Sunday, February 28, 2010
Tonight's blog is going to be a bit different. Hope you have enjoyed the daily recaps!
1. Men's Hockey
The big question was gold or silver? Canada was facing a rematch against the USA. It was going to be a nail bitter with no question. Canada came out to a great start. We shot out to a 2-0 lead in the second period. The USA got a goal to get within 1 goal. With only 25 seconds left in the game the USA tied the game to lead to overtime. Canada dominated in overtime, and came out with the win!
This game was the highlight of the Olympics. It was "the" event of games, and really anything but a gold would have been unacceptable. This game was amazing. It came out with a story tale ending as Crosby scored the winning goal.
Words cannot describe the feelings that happened within the game. Before the game started my family was talking about if we would have paid the $2000 to be at the game. Dad and I both said that we would in a minute. Mom was pretty hesitant. However, when we were standing receiving our medals she quickly changed her mind!
2. Top 5 Olympic medal moments
5. Canadian women winning gold and silver in the 2 man bobsled
4. Joannie Rochette winning bronze after her mothers death
3. Canadian women winning 3rd consecutive Hockey gold
2. Alexandre Bilodeau winning Canada's first gold
1. Canadian Men winning Hockey Gold
The Red Mits
Looking to Sochi
Saturday, February 27, 2010
1. Men's Curling
The one thing the Kevin Martin did not have to his list of things won was an Olympic gold medal. That was until today. In a great game this athlete confirmed that he is the best player to have ever played the game, and is only getting better as time goes by.
2. Men's Speed Skating Team Pursuit
Canada continued on its gold medal ways with a second gold of the day. The men were not expected to beat the USA in this race, but did a great job to come out on top. Yet anther way to close out the Long Track Speed Skating at these Olympic games.
3. Men's Parallel Giant Slalom Snowboarding
This is another one of my favorite events at the Olympic games. 2 of these athletes were featured in a CTV show called Over the Bolts prior to the Olympics. The other member of the team was veteran Jasey Jay Anderson. He said going into these Olympics that they would be his last, and what a way to cap it all off with the 3rd gold medal of the day.
Matthew Morison finished 11th and Michael Lambert finished 12. A great showing for all of these athletes.
4. Men's 4 Man Bobsled
The medals kept rolling in this time with a bronze medal in the 4 Man competition. The USA were heavy favorites coming in and they took the gold. Canada's team anchored by Lyndon Rush were ranked #7 in the world, so a bronze medal is amazing for them. This team hold lots of future for the sport in the years to come.
Pierre Lueders finished his bobsleigh career with a 5th place finish. He was the only veteran on the this team, and it was a disappointing finish to this athletes career. However, he did a great thing in training and passing on his knowledge to 3 other young athletes to take the sport over.
Good stories from today
To bad they didnt want to keep these flights
What a way to win
Such a sad day
Friday, February 26, 2010
1. Men' Hockey
Everyone wanted a rematch of the Canada vs USA game, and that is exactly what they will get. Sunday these 2 teams will face off for the gold medal.
Slovakia put out a great performance tonight and will play Finland for the bronze medal. This will we Slovakia's best finish ever in the Olympics.
2. Women's Curling
This was a bit of a disappointment with Canada only getting silver. Canada had a chance twice to win the game, and let it slip through her hands. Cheryl Bernard still had a great competition, especially for being a rookie on the International scene. Sweden ended up winning the gold medal, a repeat of 2006.
The bronze medal went to China. These girls live and train in Leduc, so they have a great Canadian connection.
3. Men's Short Track 500m
Finally the men got to shine. Tonight was Charles Hamelin's day. This is the best distance for him, and he dominated in this race coming out with a gold medal. Canada also took the bronze by Fransois-Louis Tremblay. We also had a 9th place finish in this race.
4. Short Track Men's 5000m Relay
The men had a busy night tonight as the same 3 men also competed in the 5000m relay, as well as the other Hamelin brother. The guys had broke Olympic records all afternoon in qualifying, so we knew we would be in good contention.
The race was so close that it came down to a photo finish with Canada winning the gold. These men raced so well today to wrap up the speed skating for the 2010 Olympics!
Thought this was very fitting for a Friday afternoon!
