Essential Travel Tips for Canada’s

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The Canada Winter Olympics in 2012 is promising to be quite an event. It seems every year that opening ceremonies get bigger, brighter and more spectacular; world records are broken in a more amazing fashion, and crowds get bigger. However, there is also heightened awareness of security every year, especially in the last decade. If you’re travelling to Canada’s Winter Olympics, we give you some of the inside info on travel insurance.

All About the Canada Winter Olympics

The Olympic Cauldron will be lit in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, marking the official start of the games. All of the regular Winter Olympic sports are on the agenda: ice hockey, alpine and cross-country skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding and figure and speed skating will be heavily attended. There are also a couple of relatively new sports included for this set of games, like Skeleton and Luge.

The Olympics in Vancouver are being held in one of the most picturesque locations ever seen in a host city. That location, however, is also causing a

Five Olympics Sports

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As a lover of sports, the best part of attending the Olympics is the ability to see amateur athletes participate in events that I would never get a chance to see at home in North America. Many sports that take center stage at the Olympics are not shown on TV in Canada and the US and watching the Olympics sport is a fantastic way to expand my knowledge of some of these lesser-known sports.

I was surprised at how much I loved watching some of the events. Here is a list of five Olympic sports that I never would have expected to enjoy as much as I do.

Field Hockey

In Canada, field hockey is a sport usually played for about a week in gym class by the female students and the fact that both men and women play professionally worldwide is something that has been missed by us ice hockey-crazed Canadians. Played on a grass field that is a lot larger than an ice hockey rink. Actually, field and ice hockey have very

Olympic Sport List

sp1The Olympics are the most highly recognized sports events on the planet. Taking place summer and winter every four years, the Olympics draw huge numbers of spectators and a television audience that is unrivaled.

There are a number of sports on the list that might sound familiar, and others that might be surprising.

About olympic Sport List: Summer Water Sports

Aquatics include four separate disciplines – swimming, diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.

Diving has been apart of the Olympics since 1904 when it was introduced at the St. Louis Games. Swimming is an Olympic sport with a great number of events. Since 1912, women have been able to participate. Synchronized swimming is an event that is contested both individually and as a duet. Water Polo has been apart of the Olympics list since 1900; however, women have only been able to participate since the year 2000.

Canoeing is broken into two events – slalom canoeing and flatwater. The boats used for this event include a canoe

Omega Watches and the 2008 Olympics

I’m sure you’ve seen the prominent place Omega Watches at the Olympics in Beijing, China. Omega is the official timekeeper for the 2008 Olympics. This is the 23rd time that Omega has held this position the first of which was in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. At that time, one technician used 30 stopwatches. At the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, watchmaker Paul-Louis Guignard took 185 chronographs, which fit into one suitcase. With the rapid acceleration of timing technology the 2008 Olympic games figures to be the most reliable and accurate in the history of the Olympics. We already saw the accuracy of this technology, specifically Omega’s Touch Pad systems, as Michael Phelps when for his record straight eight gold medals.

At the Beijing Olympic games, Omega is utilizing 109 miles of cables and over 400 tons of timing equipment. Digital photo timing equipment, called Scan O’Vison, will be used for the sprints, hurdles, and medium length races. Omega is also integrating GPS transponders into their timing systems for sailing, rowing and marathon competitions. Given the sophistication of Omega’s timing equipment, results down to 2,000thof a second are now being reported.

Interesting Facts About Olympic Sports-Baseball

Did you know…

Cuba-traditionally the powerhouse in baseball- were beaten by the Dominican Republic at the 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games in Havana, Cuba. The Dominican Republic won the gold medal. The champions were Victor Mercedes, Orlando Guerrero, Enrique Cruz, Johnny Olivo, Julio Dominguez, Mario Marte, Pedro Gomez, Ivan Crispin, Wilfredo Fernandez.
Final standings:
1. Dominican Republic (gold medal)
2. Cuba (silver medal)
3. Netherlands Antilles (bronze medal)
4. Panama
5. Venezuela
6. Nicaragua
7. Puerto Rico

The American senior men’s national team won the silver medal at the 1975 Pan American Games. The U.S team was coached by Smeltzly Hal.

In 1998, Sammy Sosa (Dominican Republic/ Chicago) was elected the “Most Valuable Player of the National League” by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Nicaragua is one of the best teams in Latin America. At the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas (Venezuela), Nicaragua took the silver medal and won the right to compete at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles (California,USA). The players were:Julio Cesar Medina, Leonardo Alberto, Roberto Espino, Juan Gardamez, Ariel Ramon Delgado, Jose Apolinar Cruz, Cayetano Fabio

Volleyball From the Beach to an Olympic

Volleyball has been played from the beaches all the way to the Olympics. You can play it outdoor in the sand like the beach volleyball version or inside on a court with hard flooring. Volleyball came about first as an indoor game in 1895. It was not until 1915 that it was played on the beach in Hawaii for the first time.

