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Obligatory Olympic Post

August 2nd, 2012
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I’m not an Olympic fan, not spending every spare moment watching the games. In fact, I have them on my phone and have so far watched half-an-hour of cycling, and I’d watch that if it was the tour de Quebec.

Every Olympics, however, there’s a couple of events, couple of compelling stories that catch me. So far in this Olympic, it’s Shin A-Lam, the South Korean fencer.


I’m not up on the niceties of fencing, but here’s the gist. There was a timekeeper error, the timekeeper in the event being a 15-year old British volunteer. Shin A-Lam had, by rights and by rules, already won the match. However, the error meant the match went for one more session. A-Lam lost in that session, thus losing the match.

In order to protest the results, a fencer must stay in the fencing area. While the officials took 45 minutes to process the official protest, the fencer sat on the mat and sobbed in front of the 8,000 spectators.


Sadly, the officials decided, quite literally, that the clock runs the referee, not the other way around and South Korea’s Shin A-Lam was out of the gold medal hunt.

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Jimmy Page at the Olympics

August 24th, 2008

Video clip of Jimmy Page and Leona Lewis performing Whole Lotta Love at the closing of the Olympic ceremonies:

It’s unbelievable that the French TV commentators can’t shut up for the 4 or 5 minutes that someone is singing a song. That’s right, the world tuned in to hear what you dunderheads think, en francais, of Jimmy Page/Leona Lewis/Led Zeppelin.

None the less, it’s a good performance, and Leona Lewis handles the song very well.

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The Non-Olympics Story

August 18th, 2008
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I was hoping to get through the Olympics without posting on the subject. This story, however, was too good, too nice to pass up on.

Nova Scotia’s Tracy Cameron and her rowing partner, Melanie Kok, claimed the bronze in lightweight double sculls early Sunday morning, narrowly beating the fourth-place German team by just 0.04 of a second…

After the race, Ms. Kok was whisked away to complete her drug test while Ms. Cameron was free to go. She was planning to go to the grandstand to meet her family but met her brother along the way — ordering a round at the beer tent.

After a few hugs, she asked if she could deliver the dozen or so suds to the grandstand.

“It was like, ‘OK, they don’t know I’m coming, so let me do the delivery,” Ms. Cameron said with a giggle. “He took the flowers, I took the whole tray full of beer, and I’m like, ‘Anybody thirsty here?’ They went crazy!

Minutes after winning a bronze medal in the Olympics, Tracy Cameron delivered a tray of beer to the rabid Canadian rowing fans. Truly a gracious act, and a new favourite Olympian here in Hespeler.

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Addendums to List

February 23rd, 2006
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I just love a woman who when she smiles, her whole face smiles:

Chandra Crawford and Jennifer Heil – I love your smiles.

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