Monday, August 13, 2012

My stories from the 2012 Olympics

Olympic Stadium: Where I lived

Incredibly nice to be home. On the couch. Half asleep.

Normally when I travel for work, the trips all all quick hops - five days here, five days there, in and out to New York or Philadelphia or wherever for a hockey game or three. 

The Olympics? Wow. 

A little more than three weeks away in a different country, one I had never been to before, and where you're working every single day. (Some days for 14 or more hours a day.)

Great assignment. Tough assignment. 

Here's a collection of some of the stories I wrote over there, as much for my benefit for looking back on as anything. I mostly only covered track and field, kayak and canoe, rowing and a little volleyball and weightlifting.

I don't plan on updating this blog very often, but this seemed like a find place to store a few of these links (my favourites are in bold):

Previews: Pundits project Canada to win 17 to 22 medals
Previews: Can Canadian rowers continue to set the pace?
Previews: 10 Canadian Olympians to follow on Twitter
Day 1: The biggest names among the 2012 flag bearers
Day 2: Royal watching is an unofficial sport
Day 3: Women’s eight crew makes a statement
Day 4: The long road Canada’s beach volleyballers took to the Games
Day 5: Christine Girard ends women's weightlifting podium jinx
Day 6: Atmosphere, setting and skin: Beach volleyball one hot ticket
Day 7: High hopes rest on huge shoulders of Dylan Armstrong
Day 7: How a Soviet hammer champ pushed Armstrong to the top
Day 7: How Own the Podium changed everything for Canada
Day 8: Armstrong falls short of podium in men’s Olympic shot put
Day 9: Even without podium, shot put on map thanks to Armstrong
Day 9: Canada’s Jessica Zelinka misses the podium in heptathlon
Day 10: Oldershaw moving out of van Koeverden’s shadow
Day 10: Will this be Adam Van Koeverden’s last paddle?
Day 10: Canadian Justyn Warner bows out in 100-metre semis
Day 11: Even without a win, Pistorius makes real impact
Day 11: Three Canadians through in 100-metre women's hurdles
Day 12: Kayaking siblings compete with dad in mind
Day 13: Canada’s Mark Oldershaw wins canoe bronze
Day 14: Damian Warner finishes fifth in Olympic decathlon
Day 15: Canadian men’s 4x100 relay is running for respect
Day 16: Canadian men's relay team goes from bronze to heartache
Day 17: The stories behind the 18 Canadian Olympic medals
Looking back: There's no shame in celebrating bronze

Thanks to those who followed along during my time in London. I'm now off for a few weeks in order to get ready for an NHL season that may not even exist.

Have a great August.

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