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The Summer Olympics in Toronto…and Chicago?

In Canada, London, Olympics, South of the boarder, Sports, The World Comes To Toronto, Toronto on August 6, 2012 at 16:51

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So I’m watching the Summer Olympics and getting into the spirit of it all. Also the envy of, “wouldn’t it be cool if we had the Olympics here, in the T-Dot.” Of course this is madness. The economy is in the shitter. Toronto has failed twice in the last 20 years. Atlanta in 1996 and Beijing in 2008. We’ve got the Pan Olympics happening in 2015 but that’s like the Triple “A” of sporting events. No the Olympics in Toronto might be a far distant want. But what if Toronto got some help. What if we teamed up with another city. No not Mississauga or Hamilton. Ottawa might be cool but I’m thinking bigger, much bigger. Why not look outside of our province. Heck outside of the country. My pick would be Chicago!?! What the heck are you talking about. How/Why would Chicago even think about partnering with us. In one word, Money! Chicago has already put their hat into the ring for the 2016 Olympics and was handed a first ballet boot to the ass. Foot in mouth was felt throughout Michigan Ave and City Hall.  Beating chests and red, white and blue did nothing for the Olympic committee.  Heck not even the President could get the Olympic committee to look their way.  But a dual bid from two of the largest cities in North America could be very attractive.

Here’s my break down of who does what

Opening Ceremonies – Chicago
Closing Ceremonies – Toronto
Track and Field – Chicago

Pentathlon – Chicago

Triathlon – Toronto
Aquatics – Toronto
Gymnastics – Chicago
Cycling – Toronto
Courts (basketball, volleyball) – Chicago
Canoeing, Kayaking and Rowing – Toronto
Equestrian – Toronto
Boxing, wrestling – Chicago
Judo, Taekwondo- Toronto

Weight Lifting – Toronto

Wrestling – Toronto

Soccer – Toronto

Baseball – Chicago

Softball – Chicago

Golf – Toronto

Field Hockey – Toronto

Sailing Toronto, Chicago

Tennis & Badminton – Chicago

Archery – Toronto

Hey it could happen..maybe

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The @CityofLdnOnt rocks!

In Canada, Olympics, Sports, The World on July 25, 2012 at 11:35

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No Olympics for London, Ontario or London, Norway, or London, Nigeria or Little London, Jamaica.

That’s just fine.

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London…We’re making fun of you now!!

In Have to Laugh, London, Olympics, Vancouver, YouTube on May 20, 2010 at 10:22

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To say that the London Olympic Mascots are odd looking is an understatement.  After the ribbing Vancouver got for the games and our mascots, London 2012 looks like it start off as joke and continue riding that “laugh at me” mentality.

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Wenlock and Mandeville

Here’s the break down of what these two wacky characters are all about

1) The markings on Wenlock’s head represent the three levels of the Olympic podium, where athletes are awarded their medals. He is named after the Shropshire village of Much Wenlock, whose annual games inspired the founder of the modern Olympic moevement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to create the Olympics.

2) Mandeville’s aerodynamic helmet features the three Paralympic colours – red, blue and green. He takes his name from Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, where injured soldiers competed in a sports tournament that was a forerunner of the modern Paralympic movement.

3) The mascots’ helmets include a light inspired by the signs on top of London taxis. They both contain an initial – W for Wenlock and M for Mandeville.

4) Strikingly, the mascots have just one eye each. They are intended to represent focus, and also resemble the cameras through which the public will view and record the tournament.

5) Wenlock wears five friendship bracelets, in the colours of the Olympic rings.

6) Mandeville wears a personal best timer to keep track of his performance.

7) Both mascots are emblazoned with the London 2012 logo, which was launched to a mixed response in 2007.

8) The mascots owe their curved, metallic forms to their industrial origins. According to a background story written by the children’s author Michael Morpurgo, they were crafted by a character called Grandpa George from the last drops of steel used to build the Olympic Stadium.

9) While predominantly silver, Wenlock is painted with flashes of gold and bronze, to represent all of the Olympic medals.

10) The mascots both appear in athletic poses. In merchandise to go on sale in advance of the Games they will be shown competing in various Olympic events.

Now I’m not going to beat down on the good folks of London the way they did about Vancouver…I’ll allow the reporters to give you the real spin on just how bad this is.  This is going to be fun.

