Tag Archives: 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Clara Hughes, Jared Funk to Present RBC Grants

By David Klassen

Clara Hughes

Two local Olympic athletes will be on hand for the opening of a new bank in Sage Creek today.

Hometown champions Clara Hughes (cycling and speed skating) and Jared Funk (wheelchair rugby) will celebrate Team Canada’s success at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in London. The pair is appearing on behalf of RBC, who is opening its newest branch is the southeast neighbourhood.

The athletes will announce RBC Olympian Grants for organizations which have touched their lives and fostered their love of sport. The event at RBC’s newest Winnipeg retail location includes an open discussion with Funk and Hughes, special activities for children and youth and a free BBQ lunch.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 50 Sage Creek Boulevard.

Winnipeg Olympians Meet Their Fans

Winnipeg Olympians Meet Their Fans

Olympic silver medal rower Janine Hanson, rower Kevin Kowalyk, and bronze medal soccer player Desiree Scott (front to back) sign autographs at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Monday, September 10, 2012. All three Winnipeg athletes competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Local Olympic Athletes Greeting Fans on Monday

Local Olympic Athletes Greeting Fans on Monday

Desiree Scott, Janine Hanson and Kevin Kowalyk (CHRISD.CA FILE / HANDOUT)

Three Winnipeg athletes who competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games will greet their local fans on Monday.

Olympian bronze medal soccer player Desiree Scott, silver medal rower Janine Hanson, and rower Kevin Kowalyk, will be at Polo Park Shopping Centre signing autographs from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The Canadian Sport Centre Manitoba (CSCM) is hosting the event, being held in the mall’s centre court.

Scott was a pivotal part of Team Canada’s victory over France to win the bronze medal. She recently announced her return to the Manitoba Bison women’s soccer team as an assistant coach.

Hanson won the silver medal as part of Canada’s women’s eight rowing team. She also has two World Championship silver medals in women’s eight rowing to her credit, and placed 8th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in quad sculls rowing.

Kowalyk finished 6th in men’s double sculls at the 2012 London Olympics.

Silver Medallist Janine Hanson Returns to Winnipeg

Silver Medallist Janine Hanson Returns to Winnipeg

Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson arrives in Winnipeg on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Olympic rower Janine Hanson shows off her silver medal at the Winnipeg airport on Wednesday night. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Olympic silver medallist Janine Hanson returned to her hometown of Winnipeg late Wednesday night.

The 29-year-old received a similar warm welcome that fellow hometown Olympian Desiree Scott did on August 13 after the Summer Olympic Games in London.

Hanson was greeted by family, friends and fellow rowers from the Manitoba Rowing Association when she arrived at the James Richardson International Airport shortly after 10:30 p.m.

“It’s late at night and there’s so many people here, it’s exciting. Thank you so much for coming,” Hanson said of the reception.

The Canadian women’s eight rower is in town for two weeks before returning to London, Ontario where she resides.

Hanson said she’s most looking forward to spending the long weekend at her cottage surrounded by friends and family.

Desiree Scott Continues the Media Rounds

Desiree Scott Continues the Media Rounds

Olympic bronze medallist Desiree Scott appears at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on Friday, August 17, 2012 for an interview and to greet fans. The 25-year-old was part of Canada’s women’s soccer team at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The team defeated France 1-0 on August 9 to win the bronze medal. Watch video of Scott’s homecoming at the Winnipeg airport. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Olympian Desiree Scott Welcomed Home to Winnipeg

Olympian Desiree Scott Welcomed Home to Winnipeg

Olympic bronze medallist Desiree Scott returned home to Winnipeg Monday night to a roar of fans, family and friends.

Watch:

Winnipegger Desiree Scott (left) and France’s Marie-Laure Delie challenge for the ball in the women’s bronze medal soccer match in Coventry at City of Coventry Stadium at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday, August 9, 2012. (PAUL HACKETT / REUTERS)

The 25-year-old former Manitoba Bisons soccer player was an instrumental part of Team Canada at the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Scott’s women’s soccer team won bronze in a 1-0 victory over France on August 9.

The newly-crowned Olympian made her way down the escalator at James Richardson International Airport to cheers and congratulatory greetings from the hundreds who came out to welcome her. Chants of “Desiree! Desiree!” rang out moments before her anticipated arrival.

