2012 Summer 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.

The Good, The Bad, The Heartbreak

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - A bronze from a paddler Saturday pushed Canada to 18 medals at the Summer Olympics, which equals the country's 2008 total from Beijing.Barrin...

Could An Upsetting Triathlon End Paula Findlay's Season?

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Paula Findlay is turning a corner in her triathlon career, and she doesn't know what's around it.What the 22-year-old does know is she doesn'...

Podium Hopeful Settles For Ninth

CP | Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

ESSEX, United Kingdom - Two-time world champion Catharine Pendrel came into the women's mountain bike cross-country cycling event fully confident that...

Spice Girls Are Coming To 'Spice Up Your Life'

CP | Jill Lawless, The Associated Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Get the Union Jacks out and prepare to party: Olympic Stadium is being transformed into a giant jukebox of British pop and pizazz for the cer...

Canada Wins Another Bronze

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

WINDSOR, England - The addition of the K-1 200-metre race to the Olympic program made Canadian kayaker Mark de Jonge feel "useful again."And on Saturd...

The End Of The Road

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - They've carried the Olympic load for Canada over multiple Games. For a few of them, London was their last.Triathlete Simon Whitfield, cyclist...

How Did Canada Do On Day 14?

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Canada heads into the final weekend of the 2012 Summer Games heavy on bronze and light on gold.A marathon swim bronze brings the team to 17 m...

Canada Is On The Hunt For Hardware

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Canada enters the final weekend of the Olympics on the hunt for hardware in mountain biking and kayaking as it looks to deliver on its goal o...

Canada Wins A Bronze In Men's Open-Water Marathon

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Richard Weinberger compensated for his lack of "old-man strength" in the Olympic marathon swim with a fast, smart and well-executed strategy....

Bigger Bodies At The Olympics Because Of Kayaking

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

WINDSOR, England - The introduction of the 200-metre race to the canoe-kayak program at the Olympics has literally reshaped the sport at the Games.Mar...

Can Canada Meet Its Goal Of Finishing Twelfth In The Medal Count?

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - A silver and bronze brings Canada's tally at the Olympic Games to 16 medals.Canada is running out of swings at more gold. Rosannagh MacLennan...

Not So Fast Usain Bolt

CP | Stephen Wilson, The Associated Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Not so fast, Usain. You're not a "living legend" yet.That's the verdict of IOC President Jacques Rogge, who said Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt...

What Kind Of At-Home Boxing Moves Make A Fighter?

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Living

Clear away those dusty Tae Bo DVDs -- it's time for a real boxing workout. With women's boxing showcased at the Olympics for the first time ever th...

What We Can All Learn From Olympic Diets

Hella Wella | Nancy Ryerson | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Living

By: Nancy Ryerson High-flying Olympic gymnasts and record-busting swimmers might seem like they’re a different species from those of us who just ...

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...

Rider's Disqualification Is Being Appealed

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - A decorated triathlete defending a heartbroken teammate. A horse disqualified for a scratch, leaving his rider in tears. A soccer coach accus...

Olympians And Tourists Ink Their Bodies With The Five Interlocked Rings

CP | Sylvia Hui, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - The British capital is awash in Olympic ink — tattoo ink, that is.At Olympic venues around London, competitors flaunt marks of blood, sweat...

Women's Basketball Advances To Quarter-Finals

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

LONDON - The Canadian women's basketball team fell into an early hole against Australia on Sunday and couldn't recover, losing 72-63 on the final day ...

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...

Putting The 'Great' In Great Britain

CP | John Leicester, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

LONDON - In one unforgettable night for a nation, the Olympic Games and their host, Britain, were the best they can be.Three British athletes winning ...

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...