2018 Canadian Figure Skating Championships hit the ice

Skate CanadaStarting today the best and brightest of the Canadian figure skating world are sharpening their skates for the 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships.

The Championships return to Vancouver for the first time since 2008, when Patrick Chan scored the first of his 9 Senior Men’s titles, will he secure #10 as he returns to the Vancouver ice?

The 2017 champions in senior disciplines, Kaetlyn Osmond (Women), Patrick Chan (Men),  Meagan Duhamel & Eric Radford (Pairs),  Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir (Dance) hope to remain atop the podium in the lead up to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

As they hit the ice at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre the defending gold medalists will face tough competition from returning 2017 silver and bronze medalists; Gabrielle Daleman, Alaine Chartrand, Kevin Reynolds, Nam Nguyen, Lubov Ilyushechkina & Dylan Moscovitch, Kirsten Moore-Towers & Michael Marinaro, Kaitlyn Weaver & Andrew Poje, Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier as well as dozens of others hoping to step up to the podium.  With Canada having qualified the most entries (17) of any country for the 2018 Winter Olympics, everyone will be hoping to make a mark to gain one of those coveted spots.

In addition to the senior categories, competitors in Novice and Junior disciplines will complete in the week-long figure skating competition. All are hoping to make their name in the field and secure a place in respective national teams for International competitions.

The 2018 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships take place January 8 – 14, 2018 at Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre at UBC, Vancouver.  For schedule, ticket information, stats and live stream visit skatecanada.ca


Americas Masters Games 2016

AMGames2016Are you suffering from withdrawals from the Rio 2016 Olympic coverage? Why not get a taste of world class athletics right here in your own backyard with the inaugural Americas Masters Games – Vancouver 2016.

Thousands of athletes plus their families will be descending upon Vancouver from August 26 to September 4, 2016 for 9 days of sport competition.  Keep your eye open and you may even see a former Olympian or Commonwealth Games athletes on the field of play or on the streets around the city.
Themed ‘Sport Without Limits’, these are the inaugural Masters Games for the Pan-American region, designed to complement the World Masters Games by creating a regular opportunity for Masters athletes (30 years +) to compete in the North, South or Central America region.  Unlike other multi-sport competition, in the Americas Masters Games athletes compete as individuals, not for a county.  Team sports may include competitors from different regions and they may have just come together for these games, just for the love of their sport.

With competition venues clustered around the city; UBC, Hillcrest and Convention Centre and a nightly free public entertainment at Jack Poole Plaza there’s plenty of opportunity for the public to take advantage of the sporting spectacle.  Opening Ceremonies take place this Saturday evening, August 27, 2016 at 7pm at Jack Poole Plaza, your first chance to welcome the athletes to Vancouver’s inaugural Americas Masters Games.  Closing Ceremonies take place September 4th.

Follow @AMGames2016 on Twitter and facebook.com/AMGames2016 to keep up to date with the activities and events.

XXII Olympic Winter Games via Twitter (infographic)

Sochi Olympics have come and gone and the Paralympics are underway.  Olympians have returned home or continued onto their World Cup season and the folks at MedaMiser took a look back over the whole Olympics to see what was trending. They reviewed over 4 million tweets to see who was the most popular athlete at the venues and overall. They also saw that timing of the athletes win made a difference between becoming a trending moment or a passing fancy.

Take a look at MediaMiser’s great infographic to see where your favourite Olympian ended up.

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Behind the Scenes with Olympian’s Instagram & Twitter

With the ready access to Instagram and Twitter to interact with each other and their supporters, many Olympians are giving us a great account of what a day-in-the-life of an Olympian is like at Sochi 2014.

Here’s a few of our Canadian Olympians who are giving us some interesting behind the scenes access.

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First off the Official Canadian Olympic Team Twitter @CDNOlympicTeam & Instagram @CDNOlympicTeam is providing great highlights of the Games.









MarkMcMorris_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 13 05Our first medalist of the Games is @MarkMcMorris on Twitter & Instagram 










McNaughtonJames_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 23 00The Canadian Bobsleigh Team of Justin Kripps ( @JustinKripps ), Tim Randall ( @TimRandall86 ), James McNaughton ( @McNaughtonJames ) and Bryan Barnett have gained worldwide exposure when McNaughton tweeted a photo of the team in training








JustineDufourLapointe_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 40 45The Dufour-Lapointe sisters are on Twitter together @3_SDL and Gold Medalist @JustineDufourlapointe is Instagramming what it’s like to be Champion.









