London Olympics

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Congrats Canada, On our Gold in -- Err -- Pride?

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.
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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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Watching The Watchdog: "O" Stands For Olympics And Orwellian

Ye gads, is there no end to the massive abuse of power and privilege that is the Olympics? The following is a list of some of the words and phrases only official Games sponsors are allowed to use: "Olympic. Olympian. Olympiad. Paralympic. Paralympian. Paralympiad. Also their plurals, translations and anything similar to them."
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Are the War of 1812 Ads Really Appropriate?

I see the opposition parties have finally taken issue with the government for their heavy promotion of the War of 1812 during Olympic television coverage. The question is not the ad itself; the real issue is whether or not the Olympics are an appropriate venue for this type of saturation advertising? A simple ad highlighting the accomplishments of former Canadian Olympic greats would have been more appropriate.
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My Modest Olympic Proposal

The 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.

Cut The 1812 Commercials. Like, Seriously. Now.

Would the federal government please cut it out with their War of 1812 ads? One minute, I'll be watching some riveting event of sportsmanship at the Olympics, and then suddenly CTV cuts to commercial, and I'm treated to an array of cartoonishly noble characters attired in soldierly red coat and womanly bonnet, circa Regency England, with platoons aiming bayonets at the American frenemy, and I'm like: WTF, federal government?
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The Mom Behind the Olympic Athlete

Canadian Olympic Diving sensation Alexandre Despatie owes much of this success to his mom, Christiane. When he was just three weeks old, Christiane took her newborn son to a class to learn to swim -- a perfect start to a successful career in diving. Alex has won three world championships and two Olympic silver medals and has became a Canadian heartthrob.
Derek Branscombe

A Look at the London Olympics From a Vancouverite Who Can Sympathize

When the royal "we" of Vancouver got behind the 2010 Olympic bid, the movement adopted a slogan. Something along the lines of: "Let's invite the world in." I wasn't so sure that that was a good idea. Vancouver was, to me at least, a nice little secret. While there were definitely enjoyable times, my political spidy-sense is still unsettled about the whole thing. It's unbelievable how much money was spent on frivolous aesthetics during that period that could easily have helped a lot of suffering people here if put toward social infrastructure.
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Canada Treading Water On Day 9

LONDON - After Canada's best day of the Olympic Games on Saturday, Day 9 was one of the worst with zero medals.Canada remained at 10 medals, including one gold, and stayed 11th in the overall medal st...
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How to Help Your Kids Through Disappointment

My heart went out to Jordyn Wieber's family when she was cut from the all around women's gymnastics last night. As a parent, it is so difficult to see your child go through disappointment. They get to school and their best friends are in a different section together. They try out for a sports team and they get cut. They study for an exam and receive a mediocre grade. I believe how we help them through their failures often makes a huge difference in how they move forward.
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Day 8 Was A Good Day

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 midway point of the Olympic Games with 10 medals, incl...
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No One Spotted Doping -- Yet

LONDON - At the midway point of the London Games, no competitor has been caught doping at their event. At least, not yet.Still, every day a different name of a suspected offender has emerged because o...
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Canada Generates Momentum

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 hit the midway point with 10 medals, including a t...
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Canada Flops In Trampoline Final

LONDON - Canada's Jason Burnett planned to do one of the most difficult routines of the men's trampoline competition at the London Games on Friday.He never got the chance to really show it off.Burnett...

London 2012: The Most Hygienic Games Ever?

There has been one more bombshell occurring in London -- though it hasn't quiet made the same kind of headlines as Ye Shiwen . In contrast to all the prognostication of infectious diseases outbreaks and epidemics that could potentially lead to a pandemic, including my own, the reality is that germs have played almost no role at the Games.