London Olympics 2012

Think Canadians Were Olympic Failures? Consider the Facts

Nicole Forrester | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada
Nicole Forrester

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png With the 2012 Olympic Games over and all the results locked in, Canada has finished 13th in medal standings. So, was the London Olympic Games a success or a failure for Canada? Some may justifiably argue that since we did not reach our goal, Canada failed. But, I'm not so sure I'd agree.

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.

Closing Ceremony Fashion!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Style

This edition of the Summer Games have been a treat to watch in terms of style. From the colourful athletes' parade that kicked off the parade, to Team...

Canada Disqualified From Men's 4 x 100 Relay After Placing Third

CP | Posted 08.11.2012 | Canada

LONDON - They were celebrating one moment, sobbing the next.For Canada's men's relay team, a single misplaced step meant the difference between a bron...

The Only Thing Wrong with the Olympics...is the Sports!

Yoni Goldstein | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada
Yoni Goldstein

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe Olympics have a great atmosphere, dedicated athletes and the spirit of goodwill. That leaves us with but one characteristic of the Olympics to explain why we don't care about the Olympics when the Olympics aren't staring us right in the face: the games themselves, and here, I think, is where the problem lies. It's that the sports competed in at the Olympics don't keep our attention. In other words, they are not interesting to us when not framed by the Olympics.

My Modest Olympic Proposal

JD Halperin | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada
JD Halperin

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe Olympics should feature unsuspecting citizens plucked from their normal jobs and forced to compete against similarly amateur athletes from around the world. It's simple to implement, and the benefits are practical for countries and entertaining for viewers.

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.

Michael Phelps May Have the Most Medals, But is he the Best Athlete?

Nicole Forrester | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngAs he is the most decorated Olympian of all time, we may never see another athlete accomplish what Michael Phelps has in our lifetime. But, does that make him the ultimate athlete of the Olympic Games?  Since creating their Competitive Index for Sport, Mitchell and Stewart found that it was possible to rate the competitive quality of a given sport and the chances for success, whereby the lower the competitive index score the greater chance an individual stood to be successful at the Olympic Games. After seeing the index, it's no wonder why winning the gold medal in the 100 metre is one of the most coveted medals in the world.

Look: What Canada Did And Didn't Do At The London Games

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada

Monday, Aug. 6th 2012 was a holiday for some Canadians, offering a long weekend to relax and enjoy the summer weather. However, there was none of that...

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.

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 ...

Winning the Olympic Mind Games

Nicole Forrester | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada
Nicole Forrester

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.

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 ...

The Week That Was: Happy Generic Holiday Weekend

Danielle Crittenden | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada
Danielle Crittenden

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?

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 Generates Momentum

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Canada's astonishing medal pace in the first half of the London Olympics shows the country is getting its summer sport act together.The team ...

Canada Wins A Bronze Medal In Team Pursuit Cycling

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.04.2012 | Canada

Canada won a bronze medal in the women's team pursuit on day 8 of the Olympics. Tara Whitten led fellow teammates Gillian Carleton and Jasmin Glae...

How Are The Other Canadians Doing On Day 8?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Rosannagh MacLennan sang along, trying to hold back tears, as "O Canada" was played for the first time at the London Olympics.She had just be...

Heartbreaking Finish For Paula Findlay's Olympic Debut

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - As she crossed the finish line in last place, an emotional Paula Findlay kept repeating the same two words."I'm sorry."It was a heartbreaking...

Unlikely Medal Run Over For Canadian Women's Badminton Team 'Bruce Li'

CP | Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Their coach had told them over and over that anything can happen at the Olympic Games.Alex Bruce and Michelle Li proved their coach right as ...

'Blade Runner' Makes It To Semifinals

CP | Eddie Pells, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

LONDON - It began with a smile at the starting line.Moments later, Oscar Pistorius took off and the click-click-clicking of carbon on the track was al...