With the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London just around the corner, I thought I’d highlight another athlete to watch for and this time I’ve selected one from my home country, Canada. Meet Mark Oldershaw, a sprint canoer on Team Canada. This won’t be his first Olympics, as he did compete in Beijing in 2008 but was eliminated after the semifinals of the C-1 500 m event.

Oldershaw’s dad, Scott went to the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984 and later became Mark’s coach. He really inspired his son and it eventually became Mark’s dream to compete in the Olympics as well. His favorite place to compete has been the Czech Republic and when he’s not training, he’s working on the house he just bought with is a “fixer upper”.

The handsome 29-year-old is from Burlington, Ontario and he recently competed 2011 world championships in Szeged, Hungary where he came 5th in the C-1 1000 meter event. Check out some of his pictures below.

Check out those pipes!

Definitely need a strong core for this sport (actually in most sports, for that matter). I like his… core. LOL.

Here’s more of a closeup from his athlete interview in preparation for the Olympics this year.

Quite handsome, don’t you think? Wouldn’t you want to row, row, row your boat gently down the stream with him?

Woof, check out those legs & butt! :) Heck, also his chest!