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

2016.08.19.100 4x100 relay

FLASHBACK 

(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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The American womens’ 4X100m that failed to qualify earlier today, gets a “do over”

American womens’ 4X100m

American women’s 4X100m relay team

From a Facebook post by Tony Seed on August 19, 2016

The American womens’ 4X100m relay team that failed to qualify earlier today got a “do over.”

Allyson Felix lost her balance during a baton exchange after making contact with a Brazilian sprinter, but that it did not make her drop the baton; she threw it away like a hot potato. Perhaps she knew they could complain and get a re-run. This team had lost fair and square; the incident is what can be considered a normal hazard of competition and the U.S. team should not have been afforded a second chance. Sport can and should allow for such failures, as it is fair and healthy. Continue reading

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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

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