Vicki Hall

Freelance writer

Vicki has written about sports in Canada for more than 15 years for CBC Sports, Postmedia, the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal. She has covered five Olympic Games, 10 Grey Cup championships and one Stanley Cup Final. In 2015, Vicki won a National Newspaper Award for sports writing and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Latest from Vicki Hall


Connor McDavid's relentless drive for self-improvement is gift that keeps on giving

Connor McDavid is determined to up his game this season. Opposing defencemen be warned, the Edmonton Oilers' 24-year-old star is ready to lead by example in quest to win.

7 Canadian storylines to follow this NHL season

The dawn of a new NHL season is upon us and given the paralyzing impact of the global pandemic, it will be a memorable one regardless of which team hoists the Stanley Cup. Here are some burning questions concerning the Canadian teams before the puck drops on Wednesday.

Ready for anything, Canadian Marielle Thompson accustomed to overcoming odds

Marielle Thompson’s ski cross career highlights include a gold at Sochi 2014, a 2019 world championship and three Crystal Globes, but her 17th-place finish at the 2018 Winter Games gives gives her reason to believe she can navigate the uncertainty of training and competing during a global pandemic.

Canada's Cynthia Appiah driven to prove Black athletes can be 'great pilots'

In bobsleigh, Canada's Cynthia Appiah says Black athletes have historically faced racist stereotypes when it comes to their piloting abilities. But the Toronto native is looking 'dispel the unwritten rule,' by securing a spot for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Paralympian Brittany Hudak helping others through social work during pandemic

After organizers cancelled the 2020 World Para-Nordic Ski Championships due to COVID-19 concerns, 2018 Paralympic bronze medallist Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, Sask., pledged to find her own silver lining in the midst of the pandemic. She would turn to her degree in social work.

Despite horrific bike crash, Para-cyclist Kate O'Brien refuses to quit chasing her dreams

Kate O'Brien went from bobsledder to track cyclist after narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 2014 Winter Games, but the 2016 Summer Olympian is a survivor above all. Overcoming a horrific bike crash that put her in a coma, O'Brien embodies the heart of a champion.

Canadian speed skater Blondin finding her balance while preparing for 2022 Olympics

Like the rest of us, world champion speed skater Ivanie Blondin is navigating life in the midst of a global pandemic. As such, she’s tuning into her own rhythms in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Canada's speed skaters point to NHL bubble success in search for new training hub

Ever the realist, Heather McLean flew home to Canada from the Netherlands in early March and quarantined herself for 14 days, even though it was not yet a requirement to do so.

Flames' collapse the kind of loss that could lead to overhaul of roster

So many questions linger after a campaign of turmoil for Calgary. From the terrifying collapse of defenceman T.J. Brodie at practice, to the dismissal of former head coach Bill Peters for racist comments during his time in the American Hockey League, nothing was easy for the Flames.

Calgary coach says Flames have nothing to be ashamed of despite OT loss to Stars

Geoff Ward hardly sounded heartbroken Sunday when talking to reporters about the one that got away after his team gave up a lead late in the third period before losing in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.