July 27, 2008

Cleveland Plain-Dealer | Ohioan trains for Winter Games in L.A.

[Tina Koenig] is a powerful and promising short-track speedskater who turned her life upside down by moving to Los Angeles two months ago. She left the comfortable surroundings of Salt Lake City, where she lived and trained with the U.S. national speedskating team, which also paid her a monthly stipend.

"I didn't get along with the coaches, and I took the chance and left," she said. "It's probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life."

Koenig, 22, lost her stipend from U.S. Speedskating and is bouncing between the homes of three friends while scraping a living between her job and income from a health drink sponsor, FreeLife.

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July 23, 2008

Canadian ST team in Vancouver

Canadian Press | Short-track speedskating team holds training camp in Olympic venue

Tania Vicent, of Laval, Que., has already competed in three Olympic Games. She took the 2006-07 season off to have hip surgery and would probably have retired if the Games were not being held in Canada.

"I talked to a lot of people that went to the 1988 Games in Calgary," said Vicent, 32, "They said it was the best thing in the world to be able to skate in your own country. I just can't wait. I'm not supposed to think about this but to enter the stadium, be the last country to come in and have the crowd go nuts and crazy, I'm getting goose bumps just talking about it."

Also: The Province | Games give prospects goosebumps

Francois-Louis Tremblay: "Coming to Vancouver in 2010 is the only reason I'm still skating right now. I'm 27, but I wanted to do two more years to make sure that I don't waste this great opportunity to compete in my own country."

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July 17, 2008

North American speed skaters converge on CBC Radio

CBC Radio 3 | Bucky to appear at 2010 Olympics

Thanks to our Canadian operatives for sharing the link!

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July 7, 2008

Recent Outage

Apologies for the OZ outage over the weekend. Things appear to be working normally now, but everything posted since June 30 has been lost, meaning we no longer have the posts or comments for the recent Allison Baver interview as well as the announcement of Mathieu Turcotte's retirement. With luck, we'll be able to restore these, but it's probably a longshot. Here's what OZ's hosting provider explained:

I was able to restore OhnoZone.net, but I ended up using a backup from June 30. The reason was because the server apparently crashed during the backup of your account on July 6. The backup process had overwritten your backup from July 5 and new backup contains 0 bytes.

I have never seen this happen before.

I am looking for a July 5 backup file for your account, but I haven't found it yet. In the interest of not being down for an extended period of time, I restored what I had available, which is the June 30 backup.

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May 22, 2008

Happy 26th birthday, Apolo Anton Ohno!

The years sure are flying by. Here's wishing you another great one!


Many thanks to Theresa for the great artwork!

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May 13, 2008

Short track news

Marc Gagnon to be inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame:

Globe and Mail | Golden relay team leads inductees to Canadian Sports Hall

Gagnon was the dominant short track speed skater of the 1990s and into 2002. Until Cindy Klassen came along, he was Canada's most decorated Olympian with three gold medals and two bronze over three Games. His tour de force was Salt Lake City in 2002, where he earned gold in both 500 and 1,500 and helped the relay team to bronze. He'd earlier won a gold with the relay at Nagano in 1998 and a 1,000-metre solo bronze at Lillehammer in 1994.

At the world championships, Gagnon shone from 1993 to 2001, collecting an incredible eight golds, seven silvers and three bronze.

Yang Yang A was given the honor of being the first torchbearer on Chinese soil for the Olympic torch relay:

AFP | China welcomes home Olympic flame


(Reuters via Yahoo News)

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May 5, 2008

Apolo returns to Dancing With the Stars

Apolo will be back dancing with Julianne once again on the big celebration show marking the 100th episode of DWTS. Tune in Tuesday night to find out how well Apolo has retained his dance training since he won the mirror ball trophy a year ago!

[update]

Former contestant Apolo Anton Ohno and professional dancing partner Julianne Hough pose at the "Dancing with the Stars" 100th show party in Hollywood, California May 6, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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