Society: Arts and Science – December 22

Today is International Thanksgiving Day! A day to celebrate your life in a special way…

Swedish and Norwegian committees bestow Nobel Prizes in recognition of cultural or scientific advances. In 1895, the will of Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel established the prizes.
Frank Billings Kellogg was born on this date in 1856. He was an American lawyer, politician and statesman who served in the US Senate and as US Secretary of State. He co-authored the Kellogg–Briand Pact, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 1929.

Parade of Champions!

Highlighting the parade of Olympic champions in Calgary on June 6, 2014 will be more than two hundred athletes and coaches who have reached spectacular success in the world of sport. Many of our favourite Olympians and Paralympians will take part in the event. Starting with the Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast at 1000, the celebration will continue to the afternoon. The parade will tart at 1130 from 10 Ave SW and running along 8 St SW to end at the Olympic Plaza. The Olympic Committee has planned a first class event with live entertainment and interaction with coaches and athletes. There will be opportunities for autographs while you are meeting these incredible people. Many will speak at the event usually through an onstage interview session. Some of our champions who have confirmed their attendance are World silver medallist bobsledder Jesse Lumsden, Olympic champion curler Jennifer Jones, Olympic champion curler Brad Jacobs, Olympic silver medallist women’s skater Kaetlyn Osmond, Olympic champion men’s skater Patrick Chan, Olympic champion ice dancer Tessa Virtue, Olympic champion ice dancer Scott Moir, Olympic champion and silver medallist women’s moguls Maxime and Justine Dufour-Lapointe, double Olympic champion men’s moguls Alex Bilodeau, and silver medallist speed skater Denny Morrison. Paralympic athletes taking part include triple gold medallist para-Nordic skier Brian McKeever, opening ceremony flag bearer and wheelchair curling gold medallist Sonja Gaudet, closing ceremony flag bearer and para-alpine gold and silver medallist Josh Dueck, and many more.
Many of the favourite characters of the 2014 Sochi Olympics will attend. In his first Olympic games, Calgarian Gilmore Junio placed tenth in the five hundred meter speed racing and was awarded a special commemorative medal for his part in the success of the speed skating team on May 15, 2014 in Kitchener. With a swell of pride, many Canadians were in tears when this fine athlete gave his place in the Olympics to another athlete. Personal considerations aside, he felt Denny Morrison had a better chance at winning a medal for the Canadian team. Of course, we know that Morrison won the silver and focused the entire team on their pursuit of Olympic glory. The commemorative medal was a special honour in that $7000 was raised through a crowd-sourcing fundraising effort. While many Canadians will celebrate the hockey players who will achieve both a gold medal and a Stanley Cup in the same year, we will all be happy to celebrate Junio’s contribution again and again.
One of the favourite athletes of the London Olympics is Karine Sergerie. She was a top eight performer in Taekwondo after following up on her silver medal performance at the Beijing Olympics. As one of the many athletes who retire from the pressures of Olympic sport, she is a reminder of the glory and the effort that follows great athletes through the Olympic journey. Suffering from chronic back pain and working through depression she is an ongoing icon of success in life. Olympic champion Clara Hughes is cycling throughout Canada to raise awareness about mental health. Almost all athletes have overcome their challenges to meet their goals and make Canadians proud. The dedication of our youth to find success in the Olympics is most poignant when they overcome mental challenges.
Alex Bilodeau thrilled us with a repeat performance in the opening days at Sochi. Under the pressure of a strong field of challengers, he responded with another incredible performance. He is the first athlete to win gold on the soil of his home country and this performance ranks up there in personal achievement.
The Olympics will always be a family affair thanks to Maxime, Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. Their competition at the beginning of the Sochi Olympics built filial piety throughout Canada. Surely van sales took off as parents shrugged off the early mornings and long drives to sports practices.
Some of the other favourites are also expected to attend the Parade of Champions. Women’s bobsledders Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are the extreme sport darlings of winter sport. Other than their gender, they take part in one of the most old school of the winter Olympic sports but they have made a unique, Canadian statement about speed, strength, stamina, and gender.
The Olympic hockey teams are the stars of any event and we hope to see many of this countries best known athletes at the parade of champions. Many of the men’s team members are close to our mind due to the playoffs and we will enjoy reliving the improbable gold medal game of the women’s team. The puck interfered with by the official and hitting the goal post is a sports story that could not be fiction. Heroes forever to boys and girls, men and women of Canada, they deserve all the accolades they receive.

