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It Takes a Community to Raise an Athlete

An enormous amount of support and resources are behind trying to get an athlete to the Olympics, and not only for the Olympic year, but during those 4 years in between. We depend greatly on Government funding, but we put ourselves in a vulnerable position if we rely solely on it. I was just recently [...]

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Post-Olympic Haze

It’s been weeks since the Olympic Games and it’s still a bit of a blur. Looking back, I feel like I’m living in a haze, not knowing what day or even month it is. Everything is “post” Olympics at this point. Such a big build up over several years and now BANG! It’s over. I’ve [...]

Pre-Olympics: Doing it for the High

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Pre-Olympics: Doing it for the High

Apparently, we have all had an early childhood experience of getting a high. I see my 3 year old daughter get high on a frequent basis. It starts with a little dance, then a few ballerina moves, and then all of a sudden…spin after spin after spin… into uncontrollable spinning and laughing, that eventually ends [...]

Canadian Record: 6599pts in pictures

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Canadian Record: 6599pts in pictures

All Photographs: Mr Jan Lips, Head Coach, Calgary Warriors Track Club

Countdown to 2012

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Countdown to 2012

It’s become a bit of a tradition. Every year, during the Holiday break I find myself in a bookstore with my husband- a place we both love to get lost in. Somehow, right before leaving the bookstore my husband remembers this unspoken tradition and pulls me over to the astrology section. Although we’re not big [...]

Rolling with the Punches

Rolling with the Punches

I’m writing this blog on my 10 hour flight from South Korea back home to Canada. I’m leaving the 2011 IAAF World Championships, where I had a disappointing 9th place finish. I’ve been having difficulty writing this blog, and in finding perspective on why things didn’t go as we had planned. So, I dropped my [...]

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Why I Hate Heptathlon…. at least sometimes

Reflections on 2011 World Championships: During these past World Championships, on several occasions I found myself asking … “Why the hell do I do this? Why did I have to choose a sport that makes me feel absolutely exhausted all the time, and that is so emotionally draining?“    This questioning could have been part of the reason I performed so poorly at [...]

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Back On Track

One of the most frequently asked questions since my return back to the track is if I’m back to where I left off before having a baby. The Olympic Games in 2008 were my last major competition before conceiving, where I achieved a personal best, broke the Canadian record, and placed 5th in the World [...]

Finding what Works Best for You

Advice for young athletes who attended the “Skate Like a Girl” weekend.   What I have discovered over the years is that every athlete is unique. What works for one athlete doesn’t necessarily work for the next. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged or frustrated when we’re not having the same positive outcome as your [...]