Chicco Nacion

Chicco Nacion returns to his birthplace of Toronto after growing up in Niagara Falls. He graduated from the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program at the University of Western Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @chicco_n

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Lessons from Sochi lifted Ramsay, Oatway to podium in Pyeongchang

Despite heading home from Sochi without a medal, going through the Paralympic experience helped Canada's Alana Ramsay and Kurt Oatway flip the script in Pyeongchang four years later.

Olympic ski cross champs Thompson, Leman have 'will to prepare to win'

There's no questioning the will of Canadian ski cross racers Marielle Thompson and Brady Leman. It's part of the reason that both are Olympic champions and consistent threats on the World Cup circuit.

Canadian skier Erik Guay is going out on his own terms

A back injury forced Canadian alpine skier Erik Guay to withdraw from this past year's Olympics Games in Pyeongchang, ending his dreams of an Olympic medal. But he's determined to prevent the same thing from dictating the end of his decorated career.

Raptors banking on championship pedigree of Leonard, Green

After an off-season that saw the trade of popular star DeMar DeRozan for former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors enter this season with renewed hopes for their first trip to the NBA Finals.

Canada's run at FIBA Women's World Cup reward for Natalie Achonwa's perseverance

Natalie Achonwa loves playing for Canada's women's national team, so a berth in the World Cup quarter-finals is just one more reason for the veteran to smile.

New Raptor Kawhi Leonard remains a man of mystery

Toronto Raptors newcomer Kawhi Leonard finally addressed the media at a jam-packed news conference on Monday, saying he's excited to play in a "basketball city" where fans embrace the team. But he's still not committing to Toronto beyond this season.

Canada's growing roster of stars has team poised for success at Women's Basketball World Cup

Ranked fifth in the world with an increasing roster of stars, Canada's women's national basketball team is ready to play with the sports' powerhouses.

Raonic, Shapovalov enter U.S. Open facing their own challenges

It's been a year of change for Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov as they enter this week's U.S. Open. Raonic finally has some company atop the Canadian men's tennis rankings while Shapovalov has risen from anonymity to becoming a household name.

Mature, battle-tested Barrett ready for spotlight of Duke basketball

Canadian basketball phenom R.J. Barrett has seemingly always played at a level ahead of most guys his age. So it should be no surprise that Barrett — after reclassifying to attend college a year early — shined in his Duke Blue Devils debut with a game-high 34 and 35 points respectively in their first two pre-season games.

Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime can use Tsitsipas' Rogers Cup run as motivation

A year ago, Stefanos Tsitsipas wasn't even at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The rising Greek star was watching from afar as Canada's Denis Shapovalov embarked on a memorable run to the semis. It was something that stuck with Tsitsipas and inspired him moving forward.

Despite lack of fans and competitors, Canada's NACAC success undeniable

Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert was puzzled with the lack of turnout at NACAC over the weekend in Toronto. But while some top athletes were present, many more were missing from the event.

Canada's Jared Kerr soaring to new heights under Carl Lewis's tutelage

A Canadian record holder, an Olympian, a future medallist — those are the first things that come to mind when Carl Lewis thinks about the potential of Canadian long jumper Jared Kerr.

Humbled by nationals, Brandon McBride bounces back with 800m gold at NACAC

Brandon McBride always reminds himself that anyone can lose on any given day. It keeps the Canadian middle-distance runner grounded and focused on the hard work needed to reach the sport's pinnacle.

Aaron Brown became Canada's fastest man by turning devastation into motivation

Aaron Brown saw that he ran a season-best time in his 200-metre disqualification at worlds, which would've been the second-fastest overall. Throughout the year, Brown has drawn on that performance as evidence of what he's fully capable of.

Parenthood gives elite sprinters De Grasse, Fraser-Pryce a new outlook

Andre De Grasse is enjoying all that comes with being a new parent and balancing his track ambitions, which is something Jamaican track star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce knows all too well.