KIrsten_MT_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 33 11Members of the Canadian Pair Figure Skating Team @DylanMoscovitch and @Kirsten_MT  are tweeting some of the fun they get up to on their downtime at Sochi. (Instagram @dyland1984 & @Kirsten_MT )


Once Patrick Chan finishes his competition he’ll probably get back on Twitter ( @pchiddy ) and Instagram ( @pchan31 )






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More from the ice, follow Long Track Speed Skater @Denny_Morrison on Twitter










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and @CharlesHamelin on Instagram for Short Track action










PandaHausOfRock_Photo 2-9-2014, 21 56 50On the downhill course follow Jan Hudec, if nothing else for one of the best Instagram handles @PandaHausOfRock

The 50 Greatest Winter Olympians

Over the next two weeks at the Winter Games more athletes will be making their mark in Olympic history, some have already made an impact this opening weekend. While getting into the Olympic spirit, the editors at The Active Times have assembled a list of the 50 Greatest Winter Olympians.

With the help of an expert panel made up of:

  • Brian Pinelli— Journalist, in Sochi covering his 5th Olympic Games
  • PJ Kwong— Olympic commentator, 25+ years coaching experience, a figure skating expert
  • Tom Ecker— Author, public speaker and Olympic historian
  • Bill Mallon— Former President and Co-Founder of the International Society of Olympic Historians
  • Tony Bijkerk— Secretary-General of the International Society of Olympic Historians
#10 Greatest Winter Olympian Apollo Anton Ohno

The Active Times looked at everything that signifies the Olympic spirit, not just the number of medals won but their significance and impact on the Games and public perception. Each panelist assembled their own list before they were compared and reduced to the Top 50.
Although heavily populated by the great European winter powerhouse countries, a couple of Canadian Ladies Figure Skaters; Barbara Ann Scott & Joannie Rochette made the list.


The Top 10 are:

1. Bjørn Dæhlie, Norway – Cross-country Skiing
2. Sonja Henie, Norway – Figure Skating
3. Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Norway – Biathlon
4. Stefania Belmondo, Italy – Cross-country Skiing
5. Raisa Smetanina, Soviet Union / EUN: Unified Team – Cross-country Skiing
6. Claudia Pechstein, Germany – Speed Skating
7. Eric Heiden, USA – Speed Skating
8. Ricco Gross, Germany – Biathlon
9. Kjetil André Aamodt, Norway – Alpine Skiing
10. Apollo Anton Ohno, USA – Speed skating

 To see the entire Top 50, visit The Active Times

Skullcandy welcomes Olympian Mark McMorris to the family

Just in time for the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Skullcandy introduced their newest brand ambassador, pro snowboarder, Mark McMorris. The two-time Winter X Games champion and with slopestyle making its debut in Sochi, McMorris is will be one-to-watch.  Recognized as one of the most dynamic slopestyle riders in the world he has used a unique blend of athleticism and style to secure signature wins at events like X-Games, the US Open and key Dew Tour stops.Never without headphones on or earbuds in, McMorris is constantly driven and inspired by the music he listens to—which made teaming up with Skullcandy, and the brand’s best in class crew, a seamless decision as he heads into the 2014 Games.

Mark_McMorris_insta_1936x1936_v1“When looking to partner with a brand, I always aim to align myself with the best in the business at what they do to help me achieve my goals and keep pushing forward,” said McMorris. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Skullcandy family, getting involved in product development and seeing where this exciting new partnership takes me.”  “Mark is joining an amazing family of athletes and artists who, similar to him, are committed to performing at the highest level,” said Rob Layer, Sports Marketing Manager, Skullcandy.  “Historically speaking, he is one of the best snowboarders to date. He’s a great fit for our brand and we are hyped to welcome Mark to the Skullcandy family with open arms.”

Feel the beat from all of Skullcandy’s great line up of headphones and earphones online at ca.skullcandy.com then watch Mark go for gold as the Olympic slopestyle competition gets underway February 6th in Sochi.
Tweet your support to Mark at @MarkMcMorris or check out @Skullcandy for the latest tweets on all their athletes, artists and gear.


Nikki Yanofsky opens for Il Volo

Nikki YanofskyNikki Yanofsky – Orpheum Theatre – August 25, 2013

Beginning a night of over achieving young adults, Nikki Yanofsky opened Il Volo’s ‘We Are Love Tour’ at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre.  It is a great showcase for the young jazz singer the sold out show allowed Yanofsky to show off her vocal abilities before an appreciative mature audience.  Unfortunately, many didn’t initially know who the 19 year old was as she broke out her powerful but smooth jazz sounds. However, when she started talking about her fond memories of singing her signature song, “I Believe” during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, almost everyone knew the song. She has matured from the 16 year old Nikki Yanofskyrecording the Olympic anthem and now presented a sleeker more sultry style to the audience.  Her short set was half new material from her upcoming second album, “Little Secret” and a few covers – “Witchcraft” and channeling all her vocal power for an Etta James cover to wrap up the set.  Having this showcase to present her talent to the Il Volo fanbase is a great opportunity to reach Nikki Yanofskynew audiences to expand her own fanbase.

Follow Nikki Yanofsky‘s The Little Secret Tour, on the road with Il Volo or on Twitter @NikkiYanofsky & Facebook.com/NikkiYanofsky