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Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 10:42

I would love it if there was an Olympic medal for bravery....my vote.....Joannie Rochette....who in the face of the tragic loss of her mother.....has skated the short program, came in 3rd and now will skate her long program tonite.  There wasn't a dry eye in Canada on Tuesday, and it will probably be the same tonite.....

 

If good wishes, thoughts, and prayers can help win medals, she will surely take one home tonite.....for her mom!

 

 



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Posted on Tue, Mar 02, 2010 15:16

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What a celebration! I really wished I could have gone this year with all the excitement of all the teams. I watched the final hockey match... OUCH! but congrats, the Canucks deserved it and played very well, outskating the US by miles!!!! I have skied Whistler, did a heli trip about 10 years ago... Best skiing of my LIFE!!!! If it's still as spectacular as it was back then, you are a very lucky lady; sleep or no!!!


OOPS.... should been up not down....LOL!



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Posted on Tue, Mar 02, 2010 15:15

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What a celebration! I really wished I could have gone this year with all the excitement of all the teams. I watched the final hockey match... OUCH! but congrats, the Canucks deserved it and played very well, outskating the US by miles!!!! I have skied Whistler, did a heli trip about 10 years ago... Best skiing of my LIFE!!!! If it's still as spectacular as it was back then, you are a very lucky lady; sleep or no!!!


Like I said, if you haven't been in my backyard lately...c'mon down! There is skiing about an hour and 1/2 from me in Banff. One of the best ski resort areas in the world, with Hot Springs for good measure.

 



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Posted on Tue, Mar 02, 2010 15:13

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Sochi? I don't know. Putin was pretty p*ssed at the Russians performance. If they have another dismal outcome he might lock the country down and we'd never get home. I'm thinking London 2012.


London sounds good. But, if it rains the whole time I'm gonna be p*ssed....LOL!



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Posted on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 12:22

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I just watched it through again... "Tom Brokaw Explains Canada To Americans". Is there censorship in Canada? LOL I know that the mantra is to focus on the podium. I'm looking forward to US/Canada Men's Hockey for the Gold.


I know this is late Star, and I'm sorry you lost, but, I am happy we won....LOL!



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Posted on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 12:20

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I agree!!! There appears to be more of it going on lately than it seemed in the past. Is it a sign of things to come in our society. I was watching 20/20 last night while fading into black and recall them saying that it's not speculation that the training and tricks are more intense, DUH!!!! However, the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology have advanced to only a beginning point and it will get harder and more intensive over the course of the next few years until the body is acutally pushed to its' ultimate limit... I agree and it makes sense... For example, the reason Vonn is so much more successful than the other gals is because between her races she "spins" as opposed to resting, which releases the remaining lactic acid from her muscles which, in turn cause contractions and cramping that slow her down... BRILLIANT!!! Anyhow, I digress. I cried from the get-go with the Georgian accident. Then balled like a baby through the opening ceremonies as I had once hoped of going... as a competitor... so, it's a very mixed emotion for me every year : ) When I was competing, we used to get some sort of medal or trinket as a participation awared. Sometimes, they would alter them for circumstances such as honor, strength, etc. (even congeniality/participation) I think they should do that for the Oly's as well...


I hear ya! Well yesterday there was an new award at the Olympics ....The Terry Fox Award. I am not sure you know of him, he was a Canadian who lost his leg to cancer, and eventually lost his life to it as well. He tried to run across Canada to raise money for Cancer research but, his trip ended early. He had the heart of an athlete and a true champion.

The award was actually given to Joannie and the Slovenian skier Petra Majdic who crashed and still managed a bronze medal. I am hoping this award will always be given at each games, but, I don't know enough about the history or the future of it to say that. I was just very happy that it was done. 



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Posted on Mon, Mar 01, 2010 10:35

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It is now 9:15 in Calgary, and the party is still going on outside my window. It is the best, and the most unbelievable display I have ever seen. The streets had more red on them today than any other time. Of course they call it the Red Mile because our Calgary Flames are also red.

 

Olympics are on my bucket list as well Theo. Sochi anyone?



What a celebration! I really wished I could have gone this year with all the excitement of all the teams. I watched the final hockey match... OUCH! but congrats, the Canucks deserved it and played very well, outskating the US by miles!!!! I have skied Whistler, did a heli trip about 10 years ago... Best skiing of my LIFE!!!! If it's still as spectacular as it was back then, you are a very lucky lady; sleep or no!!!