Olympic Committee’s Parade of Champions

The 2014 Parade of Champions takes place in Calgary on June 7. Attending members of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Team are Phil Brown of Toronto, ON (Alpine Skiing), Mike Janyk of Whistler, BC (Alpine Skiing), Erin Mielzynski of Guelph, ON (Alpine Skiing), Manuel Osborne-Paradis of Invermere, BC (Alpine Skiing), Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, QC (Alpine Skiing), Brad Spence of Calgary, AB (Alpine Skiing), Elli Terwiel of Sun Peaks, BC (Alpine Skiing), Rosanna Crawford of Canmore, AB (Biathlon), Brendan Green of Hay River, NT (Biathlon), Megan Imrie of FalcON (Lake, MB (Biathlon), Zina Kocher of Red Deer, AB (Biathlon), Jean-Philippe of Le Guellec Shannon, QC (Biathlon), Scott Perras of Regina, SK (Biathlon), Nathan Smith of Calgary, AB (Biathlon), Lascelles Brown of Calgary, AB (Bobsleigh), Jenny Ciochetti of Edmonton, AB (Bobsleigh), Ben Coakwell of Regina, SK (Bobsleigh), Justin Kripps of Summerland, BC (Bobsleigh), Jesse Lumsden of Burlington, ON (Bobsleigh), medallist Heather Moyse of Summerside, PEI (Bobsleigh), Tim Randall of Burlington, ON (Bobsleigh), Lyndon of Rush Humboldt, SK (Bobsleigh), Cody Sorensen of Ottawa, ON (Bobsleigh), Chris Spring of Calgary, AB (Bobsleigh), Neville Wright of Edmonton, AB (Bobsleigh), Ivan Babikov of Canmore, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Jesse Cockney of Canmore, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Chandra Crawford of Canmore, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Daria Gaiazova of Banff, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Perianne Jones of Almonte, ON (Cross-Country Skiing), Emily Nishikawa of Whitehorse, YT (Cross-Country Skiing), Lenny Valjas of Toronto, ON (Cross-Country Skiing), Amanda Ammar of Onoway, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Heidi Widmer of Banff, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), medallist Dawn McEwen of Winnipeg, MB (Curling), medallist Caleb Flaxey of Caledon, ON (Curling), medallist Ryan Fry of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Curling), medallist E.J. Harnden of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Curling), medallist Ryan Harnden of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Curling), medallist Brad Jacobs of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Curling), medallist Jennifer Jones of Winnipeg, MB (Curling), medallist Kaitlyn Lawes of Winnipeg, MB (Curling), medallist Jill Officer of Winnipeg, MB (Curling), medallist Kirsten Wall of Milton, ON (Curling), medallist Patrick Chan of Toronto, ON (Figure Skating), Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Meagan Duhamel of Lively, ON (Figure Skating), Mitchell Islam of Barrie, ON (Figure Skating), Paige Lawrence of Kennedy, SK (Figure Skating), medallist Scott Moir of Ilderton, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Kirsten Moore-Towers of St. Catharines, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Dylan Moscovitch of Toronto, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, NL/Sherwood Park, AB (Figure Skating), Alexandra Paul of Midhurst, ON (Figure Skating), Andrew Poje of Waterloo, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Eric Radford of Balmertown, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Kevin Reynolds of Coquitlam, BC (Figure Skating), Rudi Swiegers of Kipling, SK (Figure Skating), medallist Tessa Virtue of London, ON (Figure Skating), Kaitlyn Weaver of Waterloo, ON (Figure Skating), medallist Alex Bilodeau of Rosemère, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), Noah Bowman of Calgary, AB (Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe), Justin Dorey of Vernon, BC (Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe), Maxime Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), medallist Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), medallist Chloé Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), Travis Gerrits of Milton, ON (Freestyle Skiing – Aerials), Roz Groenewoud of Calgary, AB (Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe), Keltie Hansen of Edmonton, AB (Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe), medallist