2012 London Olympics

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Bravo, Athletes! Here's What I Learned Watching You

Watching the Olympics I asked myself over and over again why an individual chose his or her particular sport, and what passion and drive moved them from a simple love of a sport to become an Olympic athlete? It's a question perhaps without one absolute answer. I've also been curious if innate talent is at the root of the decision as to which sport an individual chooses to pursue. Are great athletes born or are they nurtured and made? I've read repeatedly that it isn't necessarily that certain people are gifted and just naturally excel in a particular area.
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My Modest Olympic Proposal

The Olympics should feature unsuspecting citizens plucked from their normal jobs and forced to compete against similarly amateur athletes from around the world. It's simple to implement, and the benefits are practical for countries and entertaining for viewers.
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When Jamaica Wins, It Means Sweet Revenge

In two days, three Jamaicans won medals in sprinting. These victories mean a lot more to the country than deciding who can run fastest while stripped down to underwear. There's a marvelous symbolism involved. Even, perhaps, revenge. For almost three hundred years Jamaica was more or less owned by the British and ruled from London.
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For Some Olympians, Seeking Asylum Is Better Than Gold

Earlier this week three Sudanese athletes who had been part of their country's Olympic training squad also disappeared from the Olympic village and are expected to seek political asylum in Britain. There are certain to be empty seats on planes returning to a number of countries in the Middle East and Africa after the closing ceremonies. The Olympics are a tribute to human athleticism and dedication but they are also an anachronism in which some are competing for glory and pride whereas, others, like gladiators, are competing for the lives of their families or in fear for their personal security.
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Adam van Koeverden Is Ready To Compete

LONDON - Adam van Koeverden has pretty much done it all at the Olympics. He's won gold, silver and bronze and carried the Canadian flag at both the opening and closing ceremonies.But the veteran kayak...
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Disqualified!

LONDON - A Canadian equestrian rider's horse has been disqualified from Olympic competition with what team officials say is just a scratch.Tiffany Foster's horse Victor was found to have hypersensitiv...
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Day 8 Was A Good Day

LONDON - Gold, silver and bronze for Canada on Canada's best day of the London Olympics so far.With Day 8 in the books, the Canadian team hit the midway point of the Olympic Games with 10 medals, incl...
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'Blade Runner' Makes It To Semifinals

LONDON - It began with a smile at the starting line.Moments later, Oscar Pistorius took off and the click-click-clicking of carbon on the track was all but drowned out by the 80,000 fans on hand to wa...

London 2012: The Most Hygienic Games Ever?

There has been one more bombshell occurring in London -- though it hasn't quiet made the same kind of headlines as Ye Shiwen . In contrast to all the prognostication of infectious diseases outbreaks and epidemics that could potentially lead to a pandemic, including my own, the reality is that germs have played almost no role at the Games.
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What You Should Think About While Watching the Olympics

When you watch these games, I'd like you to look at each event with a new perspective. Look deeper into what you are witnessing. Imagine the pressure these athletes are feeling to perform at their best. It is incredible. Viewers don't realize how difficult it is for competitors to get a restful sleep or proper nutrition when there is so much nervous energy and millions of butterflies in their stomachs.

What One Canadian Olympian Is Doing Now

As our attention is turned to the London Olympics, this column heralds a Canadian Olympic champion from 2008. Why would anyone, even a Canadian gold-medal Olympian, want to row across the Atlantic Ocean? But that's exactly what Adam Kreek and three other athletes want to do this December with no one spotting them!
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Canada's Quiet Victors

LONDON - Canadian wrestlers often fly under the radar at the Olympics despite producing an abundance of medals over the years.With 14 medals won, the sport has historically been the sixth most success...
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Tough Early Defeats For Team Canada

LONDON - Canada battled some rough waters on the first full day of competition at the London Olympics.Swimmer Ryan Cochrane was bounced from the final of the men's 400-metre freestyle Saturday while t...