Later in 1924 it was played as a demonstration sport by the Americans in the Summer Olympics in the city of Paris. It was not included in the Summer Olympics officially until 1964. It is still played in the Olympics in both indoor and beach versions today.

People love playing this sport for recreation on the beach though just for fun. The players hit the volleyball over the net using their hands and arms mostly. The players however, can use other body parts on a limited basis to try to control the ball. Volleyball is a superb game for all, from best athlete up to the most casual individual at a picnic. Perhaps you’re the individual jumping a foot over the volleyball net for that perfect spike, or

Squandering Our Money Should Be an Olympic

The greatest and most wasteful of all the British government’s grand projects must be the 2012 Olympic Games. Originally we were told that we taxpayers would only have to pay around £2.4 billion for this spectacle. Now those responsible for the event claim that they will stick to a new commitment of a mere £9.3 billion. Recent problems with financing the Olympic Village, with land prices, some disturbing building issues and the rapid evaporation of the £2.7 billion contingency fund suggest that £14 billion may be more likely. Though there is a possibility that the final bill may even be higher once all those riding the Olympics gravy train have given themselves buttock-clenching (for us taxpayers) bonuses for all their hard work spending an Olympian amount of our money. A former Olympics boss foresaw something in the region of £20 billion.

It is unclear whether the probable rise in the bill for taxpayers of to £14 billion is mostly due to the organisers’ dishonesty in deliberately understating the real cost in order to win the public’s support, the International Olympic Committee’s approval and fantastically well-paid jobs for themselves; whether much of the over-run

Olympic Sports Betting

Betting on the outcome of a sports event is a favorite pastime for many people. So when the Olympic Games are being played, you can be sure that there will be lots of betting taking place.

The bets here will not only be on individual teams for various sports but also on which country will ultimately finish with the maximum medals. Betting begins in earnest even before a single match has started.

Germany is currently listed as the favorite to pick up the most medals at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. The Germans are followed by the United States and Norway. Another site lists Norway as the favorite at 11/10, followed by Germany at 5/4 and the United States at 11/5. For those more interested in betting on individual events, ice hockey is a great favorite, with Canada tipped as the favorite to win the gold at 11/10.

Before laying your bets, doing your homework is important. A good approach is to look at teams that are well-rounded with a good goaltender, stout defensemen, good penalty killers and players with scoring ability.

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How is Job Hunting Like an Olympic

What does job hunting and Olympic sports have in common? At first blush, what the heck are you talking about?

Well, in essence, any athlete that wants to compete at that level must understand that, as a minimum, the following will be involved:

• Rigorous Training
• Self-sacrifice
• Significant Financial Investment

By the way, people always underestimate that last part. There are enormous costs involved with training an Olympic hopeful.

Surrounding those three components is the support team. A support team that includes a skill coach (coaches figure skating for example), a strength/training coach perhaps, committed parents, supportive siblings and friends, community sponsorship and support, and all the necessary tools and equipment to train properly.

So, let us look at finding a job. What are some of the key components?

• Rigorous research and analysis. You do not go into an interview without turning that potential employer inside out.
• Research, networking, studying, analyzing takes a lot of time. Until you are hired, it is your full time job!
• It is going to cost you. A

Olympic Sport No Longer?

Softball has been around since a man named George Hancock first invented the game in 1887 in Chicago. It took over 100 years, but women’s fast pitch softball became an Olympic event in 1996.

Fast pitch is different from the looping, relaxed pitch often used in recreational softball leagues. Fast pitch players must hit a ball traveling at about 70mph. This is slower than baseball, but certainly much faster than the meandering slow pitch game. However, since the pitcher’s mound and the home plate are much closer than in baseball, (40 feet versus 60 feet) the player must react to the pitch just as quickly.

The first softball, a spur of the moment creation in that long-ago first game, was a boxing glove tied into the shape of a ball. Today’s softball is 12″ in diameter, significantly bigger than the standard base ball at 9″, and all white. Softball is actually a misnomer, as the ball used in the game is no softer than a baseball, just larger.