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You can read Heidi Blake’s full article in the London Telegraph here

Apparently hewn from the “last drops of steel” left over from constructing the final support girder of the Olympic Stadium, the one-eyed creatures are intended to help young people relate to the Games.

But branding experts last night called them “a calamity” and accused Olympic bosses of wasting thousands of pounds on their creation.

Stephen Bayley, the prominent design critic, said: “What is it about these Games which seems to drive the organisers into the embrace of this kind of patronising, cretinous infantilism? Why can’t we have something that makes us sing with pride, instead of these appalling computerised Smurfs for the iPhone generation?

“If the Games are going to be remembered by their art then we can declare them a calamitous failure already.”

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic games, defended the mascots, saying they would inspire young people to engage with sport.

“We’ve created our mascots for children. By linking young people to the values of sport, Wenlock and Mandeville will help inspire kids to strive to be the best they can be,” he said.

But critics said the design would leave young people baffled. Aaron Shields, a partner at the design agency BrandInstict, said: “I don’t think people are going to relate to these very modern creations. The first rule of mascot creation is to make something familiar and accessible, not something alien. This is just going to be seen as another disappointment coming out of the Olympic games.”

You can read Joe O’Connor’s full article in the National Post here

Olympic mascots: Who’s laughing now, London?

They were mean, those British journalists. They mocked us, openly. When the entire world was watching the Vancouver Winter Olympics a few months back, the British press was pointing fingers, laughing until their sides began to ache.

The B.C. weather was foggy and soggy, instead of snow white. Our Olympic cauldron was missing a leg. Ticketing to events was an absolute mess.

The Vancouver Games were an “operational scourge,” one British scribe opined, as the rest of the English tabloids piled on bashing their hosts for providing London organizers with a “manual on how not to run an Olympic Games.”

London 2012 would be better. How could it possibly be worse?

You can read Sarah Boesveld full article in the Globe and Mail here

Canadian Richard Paterson summed up the Olympic national culture wars on his blog Wednesday night. “Cool the new London Olympic Mascot is a male body part!” he wrote. “Gosh we Canadians are going to have fun with the Brits.”
TOUGH CRITICS
Are London’s Wenlock and Mandeville the most bizarre Olympics mascots yet? Here’s what people are saying:
ON TWITTER
@Ivykite: THIS IS FROM THE SAME COUNTRY THAT GAVE US TELETUBBIES. I AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL
TonyClement_MP Hey just back online. Saw the pic of the UK mascots. See what happens when you create a Coalition?? #scarymascots
LONDONIST.COM
“These take the form of two morphologically challenged Cyclops with barely a mouth or nose between them.”
ASSOCIATED PRESS
“The London 2012 organizers unveiled their Olympic mascots Wednesday and they look like they were plucked from a bad modern art museum”

I want my Stanley Cup to come back home

In Canada, Hockey, Me Myself & I, Olympics, Toronto, YouTube on April 25, 2010 at 13:48

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“Even if it doesn’t happen this year, Canada’s Stanley Cup drought will likely end soon. And here’s some more good news: it probably won’t be the Leafs that stop the famine.”  That quote is from the Ottawa Citizen’s Mark Sutcliffe.  His full article can be read here, but he got me thinking.  With the Senators flaming out last night 4-3 in OT, Montreal and Vancouver are it for 2010.  The likelihood of the Canadians beating the Washington Capitals in 7 is pretty unlikely.  Vancouver could go deep (like the next series) but that’s about it.

Is that about for us here in Canada.  I mean, sure we won gold in the Olympics.  Yeah that was bigger than big…

but this is Lord Stanley’s Cup right?  I think 17 years is more than enough time to stay south of the boarder.

I just want my cup to come back home thats all.

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You can read Mark Sutcliffe full article in The Ottawa Citizen’s here

How long has it been since a Canadian team last won the Stanley Cup? Let’s put it this way: It happened way back when a baseball team called the Lynx were the toast of Ottawa, on their way to shattering an attendance record.

Canada has actually won a World Series since the last time it won an NHL championship. Here’s another fact that will make you say “Whuck?”: Canada has gone longer without a Stanley Cup winner than the U.S. has gone without a Grey Cup champion.

It has been 17 years since the Montreal Canadiens won the Cup in June 1993. That’s almost three times the longest previous drought, a stretch of six years from 1936 to 1941.

