Posts Tagged ‘sports’
Torontoist’s David Hains has a nice post profiling high-profile Canadian Olympic athletes from Toronto at Sochi.
Russia’s legislative and cultural oppression of gays and lesbians has drawn worldwide condemnation and cast a shadow over the Sochi Olympics. There are difficult, and some say impossible, lines to be drawn: between supporting Russia and the Olympics, between supporting the Games and individual athletes—some of whom, of course, are lesbian or gay, and many of whom have been vocal queer allies.
There was no widespread move to boycott the Games, and so a number of athletes from our own backyard, who have trained for years for a chance to complete, are now in Sochi. Here are eight Toronto Olympians to follow and root for, even if you’re not rooting for the country that’s hosting them:
Patrick Chan: This is the Olympian that your grandmother loves, and that is because your grandma has excellent judgement. Chan is a strong medal contender in figure skating, having won the past three world championships. Chan was born in Ottawa but moved to Toronto at an early age. In case you need another reason why this 23-year-old is better than you: he also speaks French and Cantonese fluently. He graduated from North York’s École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé. You can follow him on Twitter @PChiddy.
On Nov. 30, 2013, Don Cherry took to the airwaves on CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada – wearing what appeared to be a shabby chic down comforter as a jacket – and blasted the former NHL players who are suing the League for the way its handled concussions through the years.
“It’s a money grab,” said Cherry, calling the lawsuit ridiculous. “I feel sorry for the guys, but it’s a money grab.”
Bobby Taylor had heard enough. The owner of Black Bull Tavern on Queen Street West in Toronto doesn’t have the bully pulpit that Cherry does; what he does have is a street sign, which he turned into a billboard calling out Cherry’s comments.
The one side reads: “HNIC Don Cherry ‘money grab’ throws hockey players under the bus.”
The other side lists the names of Derek Boogaard, Wade Belak and Rick Rypien, former enforcers who all died in the Summer of 2011.
Good for Taylor.