Beisel. Sometimes interviews take on a life of their own and get AWESOME!

We talked about lululemon, Olympic medals, Vancity, tough races…she even showed me how to do the Gator Chomp. Check it out!

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