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Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 20:23

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AZ.....my middle son and his wife were at the Olympics last week. Had the time of their lives. I kept telling them that was on my bucket list...fell on deaf ears...lol. They spent 5 days there and had tickets for the main event for each day. What a trip....I'm still jealous over that. They watched the Flying Tomato all day.....did the figure skating....but I think they most enjoyed going off on their own and did snowmobiling. They LOVED Whistler Mt. I've done snowmobiling once at Lake Tahoe and saw scenery we could have never seen by any other means. I love winter Olympics...sorry to see it end.

Theo



It is now 9:15 in Calgary, and the party is still going on outside my window. It is the best, and the most unbelievable display I have ever seen. The streets had more red on them today than any other time. Of course they call it the Red Mile because our Calgary Flames are also red.

 

Olympics are on my bucket list as well Theo. Sochi anyone?



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Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 17:15

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Proud to be Canadian today! You should see the party in Calgary on the Red Mile.....I got some pictures, and they're still at it.  I live nearby, I doubt I'll get any sleep tonight.....LOL!



AZ.....my middle son and his wife were at the Olympics last week. Had the time of their lives. I kept telling them that was on my bucket list...fell on deaf ears...lol. They spent 5 days there and had tickets for the main event for each day. What a trip....I'm still jealous over that. They watched the Flying Tomato all day.....did the figure skating....but I think they most enjoyed going off on their own and did snowmobiling. They LOVED Whistler Mt. I've done snowmobiling once at Lake Tahoe and saw scenery we could have never seen by any other means. I love winter Olympics...sorry to see it end.

Theo



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Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 16:29

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I've only been to Ontario (many, many times) I was introduced to Toronto when my then, 16 yr son was playing soccer there in the Robbie Cup. Fell in love and kept going back. Went to BC because I was already in Couer d'Alene...took the loop up to BC...gorgeous! Saw a ton of golf courses along the way...then found out there is a map of courses along the route. Stayed overnight in the hippie town that all the US draft dodgers homesteaded in. lol.....I swear they are still wearing Birkenstocks and long hair.

BTW....congrats on your hockey team.....I'm done crying now. It was a good game!



Proud to be Canadian today! You should see the party in Calgary on the Red Mile.....I got some pictures, and they're still at it.  I live nearby, I doubt I'll get any sleep tonight.....LOL!



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Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 15:39

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Definitely west but some differences, born in BC, raised in Manitoba.  I have I have lived in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.  I currently live in Alberta, I moved here from Quebec when my son became ill.  It is much different east to west, the people, and places.  Calgary is cowtown, Canada....LOL!



I've only been to Ontario (many, many times) I was introduced to Toronto when my then, 16 yr son was playing soccer there in the Robbie Cup. Fell in love and kept going back. Went to BC because I was already in Couer d'Alene...took the loop up to BC...gorgeous! Saw a ton of golf courses along the way...then found out there is a map of courses along the route. Stayed overnight in the hippie town that all the US draft dodgers homesteaded in. lol.....I swear they are still wearing Birkenstocks and long hair.

BTW....congrats on your hockey team.....I'm done crying now. It was a good game!



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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 17:40

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AZ...what part of Canada are you from, eh?

I LOVE Canada and have traveled there many times.

Theo



Definitely west but some differences, born in BC, raised in Manitoba.  I have I have lived in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.  I currently live in Alberta, I moved here from Quebec when my son became ill.  It is much different east to west, the people, and places.  Calgary is cowtown, Canada....LOL!



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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 15:29

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I should really put this up on a blog about the AZ thing, you are not the first to ask that question. I actually liked this song back about 6 years ago or so. The song is 'There is No Arizona" Jamie O'Neil I believe is the artist. Anyway I liked the song so much its the first thing I thought of when I went on my first dating site, and it stuck. I was feeling pretty crappy about being in the dating world again, and it really fit the situation at the time.

 

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AZ...what part of Canada are you from, eh?

I LOVE Canada and have traveled there many times.

Theo



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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 09:15

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Courtney, I think the true heart of a champion is displayed when in the face of every hardship and adversity, they still manage to compete. 

