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Olympic athletes are highly tuned physical machines competing in an arena that punishes the slightest of errors. When battling against the very best from around the world, races and games can be lost by a fraction of a second or a slight misstep. The athlete who showcases the greatest skill with the highest efficiency of movement will be the victor.
Dial up the intensity for a hill and stair workout worthy of the national skeleton team
BY KELLY FORBES
People tell me all the time, “I’d love to be on a national team! Representing our country! Training for a living and travelling the world.” It always makes me chuckle. Maybe you want to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix, too?
Watch for these athletes to shine at the Paralympics
BY DAVID LEGG
Mark down Friday, March 7, in your calendar. That’s the day you’ll be watching the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, where Canada is aiming for a top-three finish in gold medals, a level achieved at the 2010 Games.
The speed skater makes her powerful strides around the last curve. The finish line is in clear sight. Her low back is screaming from being in the forward flexed position day in and day out at training sessions, but it is her determination to be No. 1 that pushes all physical boundaries.
Canada led the medal table with a record 14 gold medals at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Is a repeat in the cards for Sochi 2014?
BY KEN READ
Outrageous. Impossible. Presumptuous. Plenty of colourful adjectives were used to describe Canada’s ambitious goal to top the medal ranking in Vancouver. But no one can argue the outcome. We did own the podium. Fourteen gold medals: a Winter Games record.