Olympic Hearts Posts
With 150 days until Canada Day when our country will celebrate its 150th anniversary, I thought it was a good time to look back on Canadian Olympic memories. We'll see if I end up with 150 moments to celebrate before Canada Day.
It was recently announced that Quebec City will host the Cross-Country Skiing World Cup Finals March 17-19th 2017. With this event on the second weekend of March Break, it's a great time to visit this charming city and see the world's best cross-country skiers compete on the Plains of Abraham in the final competition of the season.
Leading up to the 2012 Olympics, I shared an article from CTV Olympics that I wished I had written. It was "12 Reasons to Watch the 2012 Olympics".
This time around, I have had fun compiling my own list of 16 reasons to watch the 2016 Olympics. Thanks to CTV for the inspiration.
With the WADA report offering even more evidence of the state sponsored doping in Russia, everyone is wondering whether Russia should be allowed to compete in Rio. With the 2016 Olympics less than three weeks away, this should be the priority for the IOC but just as important, what should happen to the 33 medals won by Russia in Sochi?
In one month, athletes will walk into the Maracanã Stadium in Rio for the opening of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad.
Many athletes already know that they will be there but there are still many more who will punch their ticket to Rio in the coming weeks and in particular Canada's track and field trials are this weekend in Edmonton.
Prior to most Olympic Games, the media will focus on the negatives and uncertainties. The Rio Olympics are getting their fair share of negative stories but once the Games start in one month, there will be many more positive stories to focus on.
In 6 months, athletes will walk into Maracanã stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Part of me is very excited while another part of me is feeling ... uneasy may be the best word to use.
I often have rants, but don't like to share them. My blog is called Olympic Hearts because I want to share what I love, but there are times when I get upset and need to rant.
I haven't blogged much in the past few months. I am trying to catch up on posts I started and posts I meant to write. Looking at my drafts, I found this post that I wrote on the first weekend of the Pan Am Games.
For the first time, Toronto was host to a World Cup Speed Skating event at the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke. I attended the Friday heats session and the Saturday session with the 500m/1500m finals as well as the semi-finals of the relays. I had a ticket for Sunday as well, but my daughter was in a soccer tournament with two games on Sunday so I chose to see her team win the tournament rather than seeing Canada's best short track speed skaters.
Recently I have been remembering a blog post I wrote back in 2009 entitled "Lose Canada Lose". You can read the post here.
At the time, the media was being especially harsh on our athletes who were not performing up to par at World Championship competitions.
Arriving at the Closing Ceremony was a bit emotional, realizing this would be the last time I would see the cauldron lit.
The Track and Field competition was very exciting on the two evenings I attended. I was lucky to see some of Canada's top athletics competitors including past and future Olympians.
My seat wasn't ideal for the medal ceremonies, finish line or some field events but was perfect for the second turn of track events, high jump and start of victory laps.
Trampoline was one of the sports held at the Toronto Coliseum at Exhibition Place with a beautiful view of the CN Tower. Here are some of my favourite photos.