Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Heartbeat Highlights

Here are some highlights from the past week in Canadian sports.

The SportCafé website is a great place to see posts from athletes about their personal experiences. The Latest News section also have news from Canadian sports organizations.

This week's highlight posts include:

  • Lex Albrecht with a post that includes a behind-the-scenes video at the Chrono Gatineau this past weekend. Click here (will be added to SportCafé website shortly).
  • Rachel Siemens competed at the Canadian Weightlifting Championships where she finished 3rd. I love her enthusiasm and insight in her post. She also shared great photos. Click here.
  • Sport Climbing isn't in the Olympics yet, but it is in the running to be included in 2020. Sean McColl was 4th this past weekend at the Innsbruck World Cup. He wrote a great photo blog that gives us an appreciation for sport climbing. Click here. If you prefer to read the post from his World Cup victory the week before in Log-Dragomer, Slovenia, click here. If Sean's posts have piqued your curiosity, check out the IFSC Climbing channel with videos from the Innsbruck and Log-Dragomer World Cups. You can also see him compete at the World Cup being held in Hamilton on June 1st and 2nd. Click here for more detail.

Canoe-Kayak Sprint World Cup #2

Canada's Canoe/Kayak team competed in Racice, Czech Republic this past weekend.

If you missed Sportsnet telecast on the weekend, you can view race videos by clicking here.

You can view full race results here including A finals, B finals, semi-finals and heats.

Result highlights include three gold medals for Canada, although in non-Olympic events. Unfortunately these events were not televised on Sportsnet (and videos are not available on ICF's website).

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe won gold in the C1 200m and partnered with Sara-Jane Caumartin to win the C2 500m. You can view an interview with Laurence here. Last fall the International Canoe Federation decided to not include women's canoe at the 2016 Olympics however it will be at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Paul Bryant won gold in the C1 5000. He was 5th in the C1 500.

Other medallists included Genevieve Beauchesne-Sevigny and KC Fraser winning bronze in the K2 Women 500m (view race video here) and Gabriel Beauchesne-Sevigny and Roland Varga in C2 Men 500m (no race video).


Jennifer Abel and Pamela Ware won the silver in the 3m synchro event at a World Series event in Guadalajara, Mexico. Click here to watch the event video.

Jennifer Abel won the bronze in the 3m springboard event. Click here for the video.

In the 10m platform event, Roseline Filion won the bronze. Click here for the video.

Maxim Bouchard and Philippe Gagné were the silver medallists at a Grand Prix event in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 10m platform event. Philippe Gagné also won the silver in the 10m platform event. At the same competition, Emma Friesen won the silver in the 3m springboard.

The Canadian diving team will be competing at the Summer Senior National Championships in Québec City this weekend to earn spots for the World Championships. The live feed will be available here starting Thursday.

Women's Sevens World Series

Rugby Sevens has been added for the 2016 Olympics.

Canada were finalists at the Cup Event held in Netherlands on the weekend.

Click here to watch video from the event.

They played the USA in the Quarter Finals (at the 1:15:15 mark on the video)

Canada met England in the semi-final (at the 4:16:30 mark)
The finals consisted of Canada and New Zealand. (at the 7:18:41 mark - although I wasn't able to get the video to work at this point. Hopefully it's an issue with my computer rather than with the video).

Here's a great article about Olympic champion Heather Moyse (bobsleigh) who played five of the six games at the event and is hoping to be chosen for the World Cup team.

Track and Field

Athletics Canada have posted Canadian results here.

Off the track, Olympian sprinters Nikkita Holder and Justyn Warner announced that they're expecting their first child on October 29th. You can read a great article about them here. Perfect timing to still be ready for Rio 2016.

Here's Justin's tweet from last week:

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