Dara Howell of Huntsville, ON (Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle), medallist Mikaël Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), medallist Kim Lamarre of Quebec City, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle), Philippe Marquis of Quebec City, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), medallist Mike Riddle of Sherwood Park, AB (Freestyle Skiing – Halfpipe), Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City, QC (Freestyle Skiing – Moguls), Yuki Tsubota of Whistler, BC (Freestyle Skiing – Slopestyle), Brady Leman of Calgary, AB (Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross), medallist Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, BC (Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross), Georgia Simmerling of West Vancouver, BC (Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross), medallist Marielle Thompson of Whistler, BC (Freestyle Skiing – Ski Cross), medallist Meghan Agosta-Marciano of Ruthven, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Mélodie Daoust of Valleyfield, QC (Ice Hockey), medallist Laura Fortino of Hamilton, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Haley Irwin of Thunder Bay, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Rebecca Johnston of Sudbury, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Charline Labonté of Boisbriand, QC (Ice Hockey), medallist Geneviève Lacasse of Kingston, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Jocelyne Larocque of Ste. Anne, MB (Ice Hockey), medallist Meaghan Mikkelson of St. Albert, AB (Ice Hockey), medallist Caroline Ouellette of Montreal, QC (Ice Hockey), medallist Marie-Philip Poulin of Beauceville, QC (Ice Hockey), medallist Lauriane Rougeau of Beaconsfield, QC (Ice Hockey), medallist Natalie Spooner of Scarborough, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Jennifer Wakefield of Pickering, ON (Ice Hockey), medallist Catherine Ward of Montreal, QC (Ice Hockey), Sam Edney of Calgary, AB (Luge), John Fennell of Calgary, AB (Luge), Alex Gough of Calgary, AB (Luge), Arianne Jones of Calgary, AB (Luge), Mitchel Malyk of Calgary, AB (Luge), Kimberley McRae of Calgary, AB (Luge), Justin Snith of Calgary, AB (Luge), Tristan Walker of Cochrane, AB (Luge), John Fairbairn of Calgary, AB (Skeleton), Eric Neilson of Kelowna, BC (Skeleton), Sarah Reid of Calgary, AB (Skeleton), Taylor Henrich of Calgary, AB (Ski Jumping), Trevor Morrice of Calgary, AB (Ski Jumping), Matthew Rowley of Red Deer, AB (Ski Jumping), Atsuko Tanaka of Calgary, AB (Ski Jumping), Caroline Calvé of Aylmer, QC (Snowboard), Alexandra Duckworth of Kingsburg, NS (Snowboard), Rob Fagan of Cranbrook, BC (Snowboard), Kevin Hill of Vernon, BC (Snowboard), Jake Holden of Caledon, ON (Snowboard), Ariane Lavigne of Lac-Supérieur, QC (Snowboard), Marianne Leeson of Burlington, ON (Snowboard), Derek Livingston of Aurora, ON (Snowboard), medallist Dominique Maltais of Petite-Rivière St-François, QC (Snowboard), Mercedes Nicoll of Whistler, BC (Snowboard), Maëlle Ricker of West Vancouver, BC (Snowboard), Chris Robanske of Calgary, AB (Snowboard), Katie Tsuyuki of Toronto, ON (Snowboard), Ivanie Blondin of Ottawa, ON (Long Track Speed Skating), Anastasia Bucsis of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Kali Christ of Regina, SK (Long Track Speed Skating), Vincent De Haître of Cumberland, ON (Long Track Speed Skating), William Dutton of Humboldt, SK (Long Track Speed Skating), Jamie Gregg of Edmonton, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Marsha Hudey of White City, SK (Long Track Speed Skating), Gilmore Junio of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Lucas Makowsky of Regina, SK (Long Track Speed Skating), medallist Denny Morrison of Fort St. John, BC (Long Track Speed Skating), Brittany Schussler of Winnipeg, MB (Long Track Speed Skating), Brianne Tutt of Airdrie, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Danielle Wotherspoon-Gregg of Red Deer, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), medallist Charle Cournoyer of Boucherville, QC (Short Track Speed Skating), Michael Gilday of Yellowknife, NT (Short Track Speed Skating), medallist Charles Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC (Short Track Speed Skating), François Hamelin of Sainte-Julie, QC (Short Track Speed Skating), Olivier Jean of Lachenaie, QC (Short Track Speed Skating), medallist Valérie Maltais of La Baie, QC (Short Track Speed Skating), medallist Marianne St-Gelais of St-Felicien, QC (Short Track Speed Skating).
