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Sledge Hockey

I’m sitting here watching Canada play Italy in Paralympic sledge hockey1 and it got me wondering how and when sledge hockey was created.  So, thanks to the wonder of Wikipedia, I now know that:

  • sledge hockey was created in the early 1960s by two men from Sweden who wanted to play hockey despite their physical disabilities
  • Canada’s first sledge hockey team was established in 1982
  • sledge hockey was first played as an official Paralympic event in 1994 in Lillehammer, Norway
  • women were allowed to play on the men’s sledge hockey teams for the first time at the 2010 at the Vancouver Paralympics, but none of the teams chose to have any women on their rosters

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8f/Ice_hockey_sled.jpg

The sledge is made of a metal frame with two skate blades on the bottom.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/73/Carbon_sled_hockey_sticks.jpg

The sticks look like half of a regular sized ice hockey stick with picks on the end that are used to propel the athlete across the ice.

The goalie’s glove also has picks on it to allow the goalie to move him- or herself across the ice. I couldn’t find a picture of a glove that I can use on my blog, but here are a couple of links to a photo so you can check it out.

Image Credit: Picture of an ice hockey sledge is from the Wikimedia Commons, in the public domain.  The picture of the sledge hockey stick is also from the Wikimedia Commons and is also in the public domain.

  1. on TV, not live. I’ll be watching live sledge hockey on Wednesday night []

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Olympics Memorabilia

When I was a kid, we had the Calgary ’88 Olympics glasses from Petro-Canada. I’d be willing to bet that most Canadians remember these glasses – everyone I’ve mentioned them to recently has said, “The ones with the gold that flaked off?”  Yup, those would be the ones.  They looked like this1:

In the process of moving, it struck me that I only have three glasses2.  I had an unholy number of mugs – in fact, I donated about half of them to the thrift store – but not so much on the glasses front.  So, I decided that buying the Vancouver 2010 Olympics glasses from Petro-Canada would solve both my lack-of-glasses problem and my desire-for-keepsakes problem3.  Plus, proceeds from the glasses help support our wonderful Canadian athletes!

I tried to take some photos of my lovely new glasses, but my stupid camera thinks that my memory card is full, despite the fact that I deleted all sorts of photos of them, and it’s stubbornly refusing to take any photos.  I took some photos with my iPhone, but the ones of the glasses on their own didn’t turn out very well. So instead, I’ll share these photos of the glasses in their boxes instead:

The glasses each have the inukshuk4, that’s an important characteristic in a glass.  Also, they don’t have any gold on them, so, unlike the Calgary ones, they won’t be remembered as “those glasses where the gold flaked off.”

Image Credits: Photo of Calgary Olympics glass posted by vivianh on Flickr. The rest of the photos are mine!

  1. FSM bless the magic of Flickr and generosity of those who post with Creative Commons licenses for that photo! []
  2. two of which have Canucks logos on them, for the record []
  3. yes, I realize these are not actually problems, but leave me to my rationalizations, k? []
  4. interestingly, the Firefox spell checker knows “Inuktitut” (the name of some Inuit languages), but not “inukshuk”) logo on one side, but they each have a different design on the other side.  Which isn’t shown on the boxes and won’t show up in the subpar photos produced by my iPhone’s camera.  Perhaps when my regular camera stops being such a bee-yotch, I’ll get some photos that do the glasses justice.

    On a more practical note, the glasses are pretty sturdy – one of the people at the Petro-Can where I bought them said, “Oh yeah, I’ve dropped mine a couple of times and it hasn’t broken yet.”  And given that I’m a DOATV ((Dropper of All Things Valuable []

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Gold Canada Gold!

You could not have written a better script if you tried. Canada loses to the USA in the preliminary round – needs to avenge this defeat. Beloved hometown goalie in net. The Americans tie up the game with only 30 seconds left to go in regulation!  And then young superstar Crosby, who hadn’t done much during the tournament, scores right when we most need it! And the crowd goes WILD!!!!!!!

And go wild they did!  I was watching the game with some friends at The Vogue Theatre on Granville and let me tell you, the crowd went crazy!

Everyone was yelling and jumping and hugging random strangers and we all poured out on Granville Street after we watched the medals being given out and I’ve never seen so many people in my life as were on Granville Street today!  Pictures don’t really do it justice, but this is sort of what it looked like:

People as far as you could see in every direction.  There were quite a few cops out, but they looked a bit at a loss – I mean, there were thousands of people in the streets, but no one was doing anything wrong!  We were yelling and cheering and chanting “Crosby! Crosby!” and singing “O Canada” and playing music and dancing and high fiving anyone and everyone – including the cops! – and when we got to the corner of Granville and Robson it was an absolutely crush of people – like the biggest mosh pit ever.  People were crowd surfing in the street!  There were people climbing light poles:

We enjoyed the crowd for a while and then grabbed some food and then headed back to the Vogue to watch the Closing Ceremonies. And when I left near the end, the street were still full of happy, happy celebrating Canadians1!

I can honestly say that this is an experience that I won’t soon forget!

Also I have to say congratulations to all our amazing Canadian athletes2!  The most gold medals by a country in an Olympic games – that’s pretty freaking amazing!  As Chris put it in her blog posting, we own part of the podium – the gold part!!!

