2012 Summer Olympics

The Week That Was: Go West, Young Website

So declared our main news splash on Thursday, announcing the birth of two new regional editions of HuffPost, in Alberta and British Columbia. As other major media organizations across the country lay off staff and shutter their presses, HuffPost's expansion west is good news -- great news -- for readers who are rapidly running out of sources of local news and opinion. Meanwhile it's starting to feel a lot like Christmas -- which is a parent's way of saying it's Back to School time. I need advice on how to a contrive a sympathetic and sorrowful look on my face when my kids and I bump into the stacks of school supplies at the mall. My impulse is to shout, "YES!"
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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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London Gets the Gold Medal in Hygiene

Far away from the headlines of this headline-grabbing Olympics is an important lesson that can bring solace to almost every germaphobe. Unlike any other Olympics before, these Games have shown that preventing infection is not only possible, but also relatively easily accomplished.
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Why Christine Sinclair Should be Canada's Flag-Bearer

Christine Sinclair, the tournament-leading six-goal scorer in women's soccer at the Olympics, meets the criteria of what many Canadians consider necessary in the role of a captain. She does not seek the spotlight, but it always, invariably, finds her. Sinclair showed the way. And she should do it again on Sunday as Canada's flag-bearer in the Closing Ceremony.
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What Happens When Olympians Retire?

LONDON - Most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, 27, is thinking about improving his golf game and travelling. Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, 31, is looking forward to getting married and doing "n...
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Heat Hobbles Canada's Marathon Runners

LONDON - This wasn't a day for record-breaking performances.In a race that saw about a fifth of the field succumb to the heat, Dylan Wykes ran to Canada's best finish in the men's Olympic marathon Sun...
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How Did Canada Do At The London Games

LONDON - Memorable moments, yes, but Canada's overall performance at the London Olympics was unexceptional.The same number of medals won as 2008 with fewer gold and silver, while falling just outside...
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Marathoners Chase History

LONDON - A trio of Canadians will be chasing history when they line up for the Olympic men's marathon Sunday.Reid Coolsaet, Dylan Wykes and Eric Gillis will take aim once again at Jerome Drayton's Can...
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What's With The Neon Shoes On The Track?

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 plenty of heads.Some people love the fluorescent fo...
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Podium Hopeful Settles For Ninth

ESSEX, United Kingdom - Two-time world champion Catharine Pendrel came into the women's mountain bike cross-country cycling event fully confident that she could reach the Olympic podium.She didn't get...
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Canada Wins Another Bronze

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 Saturday, it produced a bronze medal and a beaming smile...