Attending members of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Coaches are Ben Black of Aspen, CO (Alpine Skiing), Serge Dugas of Magog, QC (Alpine Skiing), Matthias Ahrens of anmore, AB (Biathlon), Stephan Bosch of Penzberg, GER (Bobsleigh), Chris Le Bihan of Kelowna, BC (Bobsleigh), Nathan Cicoria of Calgary, AB (Bobsleigh / Skeleton), Eric de Nys of Canmore, AB (Cross-Country Skiing), Tom Coulterman of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Curling), Paul Webster of Calgary, AB (Curling), Patricia Hole of Virden, MB (Figure Skating), Kathy Johnson of Kansas City, MO (Figure Skating), Ravi Walia of Edmonton, AB (Figure Skating), Marc McDonell of Squamish, BC (Freestyle Skiing), TrennON (Paynter of Squamish, BC (Freestyle Skiing), Toben Sutherland of Orillia, ON (Freestyle Skiing), Marc-André Moreau of Chambly, QC (Freestyle Skiing), Danielle Goyette of St-Nazaire, QC (Ice Hockey), Lisa Haley of Westville, NS (Ice Hockey), Todd McClements of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Bart Schouten of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Xiuli Wang of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), Mark Wild of Calgary, AB (Long Track Speed Skating), JonathON (Cavar of Calgary, AB (Short Track Speed Skating).
Attending members of the Sochi 2014 Canadian Paralympic Team are medallist Caleb Brousseau of Terrace, BC (Para-Alpine), medallist Nick Brush of Panorama, BC (Para-Alpine – Guide), medallist Josh Dueck of Kimberley, BC (Para-Alpine), medallist Robin Fémy of Mont-Tremblant, QC (Para-Alpine – Guide), medallist Kimberly Joines of Rossland, BC (Para-Alpine), Erin Latimer of Toronto, ON (Para-Alpine), BraydON (Luscombe of Duncan, BC (Para-Alpine), medallist Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste. Marie, ON (Para-Alpine), Kurt Oatway of Calgary, AB (Para-Alpine), Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, AB (Para-Alpine), Alexandra Starker of Calgary, AB (Para-Alpine), medallist Chris Williamson of Toronto, ON (Para-Alpine), medallist Mark Arendz of Hartsville, PEI (Para-Nordic), Caroline Bisson of Ottawa, ON (Para-Nordic), Colette Bourgonje of Porcupine Plain, SK (Para-Nordic), medallist Erik Carleton of Canmore, AB (Para-Nordic – Guide), Sébastien Fortier of Quebec City, QB Para-Nordic), Louis Fortin of Shippagan, NB Para-Nordic), Margarita Gorbounova of Ottawa, ON (Para-Nordic), Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, SK (Para-Nordic), medallist Chris Klebl of Canmore, AB (Para-Nordic), medallist Brian McKeever of Canmore, AB (Para-Nordic), Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, ON (Para-Nordic), John Leslie of Arnprior, ON (Para-Snowboard), Tyler Mosher of Whistler, BC (Para-Snowboard), Michelle Salt of Calgary, AB (Para-Snowboard), medallist Brad Bowden of Orton, ON (Sledge Hockey), medallist Adam Dixon of Barrie, ON (Sledge Hockey), medallist James Gemmell of Quesnel, BC (Sledge Hockey), medallist Dominic Larocque of Quebec City, QC (Sledge Hockey), medallist Karl Ludwig of Brampton, ON (Sledge Hockey), medallist Tyler McGregor of Forest, ON (Sledge Hockey), medallist Graeme Murray of Gravenhurst, ON (Sledge Hockey), medallist Ina Forrest of Fort St. John, BC (Wheelchair Curling), medallist Sonja Gaudet of North Vancouver, BC (Wheelchair Curling), medallist Mark Ideson of Parry Sound, ON (Wheelchair Curling), medallist Dennis Thiessen of Crystal City, MB (Wheelchair Curling).
Attending Sochi 2014 Paralympic Coaches are Lasse Ericsson of Kimberley, BC (Para-Alpine – Coach), Jean-Sébastien Labrie of Plessisville, QC (Para-Alpine – Head Coach), Sven Pouliot of Quebec City, QC (Para-Alpine – Coach), Robin McKeever of Canmore, AB (Para-Nordic – Head Coach), Bjorn Taylor of Lamont, AB (Para-Nordic – Coach), Kaspar Wirz of Saskatoon, SK (Para-Nordic – Coach), Joe Rea of Prince George, BC (Wheelchair Curling – Coach).

