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Day 1

So Day 1 of the Olympics is underway and so far Canada hasn’t hit their stride. 

The men’s rowing 8 finished last in their heat and is into the repechage round. The team won gold in Beijing but only a few members are still on the team.  Good luck with the repechage round!

In women’s soccer we defeated South Africa 3-0 after losing to Japan.  Next game against Sweden to see if we get to play in the quarter-finals.

Scott Dickens and Katerine Savard are both through in swimming, 100m breaststroke and 100m butterfly respectively. Finals tonight. Ryan Cochrane was out of the 400m freestyle when Park Tae-hwan from Korea successfully challenged his disqualification due to a false start.

Best events I’ve watched today have to be the men’s road race and the Canadian men’s beach volleyball match against Great Britain. The volleyball just kept going back and forth until the 2nd set when Canada ran away with it.  For the road race the British team was leading for much of the race but due to a small crash nearing the end of the 400 km 5 hr race they fell back.  Gold to Kazakhstan!

 

More events to come!

 
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They’ve started!!!

Yes, the Olympics have started today. I’ve watched most the opening ceremonies over two time zones as the afternoon also involved work and a nap. LOL. I love the Olympics every time. I like the spirit behind getting the world together to celebrate one thing, in this case sport. The rest of the time I’m not really a sports person – I watch the occasional baseball or hockey game, skating competition or curling match but nothing serious. So why the Olympics?

Two reasons – Honestly, cheesy but the honestly, the spirit. I got a bit emotional when I saw Palestine then Syria come in. Both countries that have had a long road to get to these Olympic games. BTW, did anyone see South Sudan come in? They are supposed to be competing under the Olympic flag since the country doesn’t have an Olympic body yet (since it’s only a year old). Countries that are experiencing civil war and international disputes and questioned whether they should even exist all come together in sportsmanship. It makes the heart a bit soft.

My second reason – I love cheering on my country. Canada is not overtly patriotic, especially when compared to our southern neighbours, but that doesn’t mean we don’t feel it. The Olympic games give us a chance to show it. So locally — here’s a list of our athletes There are many more Canadians worth mentioning like Adam van Koeverden, Clara Hughes, Ian Miller (the oldest competitor for Canada at age 65), Alexandre Despatie and Dylan Armstrong.

Click here for the full schedule, including an easy link to each sport and the competitors. Cheers to Canada!!!

 
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