By following simple advice heard on the Oprah show, you too can find inner peace.
Dr. Oz proclaimed, 'The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.'
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Both our men and women qualified through to the gold medal games. The women will play tomorrow and the men on saturday. Both teams should have a great shot at gold after dominating though the round robin.
It is almost sad that it is tougher to qualify out of your country, then it is to win an Olympic medal.
2. Women's Figure Skating
What a night for Joannie Rochette. After what is to be expected as one of the worst weeks of her life, she pulled through her loss to win the bronze medal.
The competition was close tonight. The South Korean skater was amazing, and untouchable. She hands down deserved to win the gold medal.
The race came for the bronze and 4th place. To me Joannie is one of the star athletes of the games when you think what she went through and how she performed.3. Women's Hockey
The girls have done it again. 3 Olympics in a row Canada has won the gold medal in the Women's Hockey. They put out a dominate performance tonight winning 2-0 against their rivals team USA. I was really happy to see the girls win, as there are 13 veterans on the team, and a good possibility that not many of them will be back for 2014.
The games definetly are slowing down with less qualifying sports and more medaling going on. This weekend will be a big one and a great way to wrap up the games
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
1. Women's 2 Man Bobsled
What a great day for the Canadians and the sport of bobsled in our country. Not only did we win gold, but we also won silver! Humphries and Moyse dominated right from run 1 to win the gold. Canada 2 consisting of Upperton and Brown should not be over shadowed. These girls worked hard to continually move up in the standings to win the silver medal.
The Russia team who were the reigning gold medalist, had a really unfortunate spill. It really was to bad, as they were in close contention for a medal.
2. Women's Short Track 3000m Relay
Yes another silver medal. And another woman who won it! The 4 women who pushed through their second race of the day did a great job! After finishing in 3rd place the Canadians were bumped up to silver. The Korean team finished in 1st place but was disqualified and striped of their gold medal.
3. Canada vs Russia Men's Hockey
It was about time that the Canadian men started to play as a team. Tonight it finally happened. Canada shot out with a huge lead to win the game and advance to the next round.
Our goal tending was alright tonight, much better then in was against the Swiss, however, we need to really tighten that up to match the skills of Miller.
Friday is our next day, and what a game it will be!
4. Women's Speed Skating 5000m
Clara Hughes has just had an ok Olympics. She has told the media all along that this would be her last Olympics. That is why tonight was so much more special for her. Clara won the bronze medal in her race tonight.
It was a great way for this athlete to end her Olympics and go out with a bang!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
1. Men's 10000m Speed Skating
This article really says it all. Such a disappointment for this athlete.
Even the best make mistakes
Canada did not have anyone competing in this grueling event.
2. Women's Short Program
Canada waited to see how our skating darling Joannie Rochette fared. Just days before her mother passed away of a heart attack after arriving in Vancouver to see her daughter skate.
Joannie is amazing. She had a personal best score, and currently sits in 3rd place. Once she finished the program she broke down in tears.
The Korean and Japanese women definitely did not disappoint. Yu-Na Kim from Korea set a new world record score. She had a great program, and lives and trains in Canada.
The long program should be a great one to watch, and hopefully Canada can say in medal contention.
3. Men's Hockey- Canada vs Germany
Everyone knew this game would be an easy win, and an easy win it was. We blew out the Germans 8-2. Russia will be our next test, and a test it will be!
4. Ladies Ski Cross
This ranks up there as one of the best stories of the games so far. Ashleigh McIvor won Canada another gold medal. Not only did she win a gold medal, but she was the first ever to do so in the sport of Ski Cross.
Back when Ashleigh was in University she was asked to write a paper. Her paper was about how ski cross should be an Olympic sport, because until this year it had not been. As a ski cross athlete Ashleigh pushed for the sport to be recognized by the Olympic committee, and now she won the first goal medal in the sport. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Our other Canadians ended up 5th, 12th and 19th.
Monday, February 22, 2010
1. Men's Cross Country Skiing Team Pursuit
Canada had a great showing in the team pursuit. I haven't featured cross country skiing much, as it is probably one of my least favorite winter sports.
We came into this race ranked 13th in the world, and ended up finishing 4th. Yes I know another 4th place, but it was still a great result for this team.
