Tag Archives: Athletes

PyeongChang 2018: Friendship first – American luger stunned by Russian athlete’s generosity

Getty Images

Silver medalist Chris Mazdzer of the United States poses during the medal ceremony for the Luge Men’s Singles at Medal Plaza on Feb. 11, 2018 in Pyeongchang | ANDREAS RENTZ/GETTY IMAGES

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Olympics – PyeongChang, Uncategorized

Sochi 2014: The NHL’s blatant provocation against the Olympics

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*

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men's hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC on Friday. Photo: Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men's hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

The NHL can only drool over the figures. The Canada-U.S. men’s hockey semifinal drew a television audience of more than 15 million for CBC. (Photo) Corey Perry of Canada tries a wraparound on Jonathan Quick of the USA as he is defended by Cam Fowler during first period action in the men’s hockey semifinal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, February 21, 2014 | Jean Levac/Postmedia News

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

1 Comment

Filed under Athletes, Olympics - Sochi

Olympic groups wasting millions while athletes struggled to get to Rio

By NICK FILLMORE*

Artist’s rendering of the stylized LED-light Olympic flame that will ’burn‘ outside the Canadian Olympic Committee offices at Olympic House in Montreal.

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Athletes, Olympics – Rio de Janeiro

More than 40 per cent of retired NFLers have brain injury signs

Daily Beast – More than 40 per cent of retired National Football League players had signs of traumatic brain injuries, a new study from the American Academy of Neurology showed. The finding – based on MRI scans – is a definitive link between brain injury and professional football, the study’s author argues. This new report comes from “one of the largest studies to date in living retired NFL players,” as well as the “first to demonstrate significant objective evidence for traumatic brain injury in these former players,” said author Dr. Francis X. Conidi. He said in a press release: “The rate of traumatic brain injury was significantly higher in the players than that found in the general population.”

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Are you flipping kidding me?

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays throws his bat up in the air after he hits a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers in game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto | Toronto Star

Jose Bautista, Right Fielder / Toronto Blue Jays - The Players' Tribune

 (November 9, 2015) – Let me take you inside my head for a second. It’s Game 5 of the ALDS against Texas. Do or die. Tie game, seventh inning. Two men on. Two outs.

I was standing in the on-deck circle when we knocked in the tying run, and the crowd just exploded. Imagine standing there on the field and looking up at 50,000 people going crazy. Then I took that lonely walk to the plate with everything on the line. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

EULOGY TO WILMA

Wilma Rudolph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(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

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

London 2012: Meet the real International Olympic Committee

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

Leave a comment

Filed under Olympics – London