Olympics 2012

SavvyMom Roundup: Olympics, Snacks and Celebrity Obsessions

I'll begin with some final words on the Olympics. I'm sorry they are over. I miss them already. I loved watching the athleticism and courage of the amazing athletes from all over the world. I loved judging their behaviour (to cry or not to cry) when I was in no position to do so and I loved reading the commentary from other media channels.
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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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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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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."

This Photo Will Make You Rethink the Olympic Games

Although blaming capitalism for all the world's problems is ineffectual -- if not counterproductive -- this image highlights a certain inequity and injustice in the world, especially in the face of such lavish celebrations. And a question is elicited: Just how honest and honorable are the Olympic games?
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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.
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Bolt Does It Again!

LONDON - Usain Bolt won the 200 metres in 19.32 seconds Thursday night to become the first man with two Olympic titles at that distance.Bolt beat countryman Yohan Blake by .12 seconds, and Warren Weir...
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When Jamaica Wins, It Means Sweet Revenge

In 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.
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For Some Olympians, Seeking Asylum Is Better Than Gold

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.
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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.

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.

What One Canadian Olympian Is Doing Now

As our attention is turned to the London Olympics, this column heralds a Canadian Olympic champion from 2008. Why would anyone, even a Canadian gold-medal Olympian, want to row across the Atlantic Ocean? But that's exactly what Adam Kreek and three other athletes want to do this December with no one spotting them!
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The Week That Was: I Admit I'm Not Watching the Olympics

Does this make me a bad person? I was sitting in the HuffPost newsroom on Friday afternoon when the noise of the overhead televisions -- and the funny, running commentary of the news team -- drew me over. I watched as the surreal montage of industrial smokestacks, dancing chimney sweeps, the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine," nationalized health care, Voldemort, top-hatted marching men etc. etc. exploded over multiple screens. "Who do we have to blame for this?" I asked one of the news editors. "China."
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Ouch!

LONDON - Annie Martin of Sherbrooke, Que., and Marie-Andree Lessard of Ville LaSalle, Que., lost their opening preliminary round match 17-21, 21-14, 15-13 to Britain's Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin i...
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During the Opening Ceremonies, I'll be Remembering Munich's Victims

In 1972, 11 athletes representing Israel in the Olympics were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics. The family members of these victims have asked the International Olympic Committee to mark the 40th anniversary of their death with a minute of silence. Their request has been rejected. The Olympics cannot be a source of peace and unity to the world if the IOC blatantly disrespects the memories of the murdered Israeli athletes.
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What Human Trafficking Has to do With the Olympics

Although the Olympic Games often bring a sense of unity, patriotism and heightened national pride, it also causes a rise in human sex trafficking as the market demand for sexual labour increases dramatically. I commend the British Government for the steps they're taking to help tackle human trafficking concerns and applaud them for appointing a police commissioner to deal exclusively with trafficking during the Games. But the sad reality is that women and girls will still be sexually exploited on the streets of London.
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2012 Olympics: Let the Germs Begin

The Games represent a unique opportunity for the world to share its germs and for public health officials to find a way to stem the tide of infection. The fear of germs has recently been raised to a level not seen since the days of SARS or the pandemic flu. It's now a matter of time to see whether the fears will be realized or fade away as the athletic achievements take over.