Preparing for the Olympic football test

The next test for the Olympic-bound Women’s National Team is the Cyprus Cup. They are hoping to take home the Cup for the third consecutive time. This is a FIFA event and will see the Canadian national soccer team tested by European teams. The Canadian team has been practicing in the last week as well as evaluating some additional talent after the qualifying CONCACAF tournament held earlier this year in Vancouver.
The team was full for the Vancouver contests with wins over Haiti, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Mexico. They fell short in the final against the Americans. And now the real work begins as the dream match-up at this year’s Olympics would be a gold medal game against the Americans in London. The team has been working very hard to out-perform their seventh place ranking.
Next week’s tournament will give the Canadians another test. On February 28, they face Scotland ranked twenty second. Eleventh ranked Italy should prove to be a tougher challenge on March 1. On March 4, fourteenth ranked Netherlands should also be tough on the pitch. The toughest match should take place on March 31 against fifth place Sweden. A long time to be on the road but the team expects these tests and the intervening practive time will help with their preparations. The local TV programming has already lost its lustre. Perhaps supporters of the national team could send some DVDs to help the team relax in their off-hours.

Kerber vs Sharapova, Wickmayer vs Barhel, Zakopalova vs Goerges, Vinci vs Baroli in quarter finals the WTA Open GDF Suez in Paris

  • At the Women’s Tennis Association Open GDF Suez second round in Paris, top seed Maria Sharapova of Russia defeated Chanelle Schepers of South Africa in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) on February 8 to continue her quest for number one ranking.
  • Also in the second round, sixth seed Julia Goerges of Germany defeated Petra Cetkovska of Czech Republic (6-1, 6-4).

  • Still in the first round, seventh seed Roberta Vinci of Italy defeated Simone Halep of Romania in a tight match (6-4,6-4).
  • Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain was taken out by sixty-second ranked and home-towner Pauline Parmentier in three sets (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).
  • Yanina Wickmayer of Belorus defeated American Jill Craybas who after the first set (6-1) ret with a right leg injury.
  • Monica Niculescu of Romania defeated Lacoste model Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia (6-1, 4-6, 6-4).
  • American Christina McHale defeated fellow American Varvara Lepchenko (6-4, 7-5).
  • Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic defeated Alizé Cornet of France (6-3, 6-1).
  • Taking a third tie-breaker in the first round, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Kristina Barrois of Germany (7-6, 6-2).

  • On February 9, Marion Bartoli of France defeated Petra Martic of Croatia (7-5, 6-1) to take her place in the Open GDF Suez quarterfinals. Despite seven double-faults, second seed Bartoli won seven consecutive games to lead 4-0 in the second set. “My serve cost me in the first set,’ she said. ‘Either I was making double- faults or I was serving too softly.’ Isn’t that everyone’s problem.
  • Italian Vinci beat qualifying American Bethanie Mattek-Sands (6-3, 1-6, 6-3). The seventh-seed broke twice in the final set, but clinched her victory when Mattek-Sands put a backhand in the net. In the first set, Mattek-Sands struggled with her serve. She made four double-faults and landing less than half of her first serves. But the American jumped ahead 5-0 in the next set to even the match following a wide forehand. Against the odds, injured Mattek-Sands finished the match. Suffering from back pain, in the last set, she sobbed through the changeover and a therapist was called in to massage her left hip and thigh.
  • Belorussian Wickmayer ousted American McHale (6-2, 7-5). Saving three match points, the teenaged American staved off the challenge at 5-4, but Wickmayer converted her fourth match point off a wide backhand.
  • Barthel of Germany defeated the French wild card Pauline Parmentier (6-3, 6-0). The German qualifier, who won the Hobart International last month in Australia, converted her second match point with a spectacular backhand crosscourt winner.
  • With her first quarterfinal since the Korea Open in September, Czech Zakopalova cruised past Tsvetana Pironkova (6-0, 6-3).
  • A U.S. Open semifinalist, Kerber edged Monica Niculescu of Romania (6-3, 4-6, 6-3).

In Friday’s quarters, Kerber plays top-seeded Maria Sharapova, Wickmayer faces Barthel, Zakopalova meets sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany and Vinci takes on Bartoli.