Other than that dry spell and the Islanders dynasty from 1980 to 1983, in 101 years Canada never went longer than two years without a championship. And now we’re on a losing streak longer than Justin Bieber’s life. For almost two decades, the Cup has been brought home to cities where the majority of residents wouldn’t know a governor general from a prime minister and think Lord Stanley’s hardware is probably a set of hand tools.

And there’s a good chance the current streak will stretch even longer. Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t put a single Canadian team in the Top 5 favourites to win the Stanley Cup this year…

He didn’t need to see the finish line to win it all

In Canada, Olympics, Sports, West Coast on March 16, 2010 at 09:01

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After being left off the Canadian Olympic Team, Brian McKeever wins Gold with the Paralympic Team in the 20-kilometre cross-country ski race yesterday.  McKeever joined  Lauren Woolstencroft and Karolina Wisniewska who Gold and Bronze respectively in women’s standing slalom.  Canada ranks 3rd with 2 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze.

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You can read The Globe and Mail’s full article here

McKeever wins Canada’s first Paralympic gold at home

Brian McKeever is legally blind, but he knew exactly where he was going when he set out on a 20-kilometre race with his brother, Robin, as a guide.

His sights were set on finishing first. And less than one hour later, after setting a gruelling pace through the dark, foggy hills at the Whistler Paralympic Park that left their competitors trailing well behind, they, together, claimed the first gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Games.

“That was a lot of fun. It meant a lot. That was the one we were waiting to win and that’s the one we really wanted,” Brian McKeever said Monday, shortly after the race ended in front of a home crowd that tried – but couldn’t quite – hold back its cheers so the blind skier could hear instructions shouted by the guide.

The McKeever brothers, whose powerful, unflagging strides seem perfectly synchronized, said they didn’t mind that the crowd ignored organizers’ requests to wave their hands silently instead of cheering.

“It wasn’t a quiet stadium when we rolled through…[but] it doesn’t matter if it’s quiet or loud. I just follow Robin,” said Brian, who is almost sightless as a result of Stargardt’s disease.

“You feel quite confident to go into the next classic race, the 10 k. Brian is much stronger in classic than I am, so I think the issue will be the guiding there. We’re just looking forward to that 10 k, for sure. From there the biathlon is, you know, it’s hit and miss, and [then] we’ll see about the sprinting.”

And beyond that, they have their sights set on the next Olympic Games.

“I want another shot at the Olympics for sure and we’re already starting to plan to see how we can get there,” said Brian

You can read CTVOlympics.ca’s full article here
Woolstencroft gold, Wisniewska bronze in standing slalom

Canada’s Lauren Woolstencroft decimated the field in the women’s standing category slalom race to take Canada’s second gold medal of the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games with a combined calculated time of one minute, 51.97 seconds.

Woolstencroft had built more than a two second lead after the first run, and attacked in the second run to open up the margin even further.

“I’ve had some experience being in that position, so you know, I kind of looked back on that,” she explained. “It was nice to have a couple of delays and get used to seeing the crowd. It’s crazy. I have so much family here. It’s nice to win on home soil. On my first run, I was pretty focused and I didn’t see the crowd. On my second run, I could hear it [the crowd] from the start gate. I just wanted to get to the finish line.”

Canadian Hockey in Washinton DC…kinda

In Canada, da Beer, Hockey, Olympics, Politico, South of the boarder on March 14, 2010 at 10:20

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The U.S. Press secretary Robert Gibbs lost a bet with Canadian PMO press secretary Dimitri Soudas.  Along with having to wear Team Canada’s Hockey jersey Mr. Gibbs also had to shell out for a 24 pack of Molson Canadian.  Though he did cheat a tad with his Canadian attire.  His high lighted numbers on the back of the jersey had Ryan Millar’s number 39 on it.  Tisk Tisk.

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You can watch the video CBS.com here

1400+ days until the next Winter Olympics Games

In Canada, Media, Olympics, Them Kids, West Coast on March 7, 2010 at 11:06

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Yeah I’m not over it yet. It’s been a week since the ‘kid’ turned into a ‘Man’. The NHL is feeling tad boring right now. Not that any of the videos I’ve linked too will bring back that magic, it’s always nice to remember.