The big disappointment was the Belarus team as they were doing excellent in their qualification run when less then 500m to go in the race a skier made a wrong turn, that lost him the race.
2. Men's Freestyle Skiing
The men's Aerial Freestyle qualifications were tonight. We had 3 men that were in the hunt to get to the next round, and all 3 made it to the next round! We are in a great position to hopefully threaten for a medal.
3. Women's Hockey
The women dominated yet again in their semi-final game. Our first real test of the games will come when we play the USA in the gold medal game.
I realize that we have not qualified for that game yet, but unless the women decide to fall asleep during a game it will be easy to keep moving on to the finals.
4. Ice Dance Free Skate
Wow is all I can say. Virtue and Moir were amazing tonight. They totally deserved to win the gold medal. The lifts that they did were beautiful, the connection they had was amazing and altogether it was perfect. This definitely sets the tone for week 2 now!
Another great article from Fourth Place Medal
Maybe this is what happens when we don't pressure our athletes
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Canadian Figure Skater's Mother Dies
1. Women's 1500m
Canada was ranked # 1,2 and 5 going into this race. We had high expectations for 1 if not 2 medals from the women. Christina Groves came through for Canada winning the silver medal. Christina Nesbuitt ended up 6th and Cindy Klassen 21st. Although we did get a medal, it was disappointing not to get 2.
2. 2-Man Bobsled
The 2 Man Bobsled did runs 3 and 4 tonight. Canada 1 who had tipped earlier finished out with 2 great runs tonight. They definitely are ready for the 4 man competition. Canada 2 jumped up a spot to end up in 5th place.
The German team that won gold because the most successful Olympic bobsledder in history. It was great to see him win in Canada could not.
3. Canada vs. USA Men's Hockey
This game is another disappointment so far in the games. Canada was favored to win this game, and it was the highlight performance of tonight.
Ryan Miller put out an amazing performance in goal. Brodeur just couldn't get his game together, and it was the weak part of our game.
We finally got some lines to click. Crosby was on a better line tonight, and as a result scored a goal. We took some bad penalties in the game, so still have lots to work on.
Canada will not play Germany and the winner of that will face Russia in the semi finals.
4. Men's Ski Cross
Ski Cross is almost as exciting as the Snowboard Cross. The Canadians put out a decent performance. In the final race Canada was in a medal position when he fell. Christopher Delbosco finished 4th and Davey Barr finished 6th. Stanley Hayer also finished in 10th.
We have had so many athletes finish in 4th place over these games. It would be great to get a few of these onto the podium!
1. Men's Curling
In the best game of the men's curling competition Canada faced Great Britain. GB are the reigning world champions and have been playing amazing leading up to the Olympics.
This week however, GB has struggled in finding their game. Well last night they definitely found it challenging Canada and giving them a really good test. Canada just squeaked out the win, but it will be interesting to see if that game helps of hinders the GB team.
2. 2-Man Bobsled
Canada has 2 teams competing in this. Canada 2 is definitely the better of the 2 teams, however, they have been injured most of the season. They said that they were ready to compete and that they were. Pierre Lueders and ex CFL player Jesse Lumsden are in 6th place after 2 runs.
Canada 1 has some major issues on their second run. About 3/4 of the way down the track they tipped their sled. They currently sit in 21st, and definitely are out of the medal race.
3. Men's 1000m Speed Skating
This is probably one of the neatest stories to happen yet in the game. Brothers Charles and Francois Hamelin qualified for the A finals. Unfortunately, we ended up 4th and 5th, but it is pretty impressive to have 2 brothers make it to the finals of 1 event.
4. Women's Super G
Canada had another disappointing day in Whistler. Our downhill teams just can't seem to get the ball rolling.
Our highest Canadian was Britt Janyk in 17th. Georgia Simmerling finished 27th, while veteran Emily Brydon DNF. Shona Rubens also DNF.
Fourth Medal Blog Stories
Did a helmet make the difference?
The red mitts have went to a new level!
Friday, February 19, 2010
1. Men's Figure Skating
The men's figure skating is 1 of 2 major upsets of these Olympics ( the other also came last night as Russia lost to Slovakia in men's hockey). The Russia Evgeni Plushenko was favored coming into these games. He won gold at the 2006 games, retired and then came back to defend his gold. He is one of the most decorated male skaters in history.
