Cuban long jumper youngest man to win field event at world indoor athletics championships

Juan Miguel Echevarria’s leap of 8.46 metres was a personal best as he won gold in the men’s long jump at the world indoor athletics championships.

Cuba's Juan Miguel Echevarria celebrates after winning the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England.

Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria celebrates after winning the long jump at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England | MICHAEL STEELE/ GETTY IMAGES FOR IAAF


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Canadian women’s national team: the myth of small town hockey


Is this small town hockey? |


A Maclean’s Magazine article by Aaron Hutchins asks “What can our big cities learn from Ste. Anne, Man.?” in regards to producing “a women’s hockey juggernaut, brought to you by small cities and towns.”  Of the 23 players on the national women’s team, none of them hail from any Canada’s five largest cities, which together account for 21 per cent of the Canadian population. Instead, 17 are from hometowns of less than 250,000 people. The article is an ode to the virtues of smaller communities for athlete development, focusing on increased ice time, less structured play on outdoor rinks, and even being safer. While there is some truth to these arguments (but not the safety one, the opposite is actually true; though nowhere in Canada is as dangerous as people often imagine), this romanticization is quite misleading. Continue reading

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Reality check. A strange claim about Indigenous women on the Canadian hockey team

How many Indigenous women have participated in the 20 years of women’s hockey at the Winter Olympics? The sports media, which is expressing concern about parity, has made a sorry record sorrier.

Indigenous athletes Brigette Lacquette and Jocelyne Larocque | Canadian Press

Several times during the Gold Medal match between the USA and Canada at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, CBC broadcaster Matt Lee erroneously stated that 25-year-old defenceman Brigette Lacquette, a Cote First Nations woman from Mallard, Manitoba (about 300 km northwest of Winnipeg on the border with Saskatchewan), was the first Indigenous member of the Canadian team. Continue reading

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IOC’s double standards: one for the US, another for everyone else?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is allowing goalies from the US Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey to wear painted helmets depicting the Statue of Liberty, although they violate IOC rules on political symbols and iconography. The team will play Canada for the gold medal of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Wednesday. Continue reading

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The Hope Solo Olympic Medal for Sore Loser (2): US men’s hockey coach

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The U.S. men’s hockey team massively lost their qualifying gold medal game, 4-0, on February 17 at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics,

The Russians did it. Continue reading

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The inaugural Hope Solo Sore Losers Olympic Medal goes to the CBC

2016.08.19.100 4x100 relay


(August 20, 2016, first posted on Facebook by Tony Seed) – In its post-race coverage of the men’s 4×100 relay race at the Rio Olympics, CBC Olympic anchor Scott Russell and fellow CBC broadcasters repeatedly recalled several instances – the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, the London 2012 Olympics, etc. – when the Canadian national men’s team had been “robbed” of a medal. In a final wrap-up late Friday, August 19, on The National, senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault pontificated from the CBC newsroom in Canada that “at the London Olympics the team was stripped of its medal. Now, finally, justice has been done.” Continue reading

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Olympic imperialism

Ye Shiwen, 16, Gold Medal 400m Medley Swim.

FLASHBACK – The Western press lashed out as one against China’s medal-winning athletes at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Without the slightest shred of evidence, it systematically raised suspicions of doping, pointing the finger in particular at the young swimmer Ye Shiwen. MANLIO DINUCCI* reminds us that such anti-Chinese racism has a bitter taste of déjà vu. Continue reading

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