2012 London Olympics

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

Beverley Golden | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada
Beverley Golden

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.

My Modest Olympic Proposal

JD Halperin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada
JD Halperin

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe 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.

New Personal Best For Canada's Damian Warner

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night.Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. trials in ...

When Jamaica Wins, It Means Sweet Revenge

Tim Knight | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngIn 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.

For Some Olympians, Seeking Asylum Is Better Than Gold

Ike Awgu | Posted 10.06.2012 | Canada
Ike Awgu

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png 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.

Canadian Soccer Coach Says US Teams Uses 'Illegal' Tactics

CP | Joseph White, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

MANCHESTER, England - Call it a legitimate complaint. Or call it a big underdog trying to gain some sort of mental edge on the eve of a big game at th...

Adam van Koeverden Is Ready To Compete

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

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 op...

Disqualified!

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

LONDON - A Canadian equestrian rider's horse has been disqualified from Olympic competition with what team officials say is just a scratch.Tiffany Fos...

Simon Whitfield Stands Up For Paula Findlay

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Simon Whitfield was still burning a day after watching Paula Findlay's tearful apology as she finished last in the Olympic women's triathlon....

Why Do Canadian Olympic Athletes Apologize?

CP | Chris Johnston, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

Many Canadians may wonder why triathlete Paula Findlay felt she had to apologize for her heart-wrenching last-place finish at the London Olympics.Not ...

Day 8 Was A Good Day

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

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 midw...

Canada's Women's Basketball Team Shows It Can Hang With The Top Teams

CP | Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

LONDON - The Canadian women's basketball team just squeaked into the Olympic draw by winning their final game at a last-chance qualifying event.It see...

Canada Wins A Bronze Medal In Team Pursuit Cycling

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada

Canada won a bronze medal in the women's team pursuit on day 8 of the Olympics. Tara Whitten led fellow teammates Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glae...

How Are The Other Canadians Doing On Day 8?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Rosannagh MacLennan sang along, trying to hold back tears, as "O Canada" was played for the first time at the London Olympics.She had just be...

Ian Millar Makes Olympic History Before Competing

CP | Margaret Freeman, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Canada's Ian Millar rode into Olympic history Saturday to set a record before his horse jumped its first obstacle at Greenwich Park.London ma...

Heartbreaking Finish For Paula Findlay's Olympic Debut

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - As she crossed the finish line in last place, an emotional Paula Findlay kept repeating the same two words."I'm sorry."It was a heartbreaking...

Bolt's Slow Start Still Ends With A Win In 100 Metre Heat

CP | Howard Fendrich, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Sports

LONDON - Getting set for his London Olympics debut, Usain Bolt bopped to the music blaring over the loudspeakers, rocking his head back and forth. He ...

Unlikely Medal Run Over For Canadian Women's Badminton Team 'Bruce Li'

CP | Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Their coach had told them over and over that anything can happen at the Olympic Games.Alex Bruce and Michelle Li proved their coach right as ...

'Blade Runner' Makes It To Semifinals

CP | Eddie Pells, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

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 al...

LOOK: Hottest Olympic Athletes From Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Living

Now that the first week of the Games are over and we've had a chance to see thousands of the world's hottest athletes in action, we think we can more ...

Could Canada Win Two Medals In Women's Tampoline?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Canada's Karen Cockburn has reached the podium at the last three Summer Games. She's a favourite to add a fourth career medal on Saturday in ...

London 2012: The Most Hygienic Games Ever?

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png 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.

What You Should Think About While Watching the Olympics

Barbara Berezowski | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada
Barbara Berezowski

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png 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

Bernie Farber | Posted 09.29.2012 | Canada
Bernie Farber

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!

Team Canada's Women's Gymnastics Make History

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada Impact

While most teenagers have read about history, five Canadian teens made history Sunday at the London Summer games. For the first time in a non-boycotte...