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Wake up and Smell the Coal Alberta!

(19) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 11:24 AM

If a new Pembina Institute report released this week is any indication, we Albertans have happily, if unwittingly, kept the wool pulled down over our eyes when it comes to acknowledging the primary fuel that powers our lives. To wit, fully 64 per cent of the electricity generated...

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What Drives an Athlete?

(2) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 7:06 AM

When I close my eyes and drift among the long history of all the races I've ever done, a very small handful shines through more brightly than the rest. I swiftly and easily recall the feeling of those rare moments, as it is forever carved into my bones and coursing...

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We Need More Tough Coaches Like Mike Spracklen

(1) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 2:11 PM

I don't know legendary rowing coach Mike Spracklen, but I certainly know of him. I've long heard the fabled stories about how tough and demanding he is, that he can be blunt and harsh and unforgiving, that he pushes you to the brink of your own sanity and then pulls...

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Chanelling Randy Starkman

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Since his sudden and tragic passing in April, Randy Starkman's Olympics Blog has faithfully remained in the top left spot of my computer's web browser favourites page. That it has not been replaced with another, more frequently viewed site is surprising. But given that I went to his site for...

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How the Wildrose Part Tamed My Heart

(12) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Yesterday, I am loath to admit, I voted strategically for the first time in my life. I didn't feel good about it. My brother, who lives in the same riding, voted with his conscience, but he didn't feel good about that either. I figure we cancelled each other out, and...

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Randy Starkman: Big Heart, Big Results

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 2:10 PM

Just prior to the Olympics in Vancouver, Randy Starkman wrote an article about me with the headline "Big Heart, Big Results." When I think of Randy and what he meant to me, to Canadian Olympic athletes and to the entire amateur sport community, the one word that comes...

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My Most Meaningful Skate Wasn't at the Olympics

(1) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 5:20 PM

It's the honest truth that most of the news we hear about First Nations communities in Canada is overwhelmingly bad. I pay close enough attention to current affairs to at least know that. The most recent wave of bad news to wash over the country has been about the remote...

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Sidney Crosby and Me: A Concussionary Tale

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2011 | 1:00 PM

It is a coincidence, really, that my one-year concussionniversary happened to be on the same day that Sidney Crosby was slated to make his much-anticipated and ballyhooed return to action in the NHL. It's serendipitous enough though, that I have had to re-write some sections of this blog post to...

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The Spark Is Gone

(4) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:17 PM

I remember clearly the first real speed skating race I ever won. It was at the North American age class championships in Lake Placid, New York circa 1991. It was a long track 800 metre mass-start race and I won it, surprisingly, beating a group of girls who, until that point,...

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Norway Is Beautiful/Norge er Skjønn

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2011 | 11:37 AM

I was in the midst of writing a silly blog post about how I've been rather reluctant, loath even, to call myself a Calgarian, even though I was born in Calgary and have lived here for the past 16 years, and about how I still feel like a transplanted Ottawan,...

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How Old Is Too Old to Play?

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2011 | 1:32 PM

One afternoon in May, I came home to an unusual message on my answering machine. It was from a man who had read an article about me in the newspaper and was calling because he was curious about "the Right To Play." The article in the paper he was referring...

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