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Vancouver 2010 Olympics: My Opinion

In: Dan, Sports & Health
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Everyone in Vancouver has been voicing their opinion on the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, including our very own Adam and Patrick who clearly have opposing views. As Patrick mentioned, I was fortunate to be part of the Opening Ceremonies, dancing and ‘fiddling’ as part of the Rhythm of the Fall cast. The experience was something that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.

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There was a moment, a few minutes before I was about to climb the stairs beneath the stage in BC place and perform for our city Vancouver, our country Canada and the world. The level of well wishes and outpouring I received from friends and family across the world just further enhanced my excitement and desire to make everyone proud. I feel like I succeeded, for the most part. There will always be those people who have a negative reaction to pretty much every concept imaginable to mankind, so why would 2010 be any different.

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Pedal to the Medals

In: Patrick, Sports & Health
canada-olympic-medals-2010

Four days into the Olympics now, and the US leads the pack in number of medals thus far with 8 medals in total. With four medals, Canada ranks in fourth, Germany with 6 and France with 5. It’s been pretty exciting so far, especially now that Canada has received it’s first Gold while at home, thanks to 22 year old Alexandre Bilodeau from Quebec who finished first in the men’s moguls skiing final at Cypress Mountain. The city – well, the country was and is ecstatic!

Tonight, I get to go watch the Victory ceremony for Canadian Silver Medal winner Mike Robertson, who finished second in the men’s snowboard cross yesterday. One of the Hotties of the Day, Seth Wescott, took home the Gold for the US. There will also be a Victory Ceremony for the Men’s 500m speed skating which also took place yesterday. The Barenaked Ladies will be performing as well. Looking forward to it!

Most memorable moments for me during the Olympics so far, after the jump…

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“Speedskater Catriona Le May Doan was left standing holding her torch aloft.”

Have more hilarious words ever been spoken? We all know I’m one of the bigger anti-Olympians out there, but nothing in the world could have prepared me for the utterly awesome failure that was last night’s torchlighting. Showing up in the 5th hour to Donovan’s busy Olympic viewing party, I made sure to sport my received-that-day “Nobody Cares” Vancouver 2010 t-shirt from bustedtees. Surviving the gauntlet of jeers from my brainwashed “pro 2010″ friends, I poured myself a huge glass of wine and settled down to watch the last 30 minutes of the show as K.D. Lang belted out “Hallelujah”.

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As the ceremonies came to a close and two well-known Canadian men took the stage with their torches (and two barely-to-not-at-all known women as well), we all anxiously awaited the grand finale. Realizing that millions upon millions of dollars had been poured without any care in the world into this show, we all expected a pretty huge shabang. And, it did NOT disappoint. So, spread out in very original “boy/girl/boy/girl” style, the famed Canadians awaited the rise of their giant icicle torches: WAH WAHHHHH. As Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash, Nancy Greene and Catriona Le May Doan all stood there expectantly, we at home (and in the stadium) realized something wasn’t right: the Olympic torchlighting began to abort…

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Buying A Bike

In: Charge It, Kevin, Sports & Health
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Last week I announced my participation in the People With Aids/Toronto Friends for Life Bike Rally, a 660 Kilometre bike ride from Toronto to Montreal (sponsor me!). I mentioned then that my first step was to buy a bike, which started with educating myself and searching for the right one. I had no idea it was going to be so confusing!

My friend Brennon and I went out last Saturday afternoon tromping all over Toronto (literally) to about 6 different shops to learn about the different bikes they carried, sizing, equipment and prices. It was an exhausting day, but we learned a TON. That said, it wasn’t until my visit yesterday to Toronto’s Hello Velo bike shop that I was able to put all the pieces together and find the perfect bike for me.

During our research everyone talked to us about sizing, making sure you have the correct fit, making sure the equipment and accessories you buy fit you properly, etc… but there always seemed to be something missing to tie it all together. I didn’t have a basis from which to choose the bike I wanted other than “well, that one looks pretty…” and so was constantly worried that I was going to choose a bike that was fundamentally not made for my body type. Luckily, my friend Mike referred me to his friend Paul at Hello Velo and everything came together.

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The Olympics kick off tomorrow with an incredibly exciting and highly anticipated Opening Ceremonies at BC Place. Trust me – it’s an amazing show. Know what else is amazing? The hot athletes that are in town – specifically in this case, the male athletes.

From hockey players to luge, figure skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and more, these guys are in tip top shape and looking golden. Some of them have done some shirtless campaigns or have just been photographed training, while others just have to smile to melt the fake snow here in Vancouver. For the past several weeks I’ve been writing about these hot athletes, introducing them to you and dangling their hot photos and videos in front of you, so you’ll know them if you see them “out & about.”

Check out the pictures and choose your top 3 hotties, so we can later see who win’s the Bronze, Silver, and Gold for the 2010 Olympic Hotties. If you want to look at more pictures of the athletes, or learn more about them, simply click on their name and it’ll take you their “Hottie of the Day” article.

Check out their pics and vote, after the jump…

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This young German hottie (20 years old) competes in the luge, and was the youngest world champion ever when he was 18 years old. He’s been competing in the sport since 1995 and on Team Germany since 2006. He won four gold medals at the FIL World Luge Championships – wow! Two of them were in the men’s singles (2008 AND 2009) and two in the mixed team event (2008 AND 2009). When he won the golds in 2008, that is when he became the youngest world champion ever. Amazing!

Here are some of his stats:

Sport: Luge
Birthdate: July 24, 1989
Home: Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 202 lbs
Event: Men’s Singles

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warren-shouldice-shirtless

This chiseled stud is a Canadian freestyle skier that competes in aerials. His best overall World Cup finish came in 2006, when he placed third, right behind teammate Kyle Nissen (who’s also a hottie). He had qualified in 3rd place at the Torino Olympics, but ended up with 6th place for his two jumps. He’s got a really good chance this year!

Here are some of his stats:

Event: Freestyle skiing
Age: 26 (Born April 1, 1983)
Hometown: Calgary
Achievements: 3rd place at 2009 World Championships & 6th Place at 2006 Torino Olympics
Watch: February 22, 2010

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He just ranked in 3rd place on January 18th at Lake Placid. Photo of his victory above. The aerialist recently suffered a concussion after he fell and injured himself landing a jump in the men’s finals of the Canada Post Freestyle Grand Prix, in January, in Mont Gabriel, Quebec. He has since recovered and still going to give it his all at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, which starts in 3 days.

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fat-on-the-inside

According to Dr. Jimmy Bell (professor of molecular imaging at Imperial College, London), “Being thin doesn’t automatically mean you’re not fat.”

What he means is that slimmer people aren’t necessary healthier than their hefty counterparts. The amount of fat that surrounds our vital organs which we can’t see can be just as dangerous as the muffin tops and back fats that we can see.  That being said, you skinny people shouldn’t try to eliminate your internal fat altogether. Your vital organs need some fat for protection which cushions them to prevent injuries or damage. People that rely on diet to maintain their weight rather than combining it with exercise are likely to have major internal fat deposits even if they appear to be slim on the outside.

This just shows that regular exercise in conjunction with a regulated diet is important to an overall healthy lifestyle. Exercise doesn’t mean you have to invest in hours at the gym. It could be anything from indoor/outdoor sports, jogging outside, rollerblading, hiking and many more fun alternatives.

Check out the full article on the next part of the post.

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