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Jessica Gregg-An experience I'll never forget

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 | 12:58 AM ET

Jessica won her first ever World Cup gold medal in 500m short track speedskating in February 2009. Jessica comes from a strong pedigree of skaters as he mother was a two-Olympian in the sport and her father Dr. Randy Gregg was a member of the Oilers dynasty in the 1980's.

My team and I are now in Heerenveen, the Netherlands, for the world team championships. Last weekend, we competed in the world championships in Vienna. It was my first time competing in the worlds individually and I reached every one of my goals, including our team goal of earning a medal in the relay.

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Kelly Vanderbeek-This was the first season I didn't get better

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 11:28 PM ET

Kelly Vanderbeek is a downhill skier. With three world cup podiums and a world ranking of 5th in Downhill, she's looking forward to Vancouver 2010.

I am sitting here in front of my computer trying to summarize another season, to find insights into the highs and lows and a way to fully express my motivation heading into next year.

However, at this moment, I'm finding that my body and mind need some time to "catch their breath."

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Britt Janyk-Finding your mojo

Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 06:34 PM ET
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Britt Janyk's has been on the Canadian National Ski Team since 1996. (Photo Courtesy Canski)


Britt Janyk is from Whistler, B.C. and has been skiing on Canada's National ski team since 1996. Check out Britt's website here.

World Cup Finals, season wrap up

The season is coming to an end, the alpine World Cup season, and we are here in beautiful Are, Sweden for the finals. So far the men’s, and women’s downhill events have taken place and today will be the Super G disciplines. I sat out the downhill at finals this season, missing the top 25 by 1 point. That was a little tough to swallow! Kelly Vanderbeek and Emily Brydon raced in the Downhill placing 9th and 14th. In the men’s race the Norwegian Viking, Svindal took the win and the Canadians finished with 3 in the top ten. This was another great result for the guys after their spectacular weekend in Kvitfell last week where Manuel Paradis picked up his first World Cup win and a double podium weekend. It was great to watch and cheer them on.

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Jessica Gregg - Inside the performance of a lifetime

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 12:57 AM ET

Jessica won her first ever World Cup gold medal in 500m short track speedskating in February 2009. Jessica comes from a strong pedigree of skaters as he mother was a two-Olympian in the sport and her father Dr. Randy Gregg was a member of the Oilers dynasty in the 1980's.

A couple weekends ago I won my first individual World Cup gold medal — in the 500 metres, my favourite race. I went into the weekend hoping to do really well as it was my last World Cup before the world championships in March. I wasn't feeling that great in training the week before the competition, but with the help of my coach, Jon, I was ready by the time the races came in Bulgaria.

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Kelly Vanderbeek-Headaches come in many forms

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | 12:53 AM ET

Kelly Vanderbeek is a downhill skier. With three world cup podiums and a world ranking of 5th in Downhill, she's looking forward to Vancouver 2010.

Now that was a tough weekend of travel and racing in Bulgaria. I never thought I'd hear everyone in the finish area say they'd rather be on the track in Val d'Isere!

Well, that could be slightly unfair to the town of Bansko, since the hill was fun and offered amazing potential. But our downhill was set up with the intent of keeping our speeds as slow as possible.

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Katie Tsuyuki - For the love of powder

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 06:59 PM ET

Katie Tsuyuki is a freestyle snowboarder whose discipline is halfpipe. She is a member of the Canadian National Freestyle snowboard team

I always feel so lucky to be a part of a multifaceted sport. I love riding the half pipe and learning new tricks and then bringing them to competition where I can showcase them. However the best aspect of riding is the time off where I can go riding with my friends.

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Jessica Gregg - Great Genes and the Olympic Dream

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 07:59 PM ET

Jessica won her first ever World Cup gold medal in 500m short track speedskating in February 2009. Jessica comes from a strong pedigree of skaters as he mother was a two-Olympian in the sport and her father Dr. Randy Gregg was a member of the Oilers dynasty in the 1980's.


Ever since I was a little girl, I always had the dream of going to the Olympics.

I guess technically I already have been though, as I was in my mom’s tummy during the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary. She was there volunteering at the speedskating oval and watching my dad, Randy Gregg, play in the men's hockey tournament.

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Katie Tsuyuki - It takes courage to follow a dream

Thursday, February 12, 2009 | 07:43 PM ET

Katie Tsuyuki is a freestyle snowboarder whose discipline is halfpipe. She is a member of the Canadian National Freestyle snowboard team

Since the dawning of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece around 776 BC, many of the original elements of the Olympics still hold true.

The public may not fully understand or realize the efforts that are poured into the two weeks of competition that take place every two years. However, the relevance of the Olympics is not only that it encourages sport and healthy competition, but that it builds dreams, especially when the host country is your own.

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Kelly Vanderbeek-One year away.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | 06:21 PM ET

Kelly Vanderbeek is a downhill skier. With three world cup podiums and a world ranking of 5th in Downhill, she's looking forward to Vancouver 2010.


Here I am, one year out from the 2010 Olympics and having just competed in our World Championships. There have certainly been a lot of lessons I’ll be taking with me from the last two weeks’ experiences to better prepare myself for 2010’s big show.


This last week in Val D’Isere has been filled with many demons and with a near comical rollercoaster of emotions. It wasn’t until the second training run in the DH that I truly realized there were some strong emotions that were crippling me out on the hill.

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Heather Moyse - Fourth at the Olympics – unfinished business

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 | 07:51 PM ET

Heather won the Canadian Bobsleigh Championships in 2005, finished 2nd overall in the World Cup Circuit. Her bobsleigh season culminated in a 4th place finish at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

I was asked to write a special blog entry about the Olympics – whatever I wanted: My goals for the upcoming 2010 Olympics; what it feels like to know the next Olympics are in my home country; what it was like to walk into the arena during the Opening Ceremonies at the last Olympic Games in Torino in 2006.

I’ve chosen to write about what it’s like to be in the shadows of the spotlight – what it’s like to place fourth and miss an Olympic medal by 0.05 seconds after four heats of sliding down a bobsleigh track.

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