American Evan Lysacek was wanting to ruin Plushenko's party. He was the reigning World Champion, and was 2nd coming into the free skate.
Before competition began, the Russia's were complaining about the scoring system and how it favors North American skating. He complained about where in the skate order he was at, and so much more. He had every excuse in the books.
After Lysacek won gold last night, and the Russian Plushenko got silver, the debate really started about who was the better skater. Judge for yourself. But to be Lysacek deserved to win! Maybe I just think so because Vera Wang designs his costumes!
2. Ice Dance Figure Skating
The Ice Dance competition started tonight. Unlike most figure staking the Ice Dancers are required to do 3 performances. A compulsory dance, an original dance, and a free dance. The compulsory is where everyone completes the same moves just to different music and with different costumes.
The Canadians came out great tonight. We are currently sitting in 2nd place. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are definitely medal contenders in this event.
Canada had high hopes for our skeleton team. Melissa Hollingsworth was having a great competition until her last run tonight. She finished a disappointing 5th. Canada was definitely expecting a medal from here. Especially since she won the world cup this season.
Amy Gough finished 7th and Michelle Kelly finished 13th.
The men I think really got out shadowed by the women coming into these games. Even as the games were going on, I don't think that anyone ever talked about the men skeleton racers. They definitely gave us something to talk about tonight as Canada won our 4th gold medal. Jon Montgomery came from behind to win the gold. A great feat seeing as he is ranked 5th in the world!
Jeff Pain finished 14th and Michael Douglas was disqualified.
Both the men's and ladies teams are currently undefeated. Hopefully this stays up for rest of the games. These teams continue to play until mid next week, and then they will be playing in the semi-finals.
US Athlete heads home
Cool story about Hannah Teter
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Here are a few highlights from the day:
1. Canadian Men's Hockey
In the 2006 Olympics Switzerland beat Canada 2-0 to really derail our hopes of Olympic Gold. Canada has waited 4 years for this rematch to show that we really are the better hockey nation.
Canada jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, and were playing fairly well. All of a sudden Switzerland had tied the game at 2-2. The game went into overtime, and then a shootout. Finally on the 4th shooter Sidney Crosby scored the game winning goal!
This close was way to close for comport and the players know they really need to pick up there socks. Switzerland is a low ranked team in the Olympics. I have to say that their goalie Jonas Hiller played an amazing game, and really kept his team in the game.
There are possibly a few injuries to come out of this game. One of the biggest is Jarome Iginla. He did not play for most of the 3rd period. Watch for his return hopefully for the next game against the USA.
2. Women's Half Pipe
Tonight we got to see the first athlete compete that was featured in the CTV show Over the Bolts. Mercedes Nicoll was the only Canadian to make the finals. She ended up being 6th which was a great result for her.
The other Canadians included Sarah Conrad in 18th and Palmer Taylor in 26th.
Skeleton is a different sport in the Olympics as your time is a cumulative score over 4 runs. Tonight both the men and women did the first 2 of 4 runs.
The women put out a strong showing. Current Gold Medalist Mellisa Hollingsworth ended up 3rd for the night. In training runs earlier this week she unofficially broke a track record. Watch for her to come from behind for the win.
The other Canadian women ended up 7th and 13th for the night.
The men also put out a great performance. I will have more on their results tomorrow.
4. Ladies 1000m Speed Skating
The Canadian women really dominated on the track today. Christine Nesbitt was favored for gold going into the race, and she did not disappoint. Nesbitt won Canada our 3rd Gold of the games.
Kristina Groves put out a great performance to be 4th, just 0:06 out of the Bronze medal. Shannon Rempel ended up 21st and Brittany Schussler ended up 25th.
Watch for the Canadian women to dominate again in the 1500m where Canadian skaters are ranked 1, 2, and 5 in the world!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
1. Men's Half Pipe
Shaun White is the King of the half pipe once again. He put out a dominate performance tonight to win his second consecutive gold medal. This guy is amazing, and no one even came close to contend with his. Canada had 1 athlete advance to the finals, Justin Lamoureux finished in 7th.