If you didn’t get to see this great commercial with Michael J. Fox, here’s you chance. Also some other

At 48 (that “61” on his sweater reps the year he was born), he’s been an American citizen for years. So really he’s the perfect guy to set all this up and also to remind us that which ever nation wins Sunday, it’s just a game. The victory for Fox is being able to lace up a pair of CCM Tacks, flip a puck on the ice and pick a corner, tremors be damned. Go Canada, and donate to Parkinson’s research at the Michael J. Fox Foundation here.

Just in case you don’t understand “The Beautiful Game” here’s Pat Kelly to give you the 411

“I’m Shipping Up To Boston” by Dropkick Murphys

I’m Sick…yeah right

Fate…was forced!

Just so you know…we take Hockey personally here in Canada

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Four seconds: Sidney Crosby’s goal like you’ve never seen it
How a few minor mistakes, barely noticeable acts of brilliance and decades of preparation handed Sidney Crosby – and Canada – a golden moment
March 7, 2010 Mary Ormsby

The goal is just a week old but it has already achieved the historic heft only a hockey nation can bestow.

Paul Henderson, the shinny scales of importance have shifted. Sidney Crosby is Canada’s freshly minted ice icon.

Crosby’s quick draw on American goaltender Ryan Miller last Sunday clinched an Olympic title for Canada. After three full periods and seven minutes and 40 seconds of overtime, the goal came in a four-second crucible of action that Crosby both initiated and finished. That frantic fragment of time included at least two dozen vital on-ice decisions.

From deteriorating ice to an official’s skate, from an urgent cry to a hit from behind, from a lowered head to the tilt of a stick, the thrilling game-breaker was no simple lucky shot, as Crosby has modestly suggested.

How do we know? The Toronto Star deconstructed those final four seconds.

We spoke to key players on the ice, on the bench and in Vancouver’s GM Place. We interviewed veteran NHL referee Bill McCreary, who was officiating his third Olympic gold medal final. And yes – if you listen carefully to the video – you can actually hear No. 87 scream, “Iggy!” over the murmuring crowd to get the attention of Jarome Iginla.

What became clear was it took the uncommon skills – physical, intellectual and intuitive – of a once-in-a-generation player to grab gold in four seconds.

Crosby later described the golden grenade fired through Miller’s legs this way: “I just shot it, maybe it went five-hole.”

But Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke, who was Team USA’s GM in Vancouver, begs to differ. “He was gracious in his comments by saying, `I don’t remember what I did,'” Burke says of Crosby. “But that’s bullshit.”

You can and SHOULD follow this link to read and view the rest of the article Here

With Glowing Hearts The Paralympics Torch Run Begins

In Canada, Media, Olympics, Sports, The World, West Coast on March 4, 2010 at 21:23
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To the rest of the world… bring it.
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Paralympic Games see sponsorship, expanded TV coverage as keys to growth

By Steve Mertl (CP) – 20 hours ago

VANCOUVER, B.C. — There’s no question the Vancouver Winter Paralympics are a more intimate affair than the big Olympic show that just folded its tent and left town.

There are five events instead of 15, and 1,350 disabled athletes compared with about 2,600 Olympic competitors.

The torch run that begins with the Paralympic flame being lit Wednesday in Ottawa hopscotches to Vancouver over 10 days, instead of the Olympics flame’s 106-day, 45,000-kilometre odyssey that started in Greece.

But the Paralympics are in growth mode and after five decades have evolved from an off-year adjunct to the Olympics into a fully-fledged partner staged in the same host city.

The Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee did not set up a separate group to plan the Paralympics, says Sir Philip Craven, International Paralympic Committee president.

“They’ve gone out right from the start with the intention for it to be one organizing committee and two connected Games in a great festival of sport, and I think it is fantastic,” he says.

Nowhere is the evolution more evident than with sponsorship, a key factor in expanding the Paralympics’ presence.

Korean electronics giant Samsung signed on last week as a worldwide partner for the Paralympics – a position it also holds with the Olympics – as well as an official sponsor of the Vancouver Paralympics.

“The Paralympic Games is part of the Olympic movement,” says Samsung vice-president Gyehyun Kwon, the company’s head of worldwide sports marketing. “It’s inseparable.”

Samsung joins Visa, tech company Atos Origin and Otto Bock, a German health-care company as an International Paralympic Committee global sponsor.

Craven says the addition of Samsung has helped open doors to approach other potential sponsors.