  1. And, in a typical Vancouver scene, I saw cops dumping out some guy’s beer, while not batting an eyelash at the fact that the entire downtown core smelled like pot! []
  2. What? They could be reading this.  You don’t know that they aren’t []

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Go Canada Go!

Ok, so that was a close hockey game! Canada had a nice, comfortable 3-0 lead and then the Slovaks scored two and I nearly died of five heart attacks1 . But thanks to Roberto Luuuuuuuongo2 and his awesome goaltending3, we are going to the gold medal game!

Here’s a photo of me watching the game at Robson Square:

Props to the nice volunteers who were handing out the plastic ponchos!  It kept me from being entirely soaked – I was just nearly entirely soaked.

  1. I totally stole this line from @enniscath.  Because it perfectly sums it up []
  2. as an aside, I love watching hockey games where Roberto Luongo is playing with someone who has never seen him play before. Whenever he makes a save, the entire crowd stays yelling “Loooooooou!” and the new person gets very confused, “Why is everyone booing him?” []
  3. I just typed that as “goldtending” at first. Freudian slip! []

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The Quatchi Kid is Back!

Hey, remember that Quatchi kid from Halloween? He’s back! Check out this adorable video!

In related news, I have yet to see big Quatchi out and about during the Olympics.  And I soooo want my picture with Quatchi!  If anyone knows where I might find him, you be sure to let me know!

OK, women’s gold medal hockey game is back on – third period!  I’m on the edge of my seat!!

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The Internets! It’s ALIVE!

The internets gods have finally deemed me worthy enough to have my very own internets connection in my very own home.  And what a great night for that to happen.  Canada – and Canadian women in particular – kicked some ass at the Olympics tonight and I got to watch it all via the Internet streamed broadcast!  My Internet hookup came just in time to watch the Canadian men kicked some Russian ass at hockey – you know, *Canada’s* sport.  Then I saw the double medals – gold and silver – in women’s bobsleigh and the silver in women’s short track speed skating (3000 m relay). Combine those with Ashleigh McIvor’s gold medal in women’s ski crossClara Hughes’ bronze medal in speed skating in the afternoon and that’s a pretty good haul for the day!

Is 33 too old to take up bobsleigh?

Go Canada Go!

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Congratulations Virtue & Moir!

I don’t know much about figure skating, but I had heard that Canada’s Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir were going into the last part of the ice dance competition, which was held tonight, in first place and so I watched because I wanted to see if they could pull off the gold.  And pull it off they did – they were amazing!!  No one was questioning the judging on this one – they were gold all the way! w00t!

On a related note, does anyone know why at some events they do the medal ceremony right away, whereas for other events they have to wait until the following day’s “Victory Ceremony”?

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China vs. Switzerland

When I bought the tickets for this afternoon’s women’s hockey game, I didn’t know who would be playing as it was a “classification” game, meaning that would would be playing was determined by the standings from the preliminary games.  As it turns out, today’s matchup was Team China vs. Team Switzerland.

Team China

Team Switzerland

It was a pretty entertaining game.  Switzerland was pretty dominant – they owned the neutral zone and pretty much anytime a Chinese player got the puck, a Swiss one would just take it away. There was one woman on Team China, number 14, who was pretty speedy and made a few nice moves, but never managed to get the puck past the goalie.  And the game was more physical than I expected – a fair amount of penalties and definitely as sense of bad blood between the two teams.  Which seemed odd, but stranger things have happened!

The crowd was pretty into the game and cheered heartily whenever Switzerland scored. If China has scored, though, I’m sure the crowd would have cheered just as much!  Near the end of the game the crowd was cheering “Go China Go!”  We really would have liked to have seen them score, but it wasn’t to be.

Me, Kim & Anne at UBC Thunderbird Arena.

Me, Kim & Lance at UBC Thunderbird Arena.

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Congratulations Jon Montgomery

I turned the TV on earlier this evening just in time to see Jon Montgomery‘s gold medal winning skeleton run.  And then, as he walked through Whistler amidst a huge crowd of fans on his way to be interviewed on CTV, someone handed him a pitcher of beer, which he proceeded to chug!  The pitcher1 reappeared later in the interview when Montgomery was asked to show off his auctioneering skills, which he did with said pitcher.  Hilarious!

Montgomery’s medal marks the first Canadian gold won at Whistler and our fourth gold medal of the games!  Go Canada Go!

  1. or at least a pitcher. I can’t guarantee it was the same one, but I suspect it was []

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Canada 18, Slovakia 0

What an amazing freakin’ game!   The crowd at “Canada Hockey Place”1 was electric tonight.  Honestly, it was like watching the team that was on the power play for 60 minutes straight.  Even when Slovakia was on the power play, it looked like Canada was the one with man advantage2.

Usually when a game is a blowout like this, the crowd starts to lose it’s excitement… but not this crowd.  We cheered as loud for the 18th goal as we did for the first. At pretty much every Canucks game I’ve ever been to I’ve seen people leave early, even if the game is close, because they don’t want to have to get caught in crowd leaving.  But not tonight. It didn’t matter that we’d scored the most goals in Olympic history – everyone stayed right to the end!

Apparently Slovakia has only had women’s hockey for 10 years, so you have to give them props for coming out.  Their goalie actually did a pretty good job – the shots were 67-9!

  1. i.e., “GM Place” except for these 17 days in February 2010 []
  2. the “woman advantage”? []