2014 Sochi Olympics

Three Examples of Contextual Advertising Done Right

Jeff Quipp | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

The Sochi Olympics, like other popular television viewing events (read: Oscars, Super Bowl) reinforced the importance and potential effectiveness of contextually relevant ads. Think of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion spot that went viral, or Proctor & Gamble's Thank You Mom commercial.

If the Olympics Was All Female Canada Would Have Placed First

Lee Tunstall | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Tunstall

In honour of this International Women's Day, it seems fitting we turn our attention to our female Olympians, who performed so wonderfully well at Sochi, and made all of us back in Canada exceptionally proud. How well did they do? Very well. If there were an all-female Olympics, Canada would have placed first in the medal count, with six gold, six silver and one bronze.

WATCH: Dara Howell Enjoying Gold Medal Glow

CP | Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada

TORONTO - Canadian freestyle skier Dara Howell made history at the Sochi Games by becoming the first women's champion in the new Olympic sport of ski ...

How to Drink Vodka Like a Russian

Dustin Sproat | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada
Dustin Sproat

Take your time finding the right table at the right restaurant. You'll be there awhile -- might as well get comfortable. The bottle of vodka is to be served cold and of high quality. The person that picks up the first bottle is in charge of pouring and pacing shots for the entire night, even once you change venues...

Hurry Hard! Top 12 Reasons To Date Men Who Are Curlers

Leanne Shirtliffe | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Leanne Shirtliffe

#4. They don't think skipping is effeminate.

Social Media in Sochi

Dustin Sproat | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Business
Dustin Sproat

2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpgGiven that our own startup company -- Shnarped Hockey -- plays in the social media space, I've paid particular attention to how people are connecting in Sochi, and have found that it's quite different than how people are staying in touch with family and friends back home.

25 Reasons Canada Wins At Life

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Travel

Oh (Team) Canada. You came, you saw, and you pretty much conquered at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. You loved and you lost, but you di...

Sochi 2014 Wins a Gold Medal in Hypocrisy

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada
Akaash Maharaj

Vladimir Putin posed as a protector of children, while making gay youth outcasts in their own country. The IOC posed as an organisation above politics, while unabashedly bending national politics to its commercial interests. Barack Obama posed as a defender of human rights by grappling with foreign governments, while he shied from the fight in domestic politics.

The World Heads Home

CP | Ted Anthony, The Associated Press | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada

SOCHI, Russia - By the busload, the world's athletes and visitors rolled toward Sochi's airport and took off for home Monday, fresh from a Winter Game...

Top Five Sexy Canadianisms from the Sochi Olympics

Carlen Costa | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada
Carlen Costa

The Olympics have always had a history of pausing wars, bringing nations together and displaying some of the best patriotism & athleticism worldwide. ...

15 Things We'll Miss About The Winter Olympics

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Living

Two weeks of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have come and gone. After cheering on Team Canada, which earned 25 medals this year, and seeing that doubl...

Ukraine Violence Hasn't Cast a Shadow Over Sochi - We Have

Marko Sijan | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada
Marko Sijan

Critics claim the violence in Ukraine has 'cast a shadow' over Sochi. The shadow of death? But the media has already cast one of those, with its endless probing of accidental deaths of athletes in training and competition, or the deaths of athletes' loved ones, or athletes' miscarriages, all to plumb the human spirit's capacity of "labouring under the shadow of death" to earn the life-choosing glory of Olympic victory. The carnage then in Ukraine doesn't cast a shadow on the Sochi Games. Instead it casts a light on something true about us, something we may already know but don't think much about, something Mark Twain was getting at when he said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme."

LOOK: Figure Skaters Without Makeup

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Style

Even if we don't understand the jumps Olympic figure skaters are doing (triple sal-what?), we can still appreciate the sport thanks to their beautiful...