The big disappointment for Canada was Jeff Batchelor who not only failed to qualify for the finals but ended up a disappointing 32nd. Hopefully Batchelor can mature enough for the next Olympics in 2014.
2. Women's Alpine Downhill
Lindsey Vonn was debating whether she would compete due to a shin injury. Personally I think she was just playing with the media. She knew that she would compete all along. After all this is the Olympics!
Lindsy not only competed but she came out with the gold. She put all of the recent controversy about her Sports Illustrated issue, and her injury aside. I was really happy that she as able to win.
3. Men's 1000m Speedskating
I had earlier talked about my following of Jeremy Wotherspoon. Tonight he skated in his final Olympic event ever. He put out a great effort but came up short ending up in 14th place.
I hope that everyone can remember his success in the sport and not focus in on the fact that he as never won an Olympic medal.
4. Ladies 500m Speedskating
Canada had a great showing in the 500m Short Track tonight. We had 3 women who would be contenders for medals. 2 of our women advanced to the finals with Marianne St-Gelais winning the silver medal.
Jessica Gregg finished in 4th and Kalyna Roberge finishing 6th.
Take a look at these great stories again from Fourth Place Medal:
What the blue lines in skiing are for...
The story behind Ovechkins skates
The story behind the Olympic flowers
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
There are 2 stories that I read about on the official Olympic Blog: Fourth-Place Medal. Take a look at the links below for great stories!
American men's figure skater Johnny Weir feature
Feature story here
This is a really cool story about one of our Canadian woman's curlers
Feature story here
Ok now back to the daily recap:
1. The Zamboni issues at the Long Track Oval
Last night in the men's 500m Long Track skate their was huge delays due to the ice machine. This machine is one of a kind. It is a green and environmentally friendly machine that ties in with one of the themes for the games. This is the second time that the machine has not worked properly and hopefully its not going to become a reoccurring theme to these games.
2. Canada's curling teams
Both the men's and woman's curling teams took to the ice today in their first games. Kevin Martin played a terrible game strategically and played an extra end to get the win. This was a team that he should have been able to beat no problem. The women also had an extremely close game against the Swiss, but ended up coming up on top.
The men play Germany later tonight.
3. Weather delays in Whistler
The hill conditions at Whistler have been terrible to say the least since the Olympics have started. Warm weather and downpours of rain have not helped the conditions at all. Crews have worked around the clock to the the hill in top condition, and were able to for the men's downhill. Now this morning the Super Combined was delayed again. Hopefully the crews can get the hill back in top form soon.
4. Men's Hockey Preview
In a few minutes the puck will drop in the first Men's Olympic Hockey game for Canada. As we all know anything less then gold is an upset for this team. And the team feels that pressure. Tonight the team will face Norway. The Norwegian team is the least skilled in our pool and we should have no trouble beating this team. Watch for Canada to try out some new lines, and stick to their game without getting to fancy. Luongo gets the start in net tonight, in his home arena. Lets see if he can play a good game without buckling under the pressure as he as been known to do.
5. Women's Snowbaord Cross
As I said last night I think that Snowboard Cross is becoming one of my favorite new sports. It also doesn't hurt that Canada rocks at it! The women went today and Canada came out on top this time with a Gold Medal! Maelle Ricker pulled away to win the competition. Other Canadian's included Dominique Maltais who finished 20th.
Make sure to watch both the Men's Curling, Men's Hockey and Men's Figure Skating Short Program tonight!
Monday, February 15, 2010
1. Pairs Long Program
The figure skating pairs competition just finished a matter of minutes ago. It was obvious that the Chinese were going to take gold and silver in this competition. I was really hoping for the husband and wife team. They have been 2 time world champions, but had never won a gold medal. They had retired from skating, gotten married and decided to come back to try and win the Olympics.
Last night this team broke the world record in the short program, and tonight broke the world record again in the long program to win the Gold Medal! The Canadians ended up 6th and 9th which was a great performance for these couples.
2. Men's Snow Cross
I think that this is now one of my favorite events in the Winter Olympics. It is a cross between roller derby, snowboarding, and skateboarding. The men do 2 runs in qualifying and then weed it down to 4 men for the finals. Canadian Mike Robertson ended up being edged out and ended up with the silver medal. We had 2 other Canadians competing. Robert Fagan ended up 5th, Drew Neilson was 11th and Francois Boivin was 12th.
