London Olympics

What The Olympics Can Teach Us About Life

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

What Olympic athletes also have in common, whether or not they win medals, is passion, desire, ambition, hunger, determination, confidence and grit. They're not afraid to dream big... Why, then, do so many of us limit ourselves, hold ourselves back, restrict ourselves to "modest" goals -- only to look back at our lives and wonder what might have been?

A Costly Toronto Olympic Bid Is Unlikely to Pay Off

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Business
Janice Forsyth

Toronto is considering a bid for the 2024 Olympics -- Mayor John Tory says he's still mulling over the economics of it all. The hard reality is that scholarly research on the economic impact of hosting the Olympics is not encouraging. The vast majority of studies show either no impact or a negative impact.

Cities Should Beware These Changes to the Olympic Bidding Process

Janice Forsyth | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janice Forsyth

To say that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "shook things up" with Agenda 2020 is a gross understatement. Agenda 2020 voided and obscured critical sections of the Olympic Charter and the Olympic Games Framework, the IOC's two main documents for how to bid for and host an Olympic Games. It didn't just shake things up. It changed the entire game plan.

Watching the Watchdog: Maybe We'll do Better Next Time, at Least in TV Coverage

Tim Knight | Posted 10.13.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png The people's network, CBC, has won the rights to broadcast the next Olympics. Maybe the broadcaster will do what CTV didn't: bring us stories, instead of running those interminable heats and quarter finals which brought us numbers and statistics.

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.

What Were The Best Moments Of These Games?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada

That's a wrap! After 17 days of swimming, running, jumping, riding and other Olympics tomfoolery the world's best athletes get to fly home with their ...

What Happens When Olympians Retire?

CP | Raissa Ioussouf, The Associated Press | Posted 10.12.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Most-decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, 27, is thinking about improving his golf game and travelling. Gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, 31, ...

SavvyMom Roundup: The Worst Thing on TV, Back to School (Already) and Even More Bacon

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada
Minnow Hamilton

I like to savour the last few weeks of summer. It's one of my favourite times of year -- especially the food! That's top on my roundup this week, along with some bad reality TV shows, thought on the Olympics and getting ready for back to school!

What an Athlete's Signature Says About Olympic Psychology

Annette Poizner | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.png What do we know about the psychology of an Olympic athlete? The signature of Mark Spitz is worth examining. We can learn something about what it takes to excel in sports; also, in life.

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

Tim Knight | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngYe 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."

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.

New Personal Best For Canada's Damian Warner

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.10.2012 | Canada

LONDON - Ashton Eaton won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points on Thursday night.Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. trials in ...

Are the War of 1812 Ads Really Appropriate?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.09.2012 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngI 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.

Air Travel Not To Blame For Elite Athletes Falling Ill

CBC | Huffington Post Canada Travel | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Travel

It isn't flying across five time zones itself that seems to make elite athletes prone to falling ill, but the changes they face at the destination, an...

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

Dan Mangan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada Music
Dan Mangan

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.

Swimming, Sculling and Holding our Breath All the Way to the Podium

Synchro Canada | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada
Synchro Canada

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngThe excitement and energy is all around us. We can't wait to have the opportunity to show everyone who we are. Check out Canada's Synchronized Swimming team closely; you will see things that you've never seen before in our routines. We innovate, push the limits of the impossible and push the acrobatics to a higher level. We're here to win a medal.

Cut The 1812 Commercials. Like, Seriously. Now.

Patricia Pearson | Posted 10.08.2012 | Canada
Patricia Pearson

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?

The Mom Behind the Olympic Athlete

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada Impact
Yummy Mummy Club

2012-07-25-olympicbanner.pngCanadian 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.

Paddling Silver And Bronze For Canada

CP | Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.07.2012 | Canada

WINDSOR, England - Two friends with a ton of Olympic history made the canoe-kayak medal podium Wednesday.Adam van Koeverden won silver in kayak, his f...

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 ...

Canada Treading Water On Day 9

CP | Donna Spencer, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.05.2012 | Canada

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...

How to Help Your Kids Through Disappointment

Erika Katz | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

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.

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...

No One Spotted Doping -- Yet

CP | Graham Dunbar, The Associated Press | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada

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 ...

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 ...