Originally appeared at Olympic.ca The news: On Tuesday the Canadian Olympic Committee announced plans to foster LGBTQ inclusivity in national sport. The #OneTeam Athlete Ambassador program will hit schools to speak about mental fitness and equality, supported by a first-ever school resource on LGBTQ issues. Egale Canada, the foremost national charity promoting LGBTQ human rights, is on board to guide all programs and resources. Plus, a partnership with You Can Play rounds out a great top line. In good form, the COC is also taking … →
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 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. … →
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 … →
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 … →
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.
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 … →
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.
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. Continued at Olympic.ca
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 … →
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. CONTINUED AT OLYMPIC.CA