3. Men's Alpine Downhill
Canada had 4 men competing in this event. The favored was Manuel Osborne-Paradis as he grew up in North Vancouver and lived on the Wistler hill as a child. Unfortunately, none of our men medaled, but we still had one athlete who put out a great performance. Erik Guay ended up 5th which is the highest placing ever. Manuel Osborne-Paradis ended up 17th, Jan Hudec ended up 25th and Robbue Dixon DNF. These men still have a few more races left later this week.
4. Men's Long Skate 500m
Jeremy Wotherspoon came back for his 4th Olympic games. Back in Elementary school we did a research project on a Winter Olympic sport and I chose speed skating. At that time it was Jeremy's first Olympics, and he was a star on our Long Track Speed Skating team. He came back to try and win the looming Gold medal that is left to complete his decorated skating career.
Tonight we had 4 men competing. Again we did not win a medal but put out some great performances. Our highest placing was Jamie Gregg who ended up 8th. Jeremy Wotherspoon ended up 9th, Mike Ireland 16th, and Kyle Parrott was 21st.
An American ski jumper lifting off.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
4. Today was qualifying and medal day in the women's Freestyle Skiing. Canada had 3 women that were all in the top 10 in the world, including the 2006 Gold medalist Jennifer Heil. No women had ever repeated winning this event, and there is also the added pressure of winning the first gold medal on Canadian soil.
The first day of the Olympics got started with a somber start. The death of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian Luger. I think it was a great touch that is fellow Georgian athletes still walked in the Opening Ceremonies in his memory with black scarves and black armbands.
The Opening Ceremonies itself left me with mixed emotions. There were some great highs for me, but also some parts that really left me questioning the games.
Throughout the whole Olympic experience, from the moment the Olympic bid went in, there has been a great focus on the Aboriginal people of Canada. Now I do understand that they are a part of our heritage, and they continue to be part of our country, but the focus of them was just to much. I think the real image of Canada almost got forgotten about.
This focus was brought into the Opening by a entire section being dedicated to the Aboriginals of our land, and also having the 4 chiefs be regarded as "Olympic royalty"
Now for the great parts! I love watching the athletes come into the stadium. This year it was great to see the Canadian athletes that would be competing the next day still be able to be part of the opening as it really is part of the Olympic experience.
The other part that I really love is the lighting of the cauldron. This whole process leaves everyone guessing as to who will be the one to do the lighting. Included in this process is the entrance of the Olympic flag. This year there were 8 people chosen to carry the flag, and I think that all 8 people were excellent choices. Former hockey star Bobby Orr; musician Anne Murray; champion race car driver Jacques Villeneuve; Betty Fox, the mother of cancer research champion Terry Fox; actor Donald Sutherland; gold medal figure skater Barbara Ann Scott; UNAMIR commander Roméo Dallaire; and Julie Payette, Canadian astronaut, carried the flag into the stadium.
After that came the actual lighting of the Olympic cauldron. This year there are 2, one indoors and one outdoors. The outdoor one will remain a permanent fixture in the city, while the indoor one will only be up until the closing ceremonies.
This years caldron was light by 5 people, the first time that a sole person has not done the lighting. Wayne Gretzky, Steven Nash, Nanct Green Raine and Catriona LeMay Doan were selected to light the tourch, with Rick Hansen selected to bring the tourch into the stadium.
The cauldron was supposed to rise from he floor with 4 pegs, and a middle cauldron. Unfortunetly only 3/4 rose and left Gretzky, NBA star Steve Nash and Olympic gold medal skier Nancy Greene Raine to simultaneously light the cauldron while fourth torch bearer, speed-skater Catriona LeMay Doan, was forced to stand by.
Later Gretzky was driven down to the waterfront to light the other cauldron.
I think overall the Openings were a great start. There were a few dry moments, but there seems to be with all Openings. One of my favorite parts was a poem that was read about being Canadian. I am still trying to find it online, and when I do will post it.
Hopefully the rest of the Olympics will go off great. And be sure to stay tuned for more daily recaps!