The head of the Canadian Paralympic Committee agrees. Carla Qualtrough says as awareness of Paralympic sport grows, sponsors will see the value of affiliating with the Games at different levels.

“I think the leaders, the forerunners, will be the ones who shine, who get the best deals, for lack of a less crass way of saying it, because the value of the movement will increase,” says Qualtrough, who swam for Canada at the 1988 Paralympics in Seoul.

The dollars, of course, are a fraction of the hundreds of millions in play for Olympic sponsorships.

For example, the Canadian Paralympic Committee’s budget for a Games year is about $3.5 million, roughly half of which has come from sponsorships.

Host-city organizers do their own fundraising. Vancouver’s organizing committee has not broken out how much it raised specifically from Paralympic sponsorships.

The pitch to potential sponsors is canny.

“You can get a lot more bang for your buck when you sponsor the Paralympic side,” says Qualtrough. “There’s not as many rules, there’s not as many conditions (as with Olympic sponsorship).”

A dearth of competition for sponsor slots allows companies to be more creative in their Paralympic programs, she says.

“You have access to people who as a matter of course think outside the box,” Qualtrough points out. “We do sport differently, we solve problems differently. We’re quite creative thinkers out of necessity.”

Shrewdly, the Canadian Paralympic Committee opted not to sell its team-sponsorship rights to Vancouver Games organizers with rights to Paralympic symbols. That leaves room for deals with firms that don’t have the budget for a full Games sponsorship.

“So we can go off and sell our teams and have been quite successful,” she says.

Qualtrough stops short of calling the Vancouver Paralympics a breakthrough. The 2008 Beijing Summer Games were seen as a significant advance. Vancouver moves the bar even further.

Her committee has a list of firsts, though: the first time the word Paralympic has been in the organizing committee’s name, the first time the Olympic and Paralympic flags have flown side by side at city hall, the first Paralympic countdown clock.

“So there’s that kind of symbolic first that people notice,” Qualtrough says.

She also acknowledges the role of former mayor Sam Sullivan, a quadriplegic since breaking his neck skiing as a teenager, in pushing to make Vancouver the most accessible Games ever.

Sullivan, an international celebrity since twirling the Olympic flag in his wheelchair at the 2006 Turin Games, has been named Canada’s ambassador for these Paralympics.

But the biggest advance has been in the Paralympics’ media footprint.

Craven notes the Games will get 150 hours of live and delayed TV coverage, more than Beijing.

In Canada, host broadcaster CTV is committed to 50 hours of coverage through its various channels.

“That is more cumulatively than has ever been broadcast of Canadian Paralympics in the history of the movement,” Qualtrough says.

The expansion of coverage is crucial to growing the Paralympic movement, she says.

“The more people become aware of Paralympic sports – whether it be sponsors or the public or some child with a disability sitting on his couch at home, or their parents – the more you’ll understand it, the more you’ll want to become involved in it.”

That kind of exposure inspired Jean Labonte, the 40-year-old captain of Canada’s sledge-hockey team. He lost a leg to cancer at age 17, ending his dream of an NHL career.

But he discovered sledge hockey watching the 1994 Lillehammer Games.

“Right there I thought I want to be part of that,” he says.

Labonte’s new goal was to be on the team for the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan. He achieved that and will be at his fourth Games in Vancouver.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5h-_9dr6rNF5kXOUt0Mch0bBc-Mww

How the musical part of the closing ceremonies should have gone

In Canada, Entertainment, Have to Laugh, Me Myself & I, Media, Music, Olympics, Pictures, The World, Them Kids, West Coast on March 3, 2010 at 15:33

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This goes out to everyone that watched the closing ceremonies of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics:  On behalf of the many Canadian Twitters that enjoy and love Canadian Music, we just want to say sorry for the lack luster effort we put out for you, the WOLRD to see.  After Neil Young’s Long May You Run this is who you should have seen and what you should have heard.  Again sorry.