These Racist Tweets About Subban Prove Canada's Not so Tolerant

Rachel Décoste | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada
Rachel Décoste

On this superficial scale of chromaticity, P.K. Subban is endowed with the darkest of chocolate hues. None of this should matter in a game of Olympic hockey where the only colour on our minds is gold. And Subban's skin colour should definitely be of no consequence in a multicultural country like Canada. Yet, reaction to the sight of a black man on Team Canada's Sochi roster, as it did at the 2013 World Juniors, revealed that a nation that "doesn't see race" has discarded its rose-coloured glasses.

Why We Need to Bring 'Art' Back to the Olympics

Jon Packer | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jon Packer

A surprise to many, the arts were once an integral part of Olympic games programming, creating a rich legacy of cultural achievement. That's right, gold, silver and bronze for painting, sculpture, music and literature. Early activities also included musical contests and the high profile contest of the heralds and trumpeters.

Why I'm an Olympic Atheist

Will Braun | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada
Will Braun

Amid the medal counts, terror threats and Norwegian curling flare lies the notion that the Olympics make the world a better place. Any sense of togetherness or egalitarianism at the 2012 London Games, for instance, certainly did not apply to the podium. Only 85 of the 204 countries with Olympic committees won medals. If we look at what Olympism has yielded for some of the countries most in need of peace and goodwill, the picture is even less inclusive. The reason the Haitian earthquake orphan will not make it to the Olympics is probably not because she doesn't believe staunchly enough in her dreams.

Canada Wins Silver In Women's Short Track Relay

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada

Canada has won a silver in the 3000m short-track relay. Korea won gold and China, who had initially taken silver, was disqualified, Canada had init...

B.C.'s Greatest Olympic Winter Moments

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

British Columbia plays a major role in making Canada a dominant force at the Olympic Winter Games. The province's triumphs reach all the way back t...

The Molson Fridge at Sochi Revealed

Dustin Sproat | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada
Dustin Sproat

2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg The Passport fridge sits inside the Sochi Canada House, which permits only people with a passport who know an athlete inside. The fridge only has a few empty specialty bottles inside. The kicker - there is actually no Molson Canadian beer in the Canada House whatsoever! It got stuck at the border.

'Undetectable' Doping Agent?

CBC | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada

A Russian scientist has developed a "new, undetectable doping agent" and is prepared to sell it to athletes competing in the Winter Olympics in Sochi,...

P.K. Subban Is Our Black Canadian Saviour

Christopher Stuart Taylor | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Christopher Stuart Taylor

No disrespect to Lincoln Alexander, Viola Desmond, Dudley Laws and the many black Canadian pioneers that have and continue to make vital contributions to Canadian society, but Subban has the potential to be the most important and influential black in Canadian history.

Should Olympians Be Figure Skating To 'Schindler's List?'

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Music

The Sochi Winter Olympics are in full swing and figure skating is playing its usual prominent role in the competition. But there gave been a few miscu...

Here At Last: Some Surprises From Sochi

Dustin Sproat | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada
Dustin Sproat

2014-02-14-sochibanner.jpg Booked three weeks ago on a whim, my trip from Vancouver to Sochi included 40 hours of buses, trains, taxis, layovers, and flights. Not to mention the four hours of standing in lines and two hours of wandering looking for wifi that were required before I could make this post. That said, I'm here and I'm pumped!

Puck Politics: When Sports Turns Government On

Shachi Kurl | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

At a time when it seems we're paying less attention than ever to political news, it's even more crucial for politicians to identify with voters on another level. Be honest -- how many of you watched either the federal budget speech or the B.C. throne speech online? How many of you, by contrast -- have been sneaking peaks at the live-streamed Olympics from your desk?

WATCH: Slovenian Gold Medalist Also Struck Gold On Pop Charts

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 02.13.2014 | Canada Music

Talented athletes every day are standing atop the podiums in Sochi as part of the Winter Olympics. However, there is only one who is now atop both a p...