Pre-Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Canadian Version!

30 Jan

From Komak, Canada’s official mascot for the 2014 Olympic Games

To my faithful readers, I’m sorry that I haven’t published this earlier. I’m still not back 100 %, but since the Games start in 7 days, I thought I’d better get my behind moving on this one.

So first, let’s start with a list of some of the most Canadian medals won at a single Olympic Games by Canadians:

Gaetan Boucher, in Speed skating, at the 1984 Winter Games, won 2 Gold and 1 Bronze (3).
Alex Baumann, in Swimming, at the 1984 Summer Games, won 2 Gold (2).
Myriam Bédard, in Biathlon, at the 1994 Winter Games, won 2 Gold (2).
Donovan Bailey, in Athletics, at the 1996 Summer Games, won 2 Gold (2).
Marc Gagnon, in Short-track Speed skating, at the 2002 Winter Games, won 2 Gold, and 1 Bronze (3).
Charles Hamelin, in Short-track Speed skating, at the 2010 Winter Games, won 2 Gold (2).

As promised, following are stories of individual Olympians that stand out. Some are Canadian, but some aren’t. Since the flavour of the Olympic Games is of the International kind, I figure I can get away from writing my usual only-Canadian content [grin].

Hayley Wickenheiser, 25, Saskatchewan Olympian winner, has been chosen to become flag bearer on February 7, 2014 at Sochi’s opening ceremonies. She’s become quite the legend in Women’s hockey. “I have been chosen as Canada’s flag bearer, but today is about carrying the hopes and dreams of nearly 35 million Canadians to Sochi. I can’t wait to lead an amazing group of athletes who have dedicated their lives to achieving their Olympic dreams for both themselves and Canada.”

Everyone knows about the Titanic sinking off the coast of Newfoundland on April 14, 1912. But not many know about a passenger by the name of Richard Norris Williams, an American tennis player. He fought for his life in the icy waters, while his father drowned, along with so many other souls that night. He was headed to Harvard University on a tennis scholarship. His collapsible lifeboat was rescued after 6 hours in the water, and it seemed his dreams were dashed as well. The doctors thought he would lose his legs. But when they asked for his permission, he refused. His only dream in life was tennis. And so he devoted all his time and energy to rehabilitation and exercise. He slowly regained his strength. He went on to become a tennis star at Harvard and also became an American Open and Wimbledon champion. And then, on July 21, 1924, he won gold in the tennis mixed doubles at the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

On December 14, 1956, Diver Irene MacDonald won a bronze medal in the women’s 3m springboard event, at the Games in Melbourne. Impressive, as this was Canada’s first medal in diving, and would not be had again until the Los Angeles Games in 1984.

Ian Miller has become a legend as an Equestrian show jumper at the Olympic Games. As a matter of fact, in 2012, he tied the record for competing in the most Games; Austrian sailor Hubert Raudaschi set the record for his competition of eleven straight Olympic Games between 1964 and 1996.

Cindy Klassen holds the record for the most medal wins by a Canadian, of either gender, with 6 medals.

My last story for this post is of Clara Hughes. She became the first and only Olympian, of either gender and any  country, to win multiple medals in both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The best place to learn about Canada at Sochi is at


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19 responses to “Pre-Sochi 2014 Olympic Games, Canadian Version!

  1. seeker

    February 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Sorry, I missed this one Teri. My fave is Cindy.

    • tkmorin

      February 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

      She is up there for me as well! 🙂

  2. June Lorraine

    February 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Great post! And thanks for the ‘Like’ on Murder in Common. I appreciate it.

    • tkmorin

      February 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Are you kidding? I love your posts! I’m a mystery-genre and true crime reader. I can easily get lost while visiting your blog! 🙂

      • June Lorraine

        February 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        It’s a mutual appreciation in the blogosphere
        Thanks Terry 🙂

  3. Joanne

    January 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    That was so interesting to read about Richard Norris – what an incredible story!

    • tkmorin

      January 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Joanne. I’m happy you enjoyed it! 🙂

  4. L. Marie

    January 31, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Here’s hoping you’ll be back to 100% soon.
    I love speed skating so, yay for those athletes!

    • tkmorin

      January 31, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Thank you for the get well wish. 🙂

  5. Aquileana

    January 31, 2014 at 4:49 am

    Canucks must be so happy… An interesting post here, thanks for sharing Terry, Aquileana 🙂

  6. Theresa Shaw

    January 30, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Theresa Shaw.

  7. Theresa Shaw

    January 30, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Only one week to go!

    • tkmorin

      January 31, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I am so looking forward to it!! 🙂

  8. Gallivanta

    January 30, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Wishing the Canadian team all the best.

  9. Created by RCW

    January 30, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Always a pleasure to read your posts!

    • tkmorin

      January 30, 2014 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  10. Terry Irving

    January 30, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Hey Sweetheart, Get Me Rewrite! and commented:
    OK, Canadians are strange but everyone gets weird around the Olympics


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