Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Responses, Part 1
Who's your favourite athlete competing for Canada in Salt Lake City? Why?
Here are responses to the above question:
Marc Gagnon. What he has done in the sport of short track speed skating is second to none. Four world championships. Three second places at the world championships and one third place finish at the world championships. He has been on the national team for 10 years and he is still on top of the world competition. He is unbelievable out on the ice. In any distance he is a threat for a medal. The only thing he wants now is an individual gold medal, and with his mindset he will win at least one at these Olympic games.
Robin Clegg because he's the only Canadian biathlete! He's going to make us all proud.
Elvis Stojko for sure! The physical and mental strength combined. This is his fourth Olympics. What an athlete!
Cherie Piper wins my vote - the youngest player on the Canadian Women's hockey team - I've known her since she was 6 years old and played hockey with my son David - Go Cherie, go! (P.S. she's replaced Nancy Drolet)
My favourite athlete in the Winter Games is Chris Pronger. I think he is one of the strongest Defencemen on the team. I Play Hockey on the Pewee 2 team in Calgary, Alta. I am a defenceman as well and he is my idol.
I'm cheering Elvis on, hoping he has a Big upset. But what ever happens, I'll always be a big fan, as he has done Canada Proud.
Who? Well, besides hockey, and given my last name is Ireland - check out the man to watch in the 500M and 1000M Long track speed skating - Mike Ireland!
The Canadian Men's curling team.....Kevin, Don, Carter, and Don.....they are the greatest and I love curling!
Bourne, Kraatz are the very best ice dancers in the world today, with speed and existing lifts and moves that keep their programs moving fast.
It is hard to pick a favorite, as we are very lucky to have so many dedicated athletes. However my favorite is Elvis. Elvis is not only an outstanding skater he is also an outstanding sportsman. His graciousness in this sport deserves a gold medal. I have been an avid figure skating fan for the past 30 years, and while there are certainly positive things to be said about all our skaters Elvis is in a separate league. He is always the same, gracious, pleasant, open and friendly to all around him and moreover not only a good loser, but a good winner as well. He is to be commended in all aspects of his career. I will sorely miss him, and feel figure skating will lose a part of its heart on his retirement.
M. A. Nelson
Canadian ice-dance team of Bourne and Kraatz because, once again, they'll skate their hearts and soul out for a pre-arranged fourth place finish. It's no longer become so much a tragedy, as it has a farce. They skate for the true spirit of sport and the Olympic ideals. Even if they finish 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, they should simply decline the medals, not out of spite, just simply smile and say "thanks, but no thanks". Besides, Shae-Lynn's a babe!!
For sentimental reasons, I select Elvis Stojko. I have been following his career for many years. He is a great skater. Greetings from the U.S.
Beckie Scott. My parents have known Walter and Jan Scott (her parents) for decades. They are wonderful people and have raised an exceptional daughter.
Kelly Law wins my heart hands down because I love quite a bit of flair in a woman like her and she is gorgeous, like all her teammates are. Maybe, not as gorgeous as she (I am sorry ladies) and because I love curling.
Who decided not to include Pierre Leuder's among the athletes to watch? He won gold in 1998 and although he has not had a great season this year, he still has a gold and a bronze to his credit. I find his exclusion especially puzzling, inasmuch as you do include the women's bobsleigh team, which appears to have won a total of one medal; a bronze. I am not saying that we should have excluded the women, only that we should have included Leuders.
Brett Carpentier. He was so close to winning a gold at the last Olympic games. I hope Brett returns to claim the title for the Half-pipe.
Cheers for Roots. They won the classy and style category ! Outfits for the Canadian and U.S. teams look great. The Americans finally had something quality and stylish to wear - that's comments from the U.S. team members on the To Day show.