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This article, first published on February 21, 2014 during the Sochi Winter Olympics, exposes both the aim and the method of how the NHL, hand in hand with the sports media, began creating the conditions to justify launching its own private “World Cup of Hockey.”
The discourse runs like this: we poor owners have been victimized and our fans short-changed and held hostage by the Olympics, because “the best league in the world has been shut down” (Prime Time Sports, Rogers Sportsnet, February 18, 2014). “Just look at our empty buildings.” It is reminiscent of the old saw about the thief crying “stop thief!” | TONY SEED*
SEEMINGLY out of the blue, the National Hockey League (NHL) based in New York sent their fabled Stanley Cup trophy to Sochi. The media slavered when it made its appearance at Canada House on Monday, February 17th. The iconic silver trophy had seemingly fallen from the sky or appeared as if a gift from the gods of sport with a spiritual significance comparable to a burning bush.
In the media euphoria, Canadian Olympic members were organized to pose with the trophy and world champion figure skater Patrick Chan to bless it with a kiss.
Four-time Olympian skier Brian Stemmle, also a CBC analyst, denounced the maneouvre, rightly asking: “Why is the Stanley Cup at Canada House in Sochi? Other athletes don’t bring their trophies. Hate when hockey tries to overshadow other sports.”
A new diversion began. Continue reading
By NICK FILLMORE*
Dozens of athletes from Canada and thousands from developing countries have had a difficult time raising the money needed to train and take part in the Olympics Games in Brazil.
In Canada, more than two dozen world-class athletes were so hard up for support that they resorted to launching crowdfunding campaigns to supplement the money they receive from government and perhaps corporate sponsors. Continue reading
(A TRIBUTE TO WILMA RUDOLPH)
By PETER ELIAS, 1995
Five long years before your birth
Roman plunder spoiled our land
For Ethiopia’s sake you ran
And proudly took the victory stand.
By then the Allies had restored
Some sanity to life on earth
You arrived in Rome to show the world
Your triumph from a Dixie birth.
Fired up by Jesse’s feat
In that adjacent Axis city
With grace and pace for all to see
Gold, not one, or two, but three.
Countless other women tried
To reach your mark and failed
Battling on with maladies
Wilma’s will to live prevailed.
In track you carved your personal path
From Tennessee to Italy
Reaching ever for the stars
The best that you could ever be
We said goodbye to you O QUEEN
In the Fall of ninety-four
We dearly miss that golden smile
And the heart that beats no more.
*Note: Wilma Rudolph overcame major health problems (childhood polio) and racism in the US south to compete in two Olympic Games and become a triple Olympic champion. She was the first American woman to win three gold medals at a single Olympics in 1960, at the Summer Games in Rome. She was considered the fastest woman in the world. Her life is a great inspiration for us, as we face today’s many challenges.
From Earth, Wind and Fire, by Peter Elias, Halifax, 1995
MEET THE International Olympic Committee, the folks in the priority traffic lanes, the best hotels and the best and empty seats at the London (and before that Vancouver) Olympics, allegedly the “most ethical Games ever.” Who are these people enjoying such exceptional privileges and extraordinary prerogatives? Continue reading