The tiny British island of Ailsa Craig,
located in the Firth of Clyde and measuring just over 219 acres, provides the
world with curling stones. The island's granite has been used to make curling
stones - curling is a Scottish sport - since the 19th Century and still is
today. Around 70% of all the world's curling stones today were once part of
Apparently, for the first time in Olympic history, Canada currently leads in the medal count. Wahoosie.........Rock on Canada!
Canada again demonstrates grace and understanding. Man done good. Made Canada proud
Sochi 2014 - CBC Sports - Canadian cross-country coach Justin Wadsworth lends ski to Russian skier
Justin Wadsworth may be the head coach of the Canadian cross-country team, but that doesn’t mean he won’t help a rival skier in need.
When Russia’s Anton Gafarov crashed and broke a ski during a semifinal heat in the men’s cross-country sprint, Wadsworth was right there to help.
Gafarov was clearly out of the race, but still wanted to finish in front of the home crowd. But his ski was too badly damaged in the crash and he took another tumble into the snow.
That’s when Wadsworth went to help. The Canadian coach ran onto the slope, spare ski in hand, and quickly fastened it to Gafarov’s boot, drawing a cheer from the crowd.
"It's kind of like seeing an animal in a trap," Wadsworth said. "I just couldn't let him sit there."
Though the Russian was three minutes behind his competitors, he still finished the race thanks to the Canadian coach’s help.
It brought back memories of the 2006 Olympics in Torino, when Norwegian coach Bjornar Haakensmoen helped out Canadian cross-country skier Sara Renner in the team sprint event. Renner broke her ski pole halfway through the race, and Haakensmoen provided her with a new one.
Ironically, the move prevented Norway from winning a medal in the event, as Renner and Beckie Scott won silver, while the Norwegians finished in fourth. As a token of their appreciation, fans across Canada donated five tonnes of maple syrup to Haakensmoen as a thank you gift.
I heard about this today. How absolutely awesome!!! I was so proud when I heard, it was the right thing to do ♦
When Justin Wadsworth was interviewed by CTV, he told the reporter that he wanted to see the Russian skier finish the race, in front the hometown fans, with some dignity. Great examples by both men of the spirit of the Olympic Games.
I am hearing of some awesome stories of generosity and courage from our athletes.
The last silver medalist in speed skating to Morrison. He was given the chance by replacing another Canadian skater... I wish I grasped his name.
We have a down hill skier who got the sponsors hers self to go to the Olympics because Canada thought it wasn't worth it , she did finish 12 th but her determination was exemplarily.
The freestyle skier that won bronze earlier had two knee surgeries.
We had another skier who dislocated her shoulder and still continued the next event .
There seems to be depth in character of our athletes, not to forget the Canadian instructor who gave his ski to the Russian .
The mogul silver medalist who said about the gold medalist , if it wasn't for him I wouldn't have made it this far.
Medals are nice but hats off to our ambassadors, you make us proud
Athletics is more than a test of physical ability, it's also a test of patience, determination and character.
sports teaches people, from a very early age how to handle 'all' aspects
of life, another one is 'respect' for your fellow competetor.
Sometimes, I don't think that bowler who kicks the ball return when all the pins don't fall down, got that message yet. I think I may mention it sometime soon. -
those types stand out like sore thumbs, many times the problem hAs directly been handed down from one
or both of the parents, who also behaved like dim wits, and the child inherited the genetics, and
was not ever corrected.
some go through their whole lives with that attitude, they just never get it, and often become entangled
in other situations where they can't control their emotions/temper.
You can say that again, many years ago when one of my kids was in junior hockey the wife and I used to attend all his games. I'd say the behaviour of a good 1/3 of the parents was absolutely deplorable, challenging the refs, ordering the coaches around............."my Johnny is going to the N.H.L. and I think he should play centre and he should get more minutes blah, blah, blah" Like these were 8-9 years old and couldn't care less about anything other than having fun at the game they were playing. One parent was going to assault the statistician because she made a mistake in tallying up the points. Kids didn't even know was going on. Just plain childish.