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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 medals and their memories of London. We give you o...
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 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.
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."
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.
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.
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 June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with...
The 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.
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?
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 international study suggests. The incidence of i...
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.
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 fourth medal in three Olympics, in the K-1 1,000 me...
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.
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 watch from our couches. But there’s actually plenty us...
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...
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 - 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
Now that the first week of the Games are over and we've had a chance to see thousands of the world's hottest athletes in action, we think we can more scientifically say which of the world's runners, d...
LONDON - Canada's Karen Cockburn has reached the podium at the last three Summer Games. She's a favourite to add a fourth career medal on Saturday in women's trampoline at the North Greenwich Arena.Co...
Kate, is that you?! We hardly recognize you without your Olympic go-to outfit. But my, are we excited to see you change it up and swap your navy jacket for a bold red blazer. And polka dots?! What a s...
UPDATE Aug. 8, 3:15 pm: Despite an amazing push at the end of her race, Hilary Stellingwerff did not qualify for the final of the 1500m. She finished in a time of 4:05.57, just narrowly being edged ou...
Canada went into the London Olympics with the goal of placing in the top 12 in the medal standings. As the first week of competition draws to a close Canada's medal count stands at a healthy seven med...