“I’m a very emotional person and to come home and hear my name being screamed the first thing I see — I’m holding back tears right now. It’s absolutely unreal. I love the support. It’s amazing,” Scott said after being welcomed by an onslaught of media.

Asked of her favourite moment from the Games, Scott said it was when teammate Diana Matheson scored the sole goal in extra time to seal Canada’s fate in securing a medal.

“Just to hear that whistle blow — that had to be the moment for me knowing I had hit the podium.”

Scott was modest when asked how she feels about narrowly blocking a shot from France with her knee in front of the net, saying it was a complete team effort.

“I just happened to throw my body and get that ball out of the back of the net. I did everything I could and I happened to be in the right place at the right time.”

Scott has also been an ambassador and role model to younger female soccer players who one day aspire to reach her level of success. That much was evident from the fanfare of young, pre-teen girls dressed in Scott’s jersey with the number 11 on the back.

“Just keep working hard and enjoy it,” were Scott’s words of advice. “You have to have fun doing what you’re doing, and I absolutely love my job.”

After being quickly whisked away from taking questions from the media, Scott took time to sign autographs and soccer balls for her adoring fans. The Olympian even shed a few tears at one point after becoming overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from her hometown city.

“My heart’s still beating very fast,” Scott added, while being drowned out by the crowd singing O Canada in the background. “This is unbelievable. I did not expect this at all. The turnout is phenomenal.”

Winnipeg’s other Olympic medallist, Janine Hanson of the women’s eight rowing team, isn’t expected back in the city with her silver medal until mid-September.

ChrisD.ca video

‘Pegger Desiree Scott Wins Bronze in Olympic Soccer Final

‘Pegger Desiree Scott Wins Bronze in Olympic Soccer Final

Winnipegger Desiree Scott (left) and France’s Marie-Laure Delie challenge for the ball in the women’s bronze medal soccer match in Coventry at City of Coventry Stadium at the London 2012 Olympic Games on Thursday, August 9, 2012. (PAUL HACKETT / REUTERS)

Winnipegger Desiree Scott is an Olympic bronze medallist after Team Canada claimed victory over France at the London 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday.

Scott’s team won 1-0 in extra time with a single goal from Diana Matheson. Scott was in the starting lineup for Canada’s national team and played the entire time in her six Olympic appearances at the Games.

Scott saved a France goal with her knee on the Canadian goal line at the 70-minute mark to preserve a scoreless game at the time. She has now made 53 appearances with Team Canada over her career.

The 25-year-old is a former University of Manitoba Bison athlete and plans to return as an assistant women’s soccer coach following the Olympics — a role she maintained during the 2011 season.

Winnipeg-born midfielder Sophie Schmidt, and midfielder/fullback Chelsea Stewart, who calls The Pas home, are also on the Canadian women’s team.

Maria Aragon Opens Olympic Viewing Lounge

Maria Aragon Opens Olympic Viewing Lounge

Winnipeg singer-songwriter Maria Aragon (right) performs for hundreds of fans at Polo Park Shopping Centre on Friday, July 27, 2012. Aragon opened up the Red Leaf Lounge in the mall’s centre court, which will act as a public viewing area to cheer on Canada’s athletes during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London until August 12.

U of M Experts Share Insight in Olympic Video Series

As the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games get underway later today, the University of Manitoba is releasing a series of videos pertaining to the London Olympics.

The first video was put out on Thursday, in which Dr. Leisha Strachan from the U of M’s Health, Leisure, and Human Performance Institute answers a number of questions relating to athletes and the games.

“Just like physical preparation — and the time that it takes to physically train — that is just as long as it takes to practice mental skills and decide what type of mental skills work best for you,” Strachan said when asked how Olympic athletes mentally prepare for the games.

On July 31, the U of M will address physiological effects of doping, future of doping, followed by the ethics/evolution of drug testing and gender testing on August 3 and Olympics as site of protest, ROI on Oly bids on August 7. Future videos can be viewed at YouTube.com/YouManitoba.

Coke Throwing Olympic-Themed Party at The Forks

Coke Throwing Olympic-Themed Party at The Forks

By David Klassen

Coca-Cola is bringing its Olympic-themed party to The Forks on Tuesday, July 24.

As part of the “Move to the Beat” bus tour, the party will get Winnipeggers in the spirit for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Entertainment will include music from The Elwins and DJ Co-op (Tim Hoover).

Other stops along the tour include Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, and Ottawa.

The fun will begin at 1 p.m. near the Scotiabank Stage.