 

Win, Lose or something in between, they find the courage to put their personal problems aside and go for it!

 

I personally salute every person who displays this type of courage, whether in life, or in a game!



I agree!!! There appears to be more of it going on lately than it seemed in the past. Is it a sign of things to come in our society. I was watching 20/20 last night while fading into black and recall them saying that it's not speculation that the training and tricks are more intense, DUH!!!! However, the knowledge of anatomy, physiology and kinesiology have advanced to only a beginning point and it will get harder and more intensive over the course of the next few years until the body is acutally pushed to its' ultimate limit... I agree and it makes sense... For example, the reason Vonn is so much more successful than the other gals is because between her races she "spins" as opposed to resting, which releases the remaining lactic acid from her muscles which, in turn cause contractions and cramping that slow her down... BRILLIANT!!! Anyhow, I digress. I cried from the get-go with the Georgian accident. Then balled like a baby through the opening ceremonies as I had once hoped of going... as a competitor... so, it's a very mixed emotion for me every year : ) When I was competing, we used to get some sort of medal or trinket as a participation awared. Sometimes, they would alter them for circumstances such as honor, strength, etc. (even congeniality/participation) I think they should do that for the Oly's as well...


Courtney :)

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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 02:00

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He actually won gold the next winter Olympics, he skated his victory lap with his brand new baby girl who he named after his sister. Very touching outcome!


Yes CD, I saw it and like Dek, cried like a baby for him too! Seems to be a lot of tears going on....LOL!



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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 01:58

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Joannie and her coach were interviewed on the Today show... it's another snow day here in the Northeast or I'd be at work. She is an amazing young lady. She was asked why she competed after her of her mom's passing. She said that she got her confidence and her competitiveness from her mom and she knew that she would have regrets 10 years out if she had not competed. Kim Yu-Na is only 19 but I think she's done. Evidently she was under enormous pressure to win the Gold.. a Silver would have meant failure. I don't think she'll opt for that again, plus she earned $9M last year. By the way, I didn't know you were Canadian. What's the "Arizona" all about. The Olympics provided an interesting canvas to paint a portrait of one of the most beautiful places on this planet. In spite of tragedy and misfortune it was a spectacular event, you must be so proud. On a lighter note, your Women's hockey team defeated the US for it's 3rd straight Gold. They celebrated by drinking champagne and smoking cigars.. do you think you could get them to weigh in on Worish's blog on Sex, wine and cigars?


I should really put this up on a blog about the AZ thing, you are not the first to ask that question. I actually liked this song back about 6 years ago or so. The song is 'There is No Arizona" Jamie O'Neil I believe is the artist. Anyway I liked the song so much its the first thing I thought of when I went on my first dating site, and it stuck. I was feeling pretty crappy about being in the dating world again, and it really fit the situation at the time.

 

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Posted on Sat, Feb 27, 2010 01:52

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On a related note did you see the short Tom Brokaw film about the relationship between the US and Canada. It was a preamble to the Olympic games. .


Star, I tried to watch this but apparently its been copyrighted or something by NBC Sports. Only a small part actually played for me. 

 

I am sorry I missed this. My initial thoughts were that most of the media were mentioning a very strong alliance between Canada and the US because a lot of our athletes train together and push each other to do better. I think its great and it was especially noticeable in the obvious friendship of the Canadian and American dance teams who won Gold and Silver.



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Posted on Fri, Feb 26, 2010 10:29

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He actually won gold the next winter Olympics, he skated his victory lap with his brand new baby girl who he named after his sister. Very touching outcome!


Courtney, I think the true heart of a champion is displayed when in the face of every hardship and adversity, they still manage to compete. 

 

Win, Lose or something in between, they find the courage to put their personal problems aside and go for it!

 

I personally salute every person who displays this type of courage, whether in life, or in a game!



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Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 21:46

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It was an amazing competition and she is so deserving. I think that Bronze Medal will be a reminder of the great spirit her mom gave to her.... now she has time to grieve. I was impressed with all of the skaters in the final group and proud at the poise of the two young Americans. I don't know whether we'll see Joannie in future games but I'm looking forward to 2014 in Sochi.


I agree these girls are all quite young yet so four years will only make them better.  Joannie will probably not be there as she is already about 22 I believe.



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Posted on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 20:57

Joannie just won the Bronze!



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