It was always the memory of those athletes that helped me persevere through hard times and push past insurmountable obstacles -- and believe me, there were many. And ten years later, I was walking into my own Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
So if you're reading this it means a) it's raining or b) you are in full-body traction, because every other Canadian is out celebrating... what? Maybe it's time for a large corporation to buy the rights to our lamely titled "Civic Holiday." Let's just put it out to the highest bidder, shall we? Tim Hortons Day. Labatt's Blue Day. Surely those are themes all Canadians could rally around?
Listen carefully and you'll notice the barrage of comments referencing the monumental role mental state has on the performances of athletes competing in the Olympic Games. Often the difference between a podium performance and going home empty-handed is the difference in one's mental state.
LeBron and Kobe Bryant have made it clear that they believe their 2012 team would beat the 1992 Dream Team, but word to the wise: Get through this field before making any other declarations about the single greatest team ever assembled.
Guts are a key ingredient in the makeup of any athlete who meddles in endurance sports. Just stand at the final 400 metres of any marathon, major or small, and you'll see it on the salt-stained faces of finishers.
London's building boom is typical for host cities eager to make a big impression on the world stage. But the coolest stadiums make an enduring impression, not only through architectural flair and historic importance, but also by hosting events.
The morning after another stirring night of action at the Olympics, I tune into my local sports radio station on the way to work. They are discussing whether Eli Manning deserves to be elected to the Football Hall of Fame. It was as if the Olympics simply did not exist.
Four years ago, I didn't have an iPhone and I had only recently gotten a Facebook account. Watching the Olympics was more exciting because I didn't know what would happen next.
The Olympic Games are a good metaphor for a lot of what we call "real life."
I hear about this "gay lifestyle." Is that what the "gay lifestyle" is? Sex, sex and more sex? That's all we gay people do? Seriously?
In the first full week of the Summer Olympics, people competed to make the news, even if they weren't in London. If you can answer 11 of these questions correctly, you deserve a medal.
Focusing on the supposed "diva" behavior, outfits, hair and parenting of women athletes trivializes their accomplishments and makes them seem less powerful -- and ultimately less valuable.
President Obama says Jets fans should be nervous about a quarterback controversy. Thank goodness all the other world problems have been solved so the president can now focus on what's really important.
The Canadian Synchronized Swimming team will soon be in the spotlight. We have been together for four years. We understand each other and we are a great family: 12 sisters! After a training camp of 360 hours in six weeks in a secret location in Spain, we are ready to compete against our rivals and all of those who will be in our way. Be careful! Canada is coming!
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