Cheers,

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after the comedy montage and Michael Buble’s Maple Leaf Forever

Neil Young’s Long May You Run

From Quebec

Céline Dion  – any song as long as she’s only on stage for about 1.45 seconds 🙂

Rufus Wainwright’s Slideshow

Arcade Fire’s Wake Up

Sam Roberts’ Them Kids

The Dears’ Lights Off

West Coast

Swollen Members’ Pressure

Matthew Good’s Load Me Up

Bif Naked’s Tango Shoes

Mother Mother’s O My Heart

Rascalz and Friends’ Northern Touch

Central Canada

Nickelback’s Photograph (They don’t even have to take the stage…just play a huge photo montage of the last 17 days of Canada’s Athletes)

Feist’s I Feel It All

Ontario

Tragically Hip’s 50 Mission Cup

Metric’s Live It Out

Treble Chargers’ Hundred Million

Esthero’s Country Livin’ (The World I Know)

East Coast

Wintersleep’s Weighty Ghost

Great Big Sea’s When I’m Up (I can’t get down)

Joel Plaskett’s Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’

Classifed’s Oh Canada

Get Everyone Back On Stage To Finish With This Song

K’naan’s Waving Flag

So of course I’m missing some epic Northern Canadian Music so if you have some ideas send them my way.

The Pictures of The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Game Part 2

In Canada, Olympics, Pictures, Sports, West Coast on March 2, 2010 at 10:58

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Pictures speak a thousand words.  Here’s a few million more.

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Our Olympians

Jennifer Heli captures Silver on Day 2~ Canada’s First Olympic Medal of 2010

Kristina Groves captures Brozen on Day 2 ~ 3000 Metre Speed Skating

Alexandre Bilodeau gets it done with Gold on Day 3 ~ Canada first Gold Medal as a host country

Mike Robertson captures Silver on Day 4 ~ Men’s Snowboard Cross

Maelle Ricker captures Gold on Day 5 ~ Women’s Snowboard Cross

Marianne St-Gelais captures Silver on Day 6 ~ Women’s 500m Short Track Speed Skating

Christine Nesbitt captures Gold on Day 7 ~ Women’s 1000m Speed Skating

Jon Montgomery captures Gold on Day 8 ~ Men’s Skeleton Race

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir capture Gold on Day 11 ~ Ice Dance

Ashleigh McIvor captures Gold on Day 12 ~ Skicross

Kaillie Humphries, Heather Moyse, Helen Upperton and Shelley-Ann Brown capture Gold and Silver on Day 13 ~ Women’s Bobsleigh

Clara Hughes captures Bronze on Day 13 ~ Women’s 5000m Speed Skating

Jessica Gregg, Kalyna Roberge, Marianne St-Gelais and Tania Vicent capture Silver on Day 13 ~ Women’s 3000m Speed Skating Relay

Women’s  Canada Hockey Team Wins Gold on Day 14

Joannie Rochette captures a Bronze medal on Day 14 ~ Women’s Figure Skating

Olivier Jean, Charles Hamelin, Francois Hamelin, Guillaume Bastille and Francois-Louis Tremblay capture Gold on Day 15 ~ Men’s 5000-metre relay Short-track Speed Skating

Kristie Moore, Cori Bartel, Carolyn Darbyshire, Susan O’Connor and skip Cheryl Bernard  capture the  Silver Medal on Day 15 ~ Women’s Curling

Ben Hebert, Marc Kennedy, John Morris and skip Kevin Martin capture the Gold on Day 16 ~ Men’s Curling

Jasey-Jay Anderson capture Gold on Day 16 ~ Men’s Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding

Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux win Gold on Day 16 ~   Men’s Speedskating Team Pursuit

Lyndon Rush, Chris Le Bihan, Dave Bissett and Lascelles Brown capture Bronze on Day 16 ~ Men’s 4 man Bobsleigh

Men’s Canada Hockey Team Wins Gold on Day 17

Below is the English version of the credo that adorned a wall in the Team Canada dressing room in Vancouver. There also was a French version. It was written by Canadian head coach Mike Babcock with help from a friend from their Saskatoon days, Rick Larsen. He runs the Chicago advertising firm Leo Burnett.

  • LEAVE NO DOUBT
  • That this is our game.
  • That this is our time.
  • That 14 days in February will be 2 weeks for the ages.
  • That every day counts.
  • That every meeting matters.
  • That every practice makes a difference.
  • That each one of us will rise to every occasion.
  • That this isn’t about us, it’s about our country.
  • That we know 33 million Canadians will attend every game.
  • That home ice is an advantage.
  • That nothing can distract us.
  • That nothing will stop us.
  • That our determination will define us.
  • That we are built to win.
  • That we are a team of character.
  • That we are a team of destiny.
  • So let the world be warned on February 28, 2010, we will …
  • LEAVE NO DOUBT