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Olympic Closing Ceremonies Get Surrealnew

It was only natural that tonight’s Olympic closing ceremonies would feel like a strange, flaring, echoing dream. The walk to B.C. place for the 5:30 p.m. start was only a couple of hundred yards from where I’d just seen Sidney Crosby score one of the biggest goals in Canadian hockey history.
The Georgia Straight  |  Brian Lynch  |  03-01-2010  |  Sports

Forced to Watch Ice Ballet? Better Get Drinkingnew

In celebration of one the most popular Olympic sports, figure skating, and to make it more enjoyable when your special friend makes you watch it, it’s time to discover Belgian-style beers. These beers are perfect for cheering on our Canadian figure skaters.
Fast Forward Weekly  |  Mike Tessier  |  02-26-2010  |  Food+Drink

The Winter Olympics Have Meant Big Business for Granite Curling Clubnew

Curling had a coming-out party during the 2006 Olympics in Turin, surprising everyone by besting more traditional winter sports like figure skating and hockey in the television ratings. Soon, curious Seattleites began to trickle into the club, eager to try their hand.
Seattle Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  02-22-2010  |  Sports

Books Explore the Games Behind the Olympic Gamesnew

This penetrating analysis by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj, a Toronto sociologist and activist, remains a classic for how thoroughly it exposes the secrecy, elitism, hypocrisy, corruption, and lack of accountability of what she calls the “Olympic industry”.
The Georgia Straight  |  Charlie Smith  |  02-16-2010  |  Nonfiction

China Dominates Olympic Pairs Figure Skating in Vancouvernew

The best athletes in any sport are praised for making the difficult appear easy — as Mario Lemieux did while gliding past opponents. But figure skaters also have to make what they do look like something profound, sincere, wrapped up in a moment of genuine emotion.
The Georgia Straight  |  Brian Lynch  |  02-16-2010  |  Sports

Games, Games, Go Away: Activists Protest the Vancouver Olympicsnew

Formed in Vancouver, the Olympic Resistance Network began mobilizing with the slogan “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land.” Stolen, because most of the territories in British Columbia were never settled with treaties, like the rest of Canada.
Montreal Mirror  |  Roxane Hudon  |  02-12-2010  |  Sports

The Thermals Write An Olympic Anthemnew

Well, isn’t this good timing. Just three days before the Winter Olympics start in Vancouver, BC, everyone’s favorite punk band the Thermals have penned an ode to the land of hockey, poutine, and mounties.
Willamette Week  |  Michael Mannheimer  |  02-10-2010  |  Reviews

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