Remember that miserable Canadian winter we all suffered through, not so long ago? When watching the Winter Olympics was just about the only way to stay warm or, rather, feel warm and fuzzy about something, specifically — our athletes — and their medal haul, on the slopes, around the speed skating oval and in the hockey arena in Sochi?
Canada did what Canada does in winter sports, elbowing its way to the podium, waving the maple leaf with glee and giving us Hosers at home some new national heroes to celebrate. First among them, arguably, was Marie-Philip Poulin, a shy, polite, perfectly friendly French-Canadian, when not dressed in her hockey gear. On the ice Poulin was Clutch. She is an American Killer, and a scorer of two gold-medal sealing goals in Sochi — this after she scored the winning goal to beat the States in Vancouver four years before.
“Sidney Crosby is the best player in the world, in my opinion,” Louise Warren, Poulin’s college roommate at Boston University said after watching her pal dispatch of the U.S. “But I 100 per cent believe that [Poulin] is the best women’s hockey player in the world.”
A Canadian woman, and she is the best in the world. Poulin’s success in February stirred the patriotic spirit. But there are other rustlings out there. Canadian women are on the move. It is their time and, in England, at Wimbledon, it is Eugenie Bouchard’s time. (Photos: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Clive Brunskill/Getty Images, Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Taylor Crosby says she didn’t choose goaltending to avoid comparisons with her famous brother Sidney.
The younger sister of the NHL superstar thinks she’ll still be compared to him in terms of how far she goes in her hockey career. She’s OK with that.
“Even now, there is a comparison I think from the media or other people, but I don’t put it on myself,” Taylor said Thursday night in Calgary. “I think a lot of people will expect you to be a certain way or to be a certain type of player and be really good.
“I know I’m my own person. I try to use him as a role model and [follow] his work ethic, but I don’t compare myself to him. I’m never going to be him and he’s never going to be me.” (Photos: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
Joe O’Connor: Sydney Leroux chose America, and struck at the heart of Canadian insecurity
Gerry Dobson is the dean of Canadian soccer broadcasting, a real pro, as is his partner in the broadcast booth, Craig Forrest who, once upon a time, was an actual soccer pro, toiling away in England.
This impeccably knowledgeable pair was calling a game on Sunday afternoon at BMO Field in Toronto, a so-called “friendly” match between the fiercest of international women’s soccer rivals, Canada and the United States. A record crowd was on hand. And all was going abysmally for the home team as the clocked ticked down.
The Americans led 2-0 when Sydney Leroux — the Surrey, B.C.-born and mostly Canadian-raised Sydney Leroux who had played for Canada as a junior — flashed past the Canadian defence. She deked the goalie. She booted home goal number three for her adopted homeland. (Ms. Leroux, a dual citizen, has an American father.)
It was a bitter slap, one made even worse after Ms. Leroux brandished the U.S. crest on her jersey, like a police badge, at the Canadian fans — before putting her fingers to her lips and shushing them. (Photo: Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn is at the Masters to watch boyfriend Tiger Woods go for his fifth green jacket — but don’t expect to see her following him around the course.
Vonn is still recovering from surgery on her right knee after a horrific ski crash that ended her season at the world championships two months ago. Vonn, who is still wearing a brace, said she will probably watch most of the tournament from the clubhouse.
“I can’t really walk too much,” Vonn told the New York Times. “And it’s so hilly here.”