2012 Olympics

2012 Olympic Athletes Had TERRIBLE Teeth

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living

Many elite athletes who competed at the 2012 Olympic Games had levels of oral health similar to those of poverty-stricken communities, a study said Mo...

SavvyMom Roundup: Olympics, Snacks and Celebrity Obsessions

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I'll begin with some final words on the Olympics. I'm sorry they are over. I miss them already. I loved watching the athleticism and courage of the amazing athletes from all over the world. I loved judging their behaviour (to cry or not to cry) when I was in no position to do so and I loved reading the commentary from other media channels.

Congrats Canada, On our Gold in -- Err -- Pride?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png Well, another Olympiad has come and gone, and for the XXXth consecutive quadrennium, Canada somehow failed to top the medal count. But cheer up! Not only did we take home the most bronze per-capita (just in time for the coming penny shortage!), but the nation's editorial pages are practically brimming with encouraging sentiment about national pride and junk.

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.

What Happens When Olympians Retire?

CP | Raissa Ioussouf, The Associated Press | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, 27, is thinking about improving his golf game and travelling. Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, 31, ...

What's With The Neon Shoes On The Track?

CP | Monte Stewart, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

Star sprinter Usain Bolt may be the talk of the track at the London Olympics.But those bright yellow shoes worn by so many athletes have also turned p...

What an Athlete's Signature Says About Olympic Psychology

Annette Poizner | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png What do we know about the psychology of an Olympic athlete? The signature of Mark Spitz is worth examining. We can learn something about what it takes to excel in sports; also, in life.

Watching The Watchdog: "O" Stands For Olympics And Orwellian

Tim Knight | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngYe gads, is there no end to the massive abuse of power and privilege that is the Olympics? The following is a list of some of the words and phrases only official Games sponsors are allowed to use: "Olympic. Olympian. Olympiad. Paralympic. Paralympian. Paralympiad. Also their plurals, translations and anything similar to them."

This Photo Will Make You Rethink the Olympic Games

N/A Inc. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada
N/A Inc.

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png Although blaming capitalism for all the world's problems is ineffectual -- if not counterproductive -- this image highlights a certain inequity and injustice in the world, especially in the face of such lavish celebrations. And a question is elicited: Just how honest and honorable are the Olympic games?

A Look at the London Olympics From a Vancouverite Who Can Sympathize

Dan Mangan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Music
Dan Mangan

When the royal "we" of Vancouver got behind the 2010 Olympic bid, the movement adopted a slogan. Something along the lines of: "Let's invite the world in." I wasn't so sure that that was a good idea. Vancouver was, to me at least, a nice little secret. While there were definitely enjoyable times, my political spidy-sense is still unsettled about the whole thing. It's unbelievable how much money was spent on frivolous aesthetics during that period that could easily have helped a lot of suffering people here if put toward social infrastructure.

Cut The 1812 Commercials. Like, Seriously. Now.

Patricia Pearson | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada
Patricia Pearson

Would the federal government please cut it out with their War of 1812 ads? One minute, I'll be watching some riveting event of sportsmanship at the Olympics, and then suddenly CTV cuts to commercial, and I'm treated to an array of cartoonishly noble characters attired in soldierly red coat and womanly bonnet, circa Regency England, with platoons aiming bayonets at the American frenemy, and I'm like: WTF, federal government?

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.

How to Help Your Kids Through Disappointment

Erika Katz | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

My heart went out to Jordyn Wieber's family when she was cut from the all around women's gymnastics last night. As a parent, it is so difficult to see your child go through disappointment. They get to school and their best friends are in a different section together. They try out for a sports team and they get cut. They study for an exam and receive a mediocre grade. I believe how we help them through their failures often makes a huge difference in how they move forward.

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.

Watching the Watchdog: The Winner of the Media Olympics Is...

Tim Knight | Posted 10.02.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png I start to get the feeling that host Brian Williams seriously outclasses the broadcast talent around him. He's the pro. The reporters and analysts supporting him are mostly sports groupies. Over the next couple of evenings, I become certain of it.

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.

Olympian Speaks Out On Sexism After Winning Silver

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.28.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Biting her tongue does not seem Lizzie Armistead's strong point, but the young Briton did just that prior to winning the silver medal in the ...

Some Flaws in London Might be Better Than Control in Beijing

Andrew Cooper | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada
Andrew Cooper

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png The 2008 Beijing Olympics comes readily to mind as a well-managed major symbolic event -- it's the model that can and should be emulated. That makes us look at the numerous glitches of security and management flaws of the London games -- the antithesis of the Beijing model. But in many ways messiness may actually be preferable -- especially when judged in retrospect -- to order. And even the Beijing Olympics can be seen as having flaws.

Ryder Hesjedal Paces 63rd In Road Race

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada

LONDON - The size of Ryder Hesjedal's challenge in the Olympic road race was clear before the field left the start line Saturday.While the likes of Au...

Canada Women's Basketball Teams Loses 58-53

CP | Doug Feinberg, The Associated Press | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Poised to make a return to Olympic action with a major upset, Canada's women's basketball team is instead dealing with a bitter loss caused b...

Three Kinds of Athletes Most Likely to Medal at the Olympics

Nicole Forrester | Posted 09.27.2012 | Canada
Nicole Forrester

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png As an Olympian, I can tell you that nothing quite prepares you for what it is like to compete at the Olympic Games. Perhaps that is why far and few athletes medal at their very first Olympic Games. When it comes to the Olympic Games, be prepared to observe three types of medalists. The first medalist is your favoured athlete, the second your veteran, and the third -- wildcard!

2012 Olympics: Let the Germs Begin

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe Games represent a unique opportunity for the world to share its germs and for public health officials to find a way to stem the tide of infection. The fear of germs has recently been raised to a level not seen since the days of SARS or the pandemic flu. It's now a matter of time to see whether the fears will be realized or fade away as the athletic achievements take over.

London Ready For Its Olympic Close-Up

CP | Danica Kirka, The Associated Press | Posted 09.19.2012 | Canada

LONDON - With the flame comes the games.After years of preparation and months of buildup, London's Olympic moment finally arrived Friday night.Royal M...

10 Failed Drug Test Excuses

CBC | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Living

On the heels of cyclist Frank Schleck's positive test for a diuretic at the Tour de France and his subsequent explanation that he was poisoned by an u...