The playing diamond is much smaller than baseball’s, with only 60 feet between bases. Baseball diamonds have 90 feet

Online Dating Should Be an Olympic

The Olympic Games program consists of 26 sports, 30 disciplines and nearly 300 events. It is a global event with monumental interest and cultural significance in our world. As such, I would like to formally submit Online Dating/Dating to the International Olympic Committee for consideration of inclusion as an Olympic sport for the 2012 or 2016 games.

Think this is just another boneheaded idea from your friends in the online dating world? Consider this:

Olympic sports are governed by International Sports Federations (IFs) who are in turn recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the global supervisors of their respective sports. In layman terms, that means the big dog IOC lets the little dog IFs manage everything on a local level. Well, such a little dog already exists in the online dating world in the form of reputable online dating websites. That is right, there are some reputable dating websites that are good enough to be called established “Federations.” These websites can be the global governing body of online dating! That was the first step. Now to convince the IOC that online dating is a sport.

Whistler Olympics Sports

Read about the events that will happen at the 2010 Olympics in Whistler. Learn and get a complete definition of all the Whistler Olympic sports.

Alpine Skiing

Alpine skiing is what many people refer to as downhill skiing. The popular sport evolved from cross country skiing when the chairlift was introduced. Although there are many different variations of Alpine skiing, they all require a combination of speed and technique to be won.

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing is a sport where athletes must propel themselves across snow covered terrain using skis and poles. This sport differs from Alpine Skiing as the terrain alternates from downhill, to flat, to uphill.

Biathlon

The Biathlon in reference to the Winter Olympics is a combination of both cross country skiing and rifle shooting. This sport was protested and only made periodical appearances at the Olympics during the early 1900’s as its critics called it “military patrol.” However, during the 1950’s, it was brought back and kept, due to the overwhelming popularity the sport had gained.

Ski Jumping

Why Table Tennis Should Remain an Olympic

Most of us have played ping pong as kids and loved every minute of it without realizing that it is, in fact, a sport. Although, when ping pong is played professionally it always referred to as table tennis. You don’t have to be an etymologist to know that ping pong or table tennis was modelled after regular lawn tennis. It was created in England during the Victorian age as a form of after dinner entertainment. In those days this game was little more than a delightful, challenging game like backgammon, darts or checkers. It didn’t take long, however, for ping pong to spread around the world, and people began to take it very seriously.

In time, the game would become so popular and competitive that it was accepted as an Olympic sport in 1937. In spite of the fact that it was seen as a simple game by many athletes, only one country (England) voted against ping pong becoming an Olympic sport. Those who did not want it to become an Olympic event claimed that it was not an athletic event but rather a game.

Reasons why this game should

Olympic Sport List

The governing body of the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They have been responsible for the games since they revived the Olympic Games with Summer Olympics at Athens in 1896. In 1924, the first Winter Olympics were held in France. Games were held in the same year through 1992 when the IOC began alternating the Summer and Winter Games every four years, but two years apart respectively.

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games were held in Beijing, China, and included 31 summer sports. The 2010 Winter Games will be held in Vancouver, Canada. The number and type of games on the Olympic Sport List varies slightly in different years. Occasionally games are added and discontinued. The IOC also may allow demonstration sports, such as dog sled racing and gliding.

Briefly, the IOC’s role is to encourage and support ethics and fair play in sports, nurture and protect the sporting games and the participating athletes through education, drug testing, and to maintain the highest principles of sports organizations throughout the world. In addition, the IOC is the caretaker of non violent games, concern for the environment, and the protector

The New Olympic Sport?

The London Olympics Games in 2012 hype has officially begun: Charlotte, North Carolina hosted the U.S. and Canadian Olympic Trials for Canoe Slalom in April and Saturday afternoon television broadcasts now feature a variety of pre-qualifying competitions. America’s favorite Olympians are taking over television commercials, billboards and apparel. Michael Phelps endorses Subway’s healthy sandwiches as a substantial snack in his training while Shawn Johnson shows off her grace and agility in the latest Cola commercial. London will be the world’s center stage this summer as more than 204 countries and territories cheer on their teams. Even forklift drivers are gearing up for their Olympic Games debut by refueling on Doritos and Funyuns. Huh?

In Dallas, Texas, forklift operators and fellow employees host their own version of the Games: the 200 meter Forklift Drag Race. Using traffic cones as lane lines, drivers rev up their favorite forklift in the warehouse fleet and take off at an impressive 10 miles per hour. Featured on YouTube, Erik’s Hyster “gets whooped by the ol’ Mitsubishi” in the middle of a parking lot. With that kind of endorsement, perhaps the forklift brand should consider sponsorship for the 2020

Soar With the Olympic

When you think of Olympic Sports you are going to think of a few weeks of games of competition from all over the world. There are a mixture of winter sports and summer sports that make up the games so there is something for everyone to love and watch. If you do not know anything about the games or how the competition is created, than you should know that there are sports and disciplines in the sports. This is how you will be able to keep track of the amount of games and sub games that there are going to be.

