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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.

Cross-Canada ‘Cheer Tour’ Celebrating Local Olympians

Cross-Canada ‘Cheer Tour’ Celebrating Local Olympians

By David Klassen

RBC is embarking on a cross-country Cheer Tour to help Canadians cheer on their local athletes headed to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

Winnipeg native Desiree Scott, three Winnipeg rowers, and runner Nicole Sifuentes are some of the local athletes competing on the world stage.

RBC’s Cheer Tour will be drawing up support at various locations across Manitoba, including Winnipeg on Saturday, August 11. One of three London cabs will be used as an attention-grabber to encourage people to stop by and pass along their good vibes. Fellow Winnipegger and former Olympian Clara Hughes will be in attendance in front of B-103 Osborne Street from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as part of the celebrations.

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Winnipeg Rowers Heading to London Olympics

Winnipeg Rowers Heading to London Olympics

By Tyler Sutherland

Three Winnipeg rowers are headed to the 2012 London Olympic games.

Rowing Canada Aviron and the Canadian Olympic Committee announced that Janine Hanson of the women’s eight, Kevin Kowalyk of the men’s double, and Morgan Jarvis of the lightweight men’s double would be joining the seven-crew Team Canada.

All three are members of the Winnipeg Rowing Club.

The regatta begins July 28.

Former Bison Soccer Player Headed to London Olympics

Former Bison Soccer Player Headed to London Olympics

By Brian Schultz

Desiree Scott (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Former Manitoba Bisons soccer player Desiree Scott is among 18 Canadian players headed to the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Scott, a Winnipeg native and current Bisons coach, was nominated to the roster by the Canadian Soccer Association.

“I am completely honoured and blessed and honestly cannot stop smiling right now. Who would have ever thought this would be possible,” Scott said in a release.

It’s the first time Scott has been selected to the national Olympic squad.

Canada faces Japan on July 25 in Coventry, South Africa on July 28 in Coventry, and Sweden on July 31 in Newcastle.

Either two or three teams will advance from each group, with eight teams participating in the quarter-final phase. The quarter-final matches are on August 3, the semi-final matches are on August 6, and the final medal matches are on 9 August.

Bisons’ Scott Headed to the 2012 Olympics

Bisons’ Scott Headed to the 2012 Olympics

Desiree Scott (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg’s Desiree Scott is on her way to the Olympics.

The University of Manitoba Bison women’s assistant soccer coach and former player will be part of Team Canada, which qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London after defeating Mexico 3-1 in a semi-final last Friday. Scott’s team won the 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Soccer Olympic Qualifying game in Vancouver to get a shot at playing in London.

Scott, 24, started and played all minutes in the semi-final match and played all minutes of two of the three matches in the group stage when Canada won all three matches against Costa Rica, Cuba and Haiti.

“It’s an Indescribable feeling right now to win such a big thing,” Scott said in a statement. “To be going to London, to share it with my teammates and in front of Canadian fans on home soil. To win this is just unbelievable and I’m speechless.”

Scott joined the Bisons soccer team as an assistant coach in 2011 after playing for five years.

Competitive Tweeting — Newest ‘Sport’ at 2012 Olympics

By Brian Schultz

The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games won’t only be competitive in-person, but also online.

The website for the Games has launched an interactive contest meant to pit competing country’s fans against each other.

The contest will seek to see which top 20 countries have the biggest online fan base based on tweets, YouTube videos and Flickr photos submitted.

Great Britain is currently in the lead with 20,000 tweets, followed by Brazil, the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands.

Fans can get involved by using the hashtag #1YearToGo while tweeting Olympic-related topics, followed by their three-letter country code.

The opening ceremony of the London Games is July 27, 2012.

Athletes Free to Tweet During 2012 Olympics

Athletes won’t have to fear any penalties while tweeting at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The Olympic Committee has set out guidelines for athletes to follow, but won’t completely ban them from using social media.

Among the guidelines are to use “first-person, diary-type formats,” stay away from vulgar language, and don’t report on events as a journalist would.

Athletes will also be allowed to upload photos when they tweet, but not audio or video from inside the venues. Doing any of the latter could earn an athlete a discharge from competing.

You can download the entire document outlining social media guidelines from Olympic.org. (PDF, 41 KB)

During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, athletes could only blog. Back then, Twitter was relatively new and unfamiliar to the Olympic governing body.