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Japanese worker offers poignant reminder of what's been lost at these Olympics

Despite the empty stadiums and restrictions for athletes and others, these Olympics, are bringing the world together. 
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After positive test, Canadian Olympian Kelly VanderBeek reflects on stigma of COVID-19

"For now, I sit in my basement, largely on vacation, as my husband cares for my son and delivers my meals," says retired Canadian skier Kelly VanderBeek after contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Simmerling, Labbé keep each other going after Tokyo 2020 (and retirement) is delayed

Stephanie Labbé, goalkeeper for the Canada's soccer team, and her long-time girlfriend Georgia Simmerling, a vital member for Canada's team pursuit in track cycling, have already qualified for the Tokyo Games. But the COVID-19 lockdown measures have rocked them. This Olympic couple had planned to retire. Now, instead of facing four months until retirement they face 16 months.

How isolation is helping an Olympic race walker find his stride

Athletes are used to moving around a lot. Between competitions and training programs, the travel demands are extensive. This change of pace forced upon everyone by the physical distancing measures looks different for all of us. For Olympic race walker Mathieu Bilodeau, it has meant eight straight weeks at home, for the first-time ever.

The solitude of sport

The streets are quiet, the parks are closed, and gatherings are cancelled. This juxtaposition of quiet within a storm reminds retired alpine skier and current CBC Sports reporter Kelly VanderBeek of sport. Of those moments when athletes appear to exist in total isolation amongst the backdrop of competition, crowds, and expectations.

Why storytelling 'hooks' hurt female athletes

In an Olympics where sexism was on the radar, I became acutely aware of the choices I was making; it was most apparent while editing a piece with former Canadian wrestler Tonya Verbeek.