For example, there are many different sports that are going to be played during the games. They are split up between games that are held in the summer and games that are held during the winter months. A better way to understand is that there is the swimming competition as a game but the disciplines are going to be swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. Just as skating is a game with figure skating, speed skating and short track speed skating as disciplines. This is how the Olympic Sports keeps things

Fencing Gear Has Evolved With Fencing As an Olympic

Thrilling battles between swordsmen do not always happen in swashbuckling pirate movies! The sport of fencing provides all of the thrills of sword fighting-without the outcome being a matter of life or death. Historical evidence reveals that sword battles have existed since ancient times. By the 1300s, the everyday life of European gentlemen had begun to include swordplay. Within time, secret fencing moves became standards in the sport. By the 1600s, several principles and rules existed for fencing competitions.

Fencing became an Olympic sport in 1896, when the international competition added an event for the foil. The foil is the most common weapon used in fencing competitions and beginner’s fencing classes as well. This sword has the appearance of a training tool that gentlemen used in the 1700s, to train for the small-sword. The torso is the “favored target” of the foil, as the victors in duels of that period were the gentlemen who remained alive.

Then in the 1900s, Olympic officials added two new fencing events based on two different swords: the epee and the saber. The epee weapon is somewhat similar to a foil. However, the difference includes:

  • greater weight
  • larger bell guard
  • stiffer blade
  • blade

Winter Olympic Sports

Even if you’re a big fan of sports, you might be less familiar with certain Winter Olympic sports. That’s understandable, and especially if you live south of the equator. But to better appreciate the Winter Games, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of some of the sports played in them. Here are some that you might be somewhat unfamiliar with:

1. Bandy.

This is actually a demonstration sport that first appeared in the 1952 Winter Olympics, while making a return in 2010. This sport resembles hockey somewhat, although the skaters try to shoot a ball, rather than a puck, into the goal of the opposing team. The sport also has some similarities to soccer. Each team has 11 players, while the field is the same size as a soccer field. Also, the game includes two halves that are both 45 minutes.

2. Biathlon.

While a gun is probably the least likely piece of equipment you’d expect to see in a Winter Olympics event, it’s needed for the Biathlon. This event is a combination of cross-country skiing and target shooting. The first competition was

The Complete List of the Beijing Olympic Sports

Beijing Olympics A Moment In History

The Beijing Olympics will take place August 8-24, 2008, in Beijing, China. During this time the Olympic sport list consists of 28 summer sports. There are also roughly 10,500 athletes that are projected to partake in the Games, with around 20,000 credited media bringing the Olympics to the world.

Here is the Olympic Sport List:

Archery
Athletics
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Beach Volleyball
Boxing
Canoe/Kayak Flatwater
Canoe/Kayak Slalom
Cycling BMX
Cycling Mountain Bike
Cycling Road
Cycling Track
Diving
Equestrian
Fencing
Football
Gymnastics Artistic
Gymnastics Rhythmic
Trampoline
Handball
Hockey
Judo
Modern Pentathlon
Rowing
Sailing
Shooting
Softball
Swimming
Synchronized Swimming
Table Tennis
Tae kwon do
Tennis
Triathlon
Volleyball
Water Polo
Weightlifting
Wrestling

There are 302 different events in these 28 sports. The 2008 Beijing Olympics will mark this the third time that the Olympic events will have been held in the territories of two dissimilar National Olympic Committees. One event will be held in Hong Kong

Athletes from Hong Kong nevertheless are flying the flag of Hong Kong even though Hong Kong is not an independent state.

Olympic Sports Betting

Olympic sports book wagering has become a multi-billion dollar industry, expected to rise ten times over in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. In the mega event to be held, tons of money are due to be splurged wagering on each of the 28 games. As was the case in Beijing, betting in Olympic sports involves several games such as archery, baseball and swimming, besides many other athletic and gymnastic events.

Sports Events in Olympics

In all, the 2012 Olympics is expected to host a total of 10 mixed events, other than the 127 events for women and 165 events for men. Popular category for Olympic sports wagering include men’s track and field where the 100 meter category receives more attention. Also, soccer has played a major role in the history of Olympic sport betting, as is expected to be the case in 2012, scheduled to be held in England.

Other popular wagers on Olympic sports books include the odds on a particular country expected to win the maximum medals. Germany and Russia have always been slight favorites in previous Olympic Games, with the United