Championships

It’s Just The Beginning I’m Afraid

Canadian curling fans have seen the future at this year’s men’s and women’s world curling championships and it’s going to be the 1970’s in ice hockey all over again. In that era, the Soviet Union iced hockey teams which were comprised of Red Army “soldiers” whose only real weapon was a hockey stick. For those much too young to know where this is headed, allow me to educate you with some international athletic history. It was the “cold war” era. The

But How Much Do You Actually Trust It?

I’ll be boarding an aircraft here in Victoria, BC bound for Fredericton, NB tomorrow (04.09.13). When those wheels touch down in that provincial capital, I’ll meet 10 Canadian athletes with much curling experience who will represent Canada at the World Senior Curling Championships. One of them is the most recent inductee into The Canadian Curling Hall of Fame: Cathy King. In fact, in my tenure as Team Leader and Coach for Canadian National Senior Champions, I’ve had the honour of

Double Bronze

Who would have thought that of all the sports to create what I have come to see as a wonderful idea, boxing seems to be enlightened at these Olympic games. I’m referring to the practice of awarding “two” bronze medals to the athletes who lose the semi-final bouts. After all, the winners of the semi-final have medal in their back pocket. The only reason for the final bout is to determine its colour. When I first heard/saw this practice in action,

Cash For Medals

It was a very long time coming but Canada, along with nine other countries* now pays its athletes for podium finishes. It wasn’t without controversy as you might expect. I guess it was the puritanical thought that all Olympians would strive for excellence with excellence symbolized by that gold medal as its own reward. Sounds great but consider this. An athlete that trains full time for his/her sport will in all likely have to forego any time of full time