Today, I decided to focus on Bobsleigh boys, since they’ve got a few more heats before they battle it out for the three medals on Saturday. I’m focusing on the 4-man bobsleigh, but obviously focusing the hotties in the quad – you can’t really “take 3 for the team” right? That’s a bit too many. Speaking of too many, there are A LOT of hot Bobsled competitors out there, so I may miss a few (or more than) of your favorites, but rest assured that the ones I’ve selected are golden. Here are my top 10…who’s your number one?
He was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta and has his engineering degree from the University of Alberta. He grew up in Kelowna, BC, playing soccer and lacrosse & also enjoying downhill skiing, as well as mountain biking. After the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, he decided to focus on being his best at bobsleigh for the next four years. Now, he’s at the 2010 Olympics. Nice work, buddy! Did I mention he’s super hot? Chris is married to his wife Naomi.
So sad. Recently I wrote about 41 year old Andrew Koenig having gone missing since Valentine’s Day here in Vancouver, and his last activity (cell phone, etc.) being traced back to Stanley Park, downtown. Well a couple hours ago they found the Growing Pains star’s body. He was supposed to back in the US on February 16th
His family has sad that he suffered from depression and he was last in Vancouver staying with Burlesque star Jenny Magenta. She was very worried about him and even commented on my last article, since I was helping spread the work and Police tip line. It must be a terribly sad time for her, as well as Koenig’s family.
At the last Olympics in Beijing, he was arrested for protesting China’s Human Rights Violations. Even though he was suffering from depression, I wonder if there was any connection with this year’s Olympics and he was perhaps making a statement of some sort? Just a thought. No word on whether or not he had left a note or how he committed suicide.
Koua Fong Lee’s 1996 Toyota Camry flew up an interstate ramp and plowed into the back of an Oldsmobile in a deadly crash that took the lives of three people. Lee claimed he had done everything in his power to stop the car, but a jury did not believe his story and he was imprisoned for 8 years, leaving his wife and kids (8, 5, 3, and 2 years old) to welfare. He was put in jail 3 years ago for the accident that took place in 2006.
Now, with Toyota admitting major safety problems, Lee has renewed hope at freedom and is planning on suing Toyota. “I know 100 percent in my heart that I took my foot off the gas and that I was stepping on the brakes as hard as possible,” says Lee. His case isn’t the only one coming up (there are at least 16 that have come up), but it is certainly heartbreaking.
While yesterday, Redd tried to get you to save your life (and social life) by telling you about the five superficial reasons to quit smoking, a controversial anti-smoking ad in France is causing quite the uproar, with the three ads that compare smoking to giving someone head. Roughly, the caption on the ads translates into English saying “Smoking means being a slave to tobacco,” as the teenagers portrayed in the ads are in a submissive “blowjob” position. Normally France, and Europe in general, is pretty liberal with their ads but I can understand why they aren’t reacting well to this one. I don’t even think it’s effective. Since when do teenagers consider sex a bad thing? Why wouldn’t they want to do something that is likened to blowjob? All the ad makes me think about is that it’s showing a teenager in sexually suggestive position with an adult – and that makes me think less “a bitch to cigarette companies” and more “sex with a minor.”
If you want to liken smoking to slavery, then show an image of slavery. Don’t show sex with a minor – that’s a whole other can of worms! Remi Parola, who is the head of the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association that is behind the campaign told ABC News: “We noticed that the traditional anti-smoking campaigns no longer got across amongst the youth. We thus had to use another way in order to raise awareness. We were surprised by the extent of the media buzz…But it’s above all a message of public health that got across.”
Yikes! A killer whale lives up to its name! An extensively trained SeaWorld Trainer, 40 year old Dawn Brancheau was apparently in a whale holding area when she slipped and fell in, and was then killed by the whale. Can you imagine? This is absolutely devastating. I’m sure we can go into “well, that’s what you get when you keep animals in captivity..,” etc but, it is really sad for this woman to have died in such a terrible way. People who work with animals obviously love them and I’m sure she really loved killer whales – evident by the picture of her above with one of the killer whales. It’s really odd because despite their name, killer whales are actually not violent in nature. When I was a kid, I used to be obsessed with killer whales when I was a kid. I had a big stuffed Shamu teddy bear and everything.
SeaWorld President Dan Brown stated the following to reporters today:
“It is with great sadness that I report that one of our most experienced animal trainers drowned in an incident with one of our killer whales this afternoon. We’ve initiated an investigation to determine, to the extent possible, what occurred.”
A couple witnesses told the Orlando Sentinel one of the killer whales “had the woman by the upper arm, tossing her around in its mouth as it swam rapidly around and around in the tank.” Horrific! There were also a couple people in the underwater viewing tank that witnessed the whale swimming around with something in its mouth. They witnessed her bleeding from her face or mouth and the whale kept turning her over and over in its mouth.
He’ll be jumping 11th tomorrow night in the medal event for the final of Men’s Aerials, against Canadian Hotties Steve Omischl, Kyle Nissen, and Warren Shouldice. He’s a serious contender for the gold medal, since he won the gold medal in the men’s aerials event at the 2009 World Championships. I love his motto: “Go big, jump well and either win or get last.” He started skiing when he was 9 years old, and was influenced by his parents who were also into the sport. It was definitely a family affair – his brother used to be a US Ski Team member, so he wanted to do what his brother did. The whole fam would travel together on these ski competitions so it was a big part of his life. At his first Olympics in 2006 Turin, he finished 16th in the aerial events, whereas he has a good chance to medal at the Vancouver 2010 final even tomorrow night.
Here are some of his stats:
Height: 5′ 8″
Weight: 165 lbs)
Birthdate: February 7, 1983
Residence: Winterpark, USA
Some of his hobbies include mountain biking, scuba diving, sailing, traveling, rocketry and listening to books on tape.
After losing to the United States earlier this week, Canada slaughtered Germany tonight, and I was lucky enough to be there to witness it. It was a sea of Red in GM Place, and it was such an amazing vibe in there. My friend Wayne and I didn’t exactly know where our seats were til we got there, and let me tell you, they were fantastic – we were stoked!
As we were walking into our entrance in Section 119, we were greeted by tons of people taking pictures…and it wasn’t for us. The Great One, Wayne Gretzky with his wife Janet, sitting with Pat Quinn were all right above the entrance. We snagged a pic as we walked in – Gretzky with the same stoic non-smiling look he had during the Opening Ceremonies. It was fantastic. We walked down a few more rows to our seats, to find that we were in Row 8 from the ice. We were SO close – much closer than I had ever been for an NHL game! We were immediately thrilled and a few moments later, Team Canada was introduced and they started warming up.
Twenty five year old Ted Ligety was born August 31, 1984 and is from in Salt Lake City, Utah. He’s an an alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team and doing really well at this year’s 2010 Winter Olympics! At the last Olympic Games in 2006, he was a gold medalist and he may in fact do it again. On top of that, he has 5 World Cup victories which are all in giant slalom, combined with 15 podiums, and 48 top ten finishes.
Here are some of his stats:
Height: 5′ 10″
Weight: 192 lbs
Date of Birth: August 31, 1984
Nicknames: Ligety Split, Ted Shred